Ugh! This house! (VENT)

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Ugh! This house! (VENT)

Am I the only one struggling to keep up with a clean and organized house?? Moriah is into EVERYTHING!!! I pretty much need to follow her around when she is awake because I just don't know what she would find to play with or eat for that matter if I am not giving her undivided attention right now. Therefore, I don't get a whole lot done...

During her nap time, I try to clean up from lunch, etc but it is nice to have some Mommy time or hang out with my 5 year old. By the end of the day after the kids are to bed, I am totally exhausted and don't feel like doing any housework.

I don't know how I kept up when I was teaching full time. Granted, I only had one child..but still!!!

Ok, just complaining....

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No, you're not the only one! Smile And here's something else I've learned: when you work all day, there's no one around to make a mess. But once you start staying home, that's 8+ extra hours a day of toddler mess-making potential!

Our secret to a "clean" house - invite friends over frequently for dinner. When we're having friends over semi-regularly, our house manages to just stay clean enough that it doesn't look like a dump. Smile

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"harmonybear" wrote:

No, you're not the only one! Smile And here's something else I've learned: when you work all day, there's no one around to make a mess. But once you start staying home, that's 8+ extra hours a day of toddler mess-making potential!

Our secret to a "clean" house - invite friends over frequently for dinner. When we're having friends over semi-regularly, our house manages to just stay clean enough that it doesn't look like a dump. Smile

We do this, too (inviting people over to eat). I was just complaining on FB that my house is a complete disaster! Usually I am diligent about doing the dishes after dinner but I just was not feeling it last night. DH will pick up my slack but Liam is sleeping like crap AGAIN and we were both too exhausted. Now I know why I am so "on it" at night - it is REALLY annoying to wake up to a messy house.

So I am avoiding it at the moment - ugh- I just need to get up and get it done but sweet baby girl is sleeping on my chest and Liam is playing nicely with his toys and we have relaxing music on - a cup of coffee would be the only thing to make this moment better...but i would have to walk in my dirty kitchen to make it!

BTW - my Dad and Grandma went in together for Christmas and got us a cleaning lady. Its a friend of a friend who cleans houses, and they paid for 6 cleanings, so I have her come every other week! It was the MOST amazing gift anyone has ever gotten us! I am actually cutting corners on a lot of areas to help keep it up a few times longer Smile it helps that I don't have to pay for childcare over the summer. Just a thought if you are thinking for the perfect birthday or christmas gift....i will never ask for anything else again Smile

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My house is also a disaster area. I've decided that until the girls are in school my only hope is to keep to my one room a day cleaning schedule, and do pick up as needed in the rest of the house. Today is Monday, so the bathroom will get a good cleaning, but the rest of the house will just be what I can do with the time I've got (ie, pick up toys, sweep up cheerios, etc). Tomorrow is the girls' room and guest room, Weds is my bedroom and the kitchen, Friday is the living room. It still looks awful over here, but it helps me because I don't feel pressure to keep everything spotless, and I know it's all been cleaned well sometime in the last few days.
That said, I miss my nice clean house and toddler mess is driving me NUTS!:crazy:

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We have it a little easier because we only have one kid and DH is home.

We keep the clutter at a minimum during the week and I do the mjor "cleaning" on the weekends. DH is great at laundry and keping the litchen clean though. I rarely touch the dishes any more!

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"harmonybear" wrote:

No, you're not the only one! Smile And here's something else I've learned: when you work all day, there's no one around to make a mess. But once you start staying home, that's 8+ extra hours a day of toddler mess-making potential!

Our secret to a "clean" house - invite friends over frequently for dinner. When we're having friends over semi-regularly, our house manages to just stay clean enough that it doesn't look like a dump. Smile

Ohh, entertaining and hosting dinners is a great idea. I would be forced to keep up! And, yest that is true. Being gone all day and working full time, there isn't really a chance for the house to get too messy. That is probably how I managed it with only one while working!

Jo-I would love to have someone come and clean the house!! What does she do? Vacuum, dust all rooms? This would mean that things need to be picked up ahead of time?

I also think breaking up the cleaning tasks and rooms for different days is a great idea!

thanks for making me all feel better!!

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We are there, too. I think it doesn't help that there are 4 of us, plus an 85 pound dog and two cats living in a 900 sq ft house with no closets or basemet. Seriously, our kitchen has turned into half its size becaue of piles of junk all over. Hopefully this will improve a bit, as we are keeping our fingers crossed for this new house we've been looking at!

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Hugs Mama!!! There's a lot of Mamahood stuff we're not told isn't there!!! Who would have thought it would be so difficult!!!

Can you get Sophia to help with the clean up? Make a chore chart (or get her to make a chore chart). These days Jeena is all about making her own charts, doing her jobs and colouring in her squares on her chart when she'd done them, etc. Give Sophia one area to clean up? That might help a bit. I know she can't clean clean it but at least neaten it up a bit!!

We also have lots of playdates over so it keeps our house quite neat and tidy. We also have a very minimal amount of toys in the living room and they don't even play with all of those!

Hang in there Mama, step by step! Smile

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the cleaning lady does all our floors, the bathroom, the kitchen (if we leave dishes out she will clean them and put them in the dishwasher). she tidies up, but I usually do that before she comes. She will throw any clothes out down the laundry shoot, she makes the bed and changes the sheets and the sheets on the cribs. She dusts and wipes down the kitchen table and my favorite thing she does it scrub the crap out of Liams high chair!! She does the fans, too. She has a steam mop for the wood floors and ceramic tile in the kitchen and the bathrooms. She vacuums the bedrooms and the couch in the living room.

She is amazing. She does it all in about 3 hours or so and it is AMAZING! I just do one thing daily to try to keep up with it (i.e. Mondays and Wednesdays I swiffer the floors, Tuesdays and sweep in the kitchen, and Fridays and Sundays I quick dust).

The toys and baby stuff gets out of control and I get behind on laundry, but I use Wednesdays when Liam is at the sitters to get all caught up on that. Plus, I am donating 3 bags of toys to AKS next week. He just has too many toys and he really does not need them! We are literally down to a small basket in the living room, his toy chest in his room and a laundry basket in the basement!

She charges 50$ each time she comes, which is not too bad. You can actually find cleaning people on Criagslist, but obviously only use one with refernces and stuff. My bro and SIL have had the same guy for 3 years. He comes every other week and gave them 10 references to call! she found him on Craigslist. Our lady is a friend of a friend.

Anyway...I swear it has saved my sanity. The cherry on the sundea is that this Friday is her last cleaning as far as my dad and gma paid but my MIL moves in with us for 6 weeks (while I finish out the school year to take care of baby and Liam) and she is a cleaning machine so it should be kept up and I am going to have Tonya come back every other week over the summer using some of the childcare money we are not using Smile I am so excited...Fall is a different story, we will have NO money, but hopefully DH will be around more since he will be student teaching:yahoo: and not working retail!!!