If you had an hour to blitz a messy house, what would you do?

(16 Posts)
tabbycat7 Mon 06-May-13 18:00:59

I'm thinking the 20% that makes 80% difference. I've been sorting through the dses toys and filled 2 binbags with broken toys and emptied 2 wardrobes that were harbouring junk, but the rest of the house has slid closer to total chaos. There is stuff everywhere, it's bordering on horrific. I've got an hour tomorrow while dses 1 and 2 are at school and ds3 is at nursery and ds4 naps. Any tips for making a nice big dent in the mess?

TIA

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HDEE Mon 06-May-13 18:02:30

Gather all laundry and shove a load in the machine

Load dishwasher

Hoover floors

Pollydon Mon 06-May-13 18:03:31

Get all surfaces wiped & floors mopped \vacuumed. That should put a dent in it.

issimma Mon 06-May-13 18:21:02

Choose one room. Remove anything that doesn't belong there and put in any other room. Take rubbish/recycling from that room out. Wipe surfaces, Hoover floor. Repeat til you've worked through all rooms! And stick a load of washing on before you start.

tabbycat7 Mon 06-May-13 18:23:31

Wiping everything in sight sounds like a good plan. If I attempt to hoover at the mo it might break the thing [blush ] I was pushing the stuff out of the way with the hoover last week blush

tabbycat7 Mon 06-May-13 18:26:12

Starting to feel motivated now. Thanks folks: )

VerySmallSqueak Mon 06-May-13 18:28:30

Wash load on.
Toys away.
Shoes,coats,bags away.
Rubbish off floors.
Rest of dirty clothes in laundry basket.
Piles of clean washing to put away somewhere out of sight.
Empty bins.
Wash up and put away.

Work fast and intensively.

Just what I need to do in a mo. blush

Springforward Mon 06-May-13 18:29:18

Kitchen, bathroom, dishes and laundry I think.

VerySmallSqueak Mon 06-May-13 18:32:01

I'd probably start off firstly though with getting a bit shouty at the kids tbh.

BeaWheesht Mon 06-May-13 18:33:09

I'm planning on a bit of a blitz tomorrow when ds is at school - dd (2) will still be here to hinder help though.

My plan is:

Tidy toys which are in living room
Sweep and mop floor
Clear work tops in kitchen - clean
Clean all toilets and sinks
Put paperwork in box file
Hoover stairs

Restorer Mon 06-May-13 18:33:20

We did this this morning - as your dss are school age they can help, 4 of us working for 40 mins and house looks great

Dss put all toys away from downstairs - during room us mostly used as a play room.

Ds1 hoovered stairs and cleaned finger marks off doorhandles, i ran through house with recycling bag picking up newspapers etc then cleaned bathroom, ds2 dusted through downstairs, dh emptied and refilled dishwasher, wiped over kitchen sides then hovered downstairs

Then we spent a lovely day in the garden so noone messed it up!

DinoSnores Tue 07-May-13 09:53:43

I set the timer for 5 minutes and focus on making a difference in each room. It's amazing what having a made bed, a clear surface, a clean sink makes etc. Sometimes I don't need the whole 5 minutes but it is nice to beat the clock!

ouryve Tue 07-May-13 09:57:07

Remove surface clutter from areas you spend most time in. Make sure the kitchen is clean enough not to make people Ill.

BoffinMum Wed 08-May-13 00:26:50

Put all the crap into a laundry basket for later sorting.
Tidy, dust and Hoover sitting room.
Spruce up kitchen.
Tidy own bedroom a bit.
Remove any clutter from hall.

Picturesinthefirelight Wed 08-May-13 00:40:02

Fly lady Crisis Cleaning

15 mins in each room. Set a timer and work as fast as you can. When the timer goes off move to the next room

Kitchen - Clean sink, fill with hot soapy water & start to clear left & right work tops. Empty dishwasher.

Living Room - Clear coffee table or pick up toys/throw away old newspapers. Have a bin bag for the rubbish and a box/wash basket for anything that doesn't belong in the living room to put away later.

Kitchen - carry on clearing off work tops

Bathroom - clean bathroom sink. Pick up towels & diirty clothes & put in wash basket.

Kitchen - wipe down the now clear workrooms & sweep/mop floor

Living Room - carry on picking up and putting away then dust & Hoover.

tabbycat7 Wed 08-May-13 10:05:34

Thanks everybody. I love the idea of using a timer. I got nothing yesterday thanks to bus aggro and forgotten PE kits :S Hopefully I can have a crack at it tomorrow.

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