last week i started my new yrs resolution of keeping a consistantly clean and semi orginised house. The idea to be consistant so it doesnt get on top of me to the point i have waist a whole weekend stuck in the house cleaning and sorting whilst i make dh takes the kids out. You know a little everyday so i dont have to panic when someone knocks at the door popping in on the off chance, and my house looking and stinking like a sty (obvs exageration). Anyway im getting by by making daily lists and working though them whilst dd is at nursery and ds is asleep so good so far. but i am just curious (noisy) as to what everyone elses routine is. In the hope i can improve or streamline my own thanks
I'm a big fan of the 'little & often' approach, and of having cloths and cleaning materials hidden around the house (not just in the kitchen or utility room) so you can give somewhere a quick once over while you're e.g. waiting fro a bath to run etc
I can't abide lists, or routines. When I was pregnant with DS I drew up a big rota with just about every household job imaginable on it, divided them into days of the week, and laminated the bloody thing. Needless to say I have never looked at it again.
So with that in mind I just try and keep the place tidy - I give the kitchen a quick going over every day after I've done the breakfast dishes - takes about five minutes - so it's never appalling. because it's small, I feel forced to keep it tidy.
I hoover when the hallway is bad, sometimes every day but if we are out of the house a lot maybe it ends up being twice a week.
Washing, conveniently my washing basket holds one load's worth so I just do it when it's full.
I wash up a lot though, after every meal really as the kitchen looks messy otherwise.
Bathroom and toilet I do at the weekend, and give a quick wipe when needed - like Whippet suggests, I keep bathroom cleaning stuff and cloths in there... and use baby wipes a lot too
Um, what else... I loathe mopping so DP does that at the weekends, if the floors are bad when it's rained I just get the worst bits with a cloth during the week.
Dusting... whenever I hoover I suppose. Ihave huge cobwebs at the top of the stairs I keep forgetting about.
Bedrooms are kept pretty tidy, I run around picking up clothes/toys while brushing my teeth in the morning because we then don't really go upstairs in the day so it keeps it tidy.
Think that covers it? I don't feel I do a lot, washing and ironing is where I get fed up, so that aside I reckon twenty minutes a day is enough to keep it presentable if anyone popped over unexpected. Having good storage and not too much 'stuff' helps.
I did have cleaners while I worked though, much preferable I have to say...