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To ask how on earth do you keep an organised and clean house in the summer holidays!!

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ginorwine Mon 18-Aug-14 09:18:34

Ours is collapsing about my ears!!:0 average of 8 teens a day going thro it needing food , shoes everywhere , sheer bulk of their stuff , energy , occasional spills. Love it but the food disappears ditto juice and the house needs constant up keep after sleepovers and human traffic! My bedroom is a state as flop in it and the laundry is a pyramid! They do tidy up after selves : in a teenage way smile but it's like livi g in a storm ! We are closest to town so they come here which I prefer so keep eye on em ,
My routine is normally to clean and clear kitchen each night but with loads teens I tend not to go in it so the am is starting with mess etc . We have sofa in kitchen which is a sofa bed and visiting teens sleep there!
I partly love it all and am having a semi humour s rant ! I'm not good at keeping on top of things when the house is full - eg can't Hoover around a roomful of folk?! :0

allisgood1 Mon 18-Aug-14 09:20:36

You get your mum to come live with you June-September. Clean house all the time. Job done. smile

scarlettsmummy2 Mon 18-Aug-14 09:21:36

Make them sit in the garden if you have one!

Hoppinggreen Mon 18-Aug-14 09:21:54

I just adopt the " everyone fed no one dead" approach until September!!!!

ginorwine Mon 18-Aug-14 09:24:02

Hopping - think will try that !
Yes we have garden but they can't watch films in that ha ha!

hamptoncourt Mon 18-Aug-14 09:24:30

I have similar issues gino

I am very happy that my teens and their friends like being here and feel comfortable in my home, but I do get fed up with the mess sometimes.

What works for me is that I talk to the friends and get a bit Sergeant Major with them, and say "Right! everyone needs to do X, Y and Z or the internet is going off/no more sleepovers/no more friends round the rest of the summer." I will then go off and have a shower and say I want it all tidy and cleanish by the time I get back.

They have usually managed to clear all the crap off the floor, put stuff in the dishwasher/laundry and pushed the hoover round.

ginorwine Mon 18-Aug-14 09:25:24

All is good! No spare bed room plus that wd double my stress !! Ha .

pictish Mon 18-Aug-14 09:26:22

I don't. I can't.
I am currently sitting in a disaster zone, waiting for the kids to go back on Wednesday, so I can slowly start to put it right again.

I'm not a spring cleaner...I'm an autumn one. I do the big clear out to ready the house for winter, when we will be spending a lot more time in it.

Preciousbane Mon 18-Aug-14 09:27:13

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ginorwine Mon 18-Aug-14 09:36:03

Hampton - why did I not think of that ! Often teens more willing to help in another house than own ! Teamwork ! Light bulb moment! smile thanks !!!

ginorwine Mon 18-Aug-14 09:39:20

Precious. - A few reasons I guess- they feel at ease here and get fed! Pkus I have time off work whereas parents at work may not let in house pkus a good few live in country side and meet in town and we are in good location!

ginorwine Mon 18-Aug-14 09:40:18


ginorwine Mon 18-Aug-14 09:41:51

Plus part of this rant is tounge in cheek as I partly love it smile !

figgypuddings Mon 18-Aug-14 10:01:06

Pizzas, plastic cups, valium clear a path to the washing machine. I also invested in a small rubbish burner.

BabyGoose Mon 18-Aug-14 10:06:20

We were never allowed visitors at home when we were kids. I hope when my children grow up I'm just like you! I just want all their friends to feel welcome and comfortable in our house.

Kim82 Mon 18-Aug-14 10:08:24

Only one of mine is teenage (13) but all my older 3 bring friends round on a daily basis, no other parent lets them bring their friends into the house. Odd but their choice. Anyway, I tidy up downstairs after breakfast and again after tea. Kids aren't allowed out in the morning until their bedroom is tidy. In between my two cleaning times a day the house is a state but with a 4 week old as well I just can't bring myself to care! At least it's tidy in the evening when I sit down to relax for the day and that's good enough for me.

DemelzaandRoss Mon 18-Aug-14 11:01:02

Don't worry about it. Nothing bad will happen. Just clear up when they've all gone back to school.

aquashiv Mon 18-Aug-14 11:55:26

Just ask them to help.

Stinkle Mon 18-Aug-14 11:59:17

I've given up trying.

Kitchen and bathrooms are fine, living room has seen better days but nothing 5 minutes shoving things in the cupboards and a whizz round with the hoover won't solve.

The rest of it is a pit

I'll sort it out when they go back to school - no one has died yet

foxdongle Mon 18-Aug-14 13:50:15

Mine help with the once a week blitz, then just a quick tidy every day.
DC are more out than in tbh.
Also we go away at least twice and have lots of days out -less tidying required.

maninawomansworld Mon 18-Aug-14 16:15:46

8 teenagers in the house............. !
There's your reason for the bomb site. Unless they're all your own teens I wouldn't be having any of that shit... don't they have their own homes?

deakymom Mon 18-Aug-14 16:31:46

go on holiday my house looked great till i got home! seriously the kids help make the mess and clean it up (mostly)

WillWorkForMoney Mon 18-Aug-14 17:42:45

My mam always had an open house for all our friends and we loved it. I'm hoping to have the same for my dd's, but dp is a bit of a grump so i'm easing him in slowly lol.

My house is currently a tip as we moved 9 days ago and things have not found permanent homes yet so loads of stuff stored all over. I can't wait until the kids go back so I can sort stuff. I've spent 2 weeks of the holidays preparing to move and then a week sorting the important stuff, so i feel the rest of the holidays can be the kids' time to do some fun stuff.

ICanSeeTheSun Mon 18-Aug-14 17:45:15

You don't, grin and bear it till September book 2 days off the 1 for cleaning the other just to sit in a nice clean tidy quiet house until pick up time.

Preciousbane Mon 18-Aug-14 18:58:40

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