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To ask how many hours a day you do housework?

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Moomoomango Fri 22-Apr-16 10:39:15

Excuse the mundane -ness of this post. I grew up in a house where next to no cleaning got done.. That's all I know as normal. Now living in my own house with two children id love to know what is normal?

I do probably about 1-2 hours if you exclude cooking but include laundry, cleaning and tidying. Does that sound about right?


Writerwannabe83 Fri 22-Apr-16 10:47:57

I do about 1-2 hours at well. I would imagine that's pretty standard smile

NoCapes Fri 22-Apr-16 10:48:56

I pretty much do it all day every day
And you'd never know looking at the state of the place

19lottie82 Fri 22-Apr-16 10:55:48

Hours? As in plural? Per DAY? Ha!

Pyjamaface Fri 22-Apr-16 11:00:31

Excluding cooking probably about half an hour a day.

I can scrub the entire house in 2 hours

LBOCS2 Fri 22-Apr-16 11:02:01

I potter. I wouldn't say that I do consistent housework at all; when things need doing I put them off until they're truly disgusting do them. Clean the sink while toddler DD is having a bath (or poo!), wipe down the kitchen while lunch is on, etc.

Junosmum Fri 22-Apr-16 11:02:43

About the same as you if you add it all up- making the bed, washing up, tidying, wiping surfaces, laundry. Takes a bit longer on days where I hoover and clean the bathroom and mop- 2-3 on those days.

witsender Fri 22-Apr-16 11:03:12

Half an hour to an hour. Including washing up etc. Little and often means it is easy to keep on top of so that just means putting a wash on and out every other day, a quick Hoover round, put toys etc back in rightful place, tidy kitchen after each bout of cooking or eating, wipe round bathroom while kids bathe etc.

pottymummy Fri 22-Apr-16 11:11:58

I feel like I'm ALWAYS doing it, but that's not true. I do as little as I can. The washing is endless. We vaccuum once a day at least downstairs, but I only do the stairs and upstairs once a week.
The washing up/cleaning kitchen/wiping surfaces is also never ending. I try to avoid 'big tidy ups' because I'm naturally messy and I hate that but every few weeks we go to it.
I do bathrooms once a week and DH will do them as well <because apparently I don't do them properly (this means I don't throw bleach at everything)>
So I guess on the days I work a full day, I probably do half an hour. (cooking not included)
On the days I work a short day I try to do the bigger jobs and its more like an hour and a half.

Oysterbabe Fri 22-Apr-16 11:21:57

If you exclude cooking, about zero hours.
DH does almost all of it smile

QforCucumber Fri 22-Apr-16 11:25:55

When working full time probably about 30 minutes a day, currently on maternity leave and it seems never ending. How can 1 small person who is only 5 weeks old create so much mess??!!

HackerFucker22 Fri 22-Apr-16 11:25:57

On a work day all I do is cook.

Non work day and I'd say max 90 minutes a day BUT I am not including anything related to the kids (school run, breakfast ans dinner, baths, entertainment etc..) which is what takes up the bulk of my time.

Brummiegirl15 Fri 22-Apr-16 11:27:57

Er...... I'm a lazy cow so provably couldn't tell you.
That said I feel like I do washing every other day <looks at 17 week old DD dribbling milk>

CazM2012 Fri 22-Apr-16 11:27:59

Around 4 hours a day but I do have anxiety on cleaning so I know compared to a lot of people it is excessive.

PurpleTraitor Fri 22-Apr-16 11:30:58

2 hours probably

The downstairs has to be vacuumed at least once a day or it gets unmanageable, that and the dishwasher gets done first thing usually, along with getting a load from the dryer folded and away, getting a load of wet into the dryer, another load on and pegged out if fine, and a dirty load in the machine before we go out.

Beds, cleaning the bathroom, washing the windows and patio doors, mopping the floors, wiping surfaces, mirrors, etc, all a constant battle

Then it depend if you include outside duties as well - bins, recycling, constant sweeping, weeding, mowing, garden tidying, jet washing etc.
It is why I wonder why it is people's ambition to have a big house. Mine isn't small but it's not huge either, it always seems never ending

PurpleTraitor Fri 22-Apr-16 11:34:09

I do at lEast two loads of washing every day or it builds up. What am I doing wrong there?

sirfredfredgeorge Fri 22-Apr-16 11:36:58

PurpleTraitor Where do you live that there's so much dust that after just a day it's too deep to push a vacuum through? That can't be healthy!

HostaFireandIce Fri 22-Apr-16 11:37:21

Excluding cooking? On the average day? Nothing much beyond every now and then loading the washing machine. Then once a week or so I'll go crazy and do a couple of hours. I used to feel quite pleased with myself when I did that. I won't now after reading this!

PotatosMum Fri 22-Apr-16 11:40:32

Hours? Wait a minute, there's supposed to be hours per day allocated to clearing? I am such a failure blush

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 22-Apr-16 12:09:33

I always makes the beds shove bleach down the loo, plump up cushions on the sofa, hoover every other day and I keep the kitchen tidy and clear as I like it that way plus if the cat jumps up it's easy to wipe down easily.

I keep the place clutter free so it's easier to keep tidy.

MissPunnyMany Fri 22-Apr-16 13:23:48

Probably the same i.e. 1-2 hours, but broken up over the day. I'm a clutter-hater though and tidy as I go whenever I'm at home. I hate untidyness, it grates on me.

Mishaps Fri 22-Apr-16 13:24:59

2 hours a WEEK at the very most - life is far too short for anything more.

G1raffe Fri 22-Apr-16 13:26:33

Hours?! How? When? No wonder I'm not on top of my house. Mines too small for the amount of things though.

CaptainCrunch Fri 22-Apr-16 13:29:36

It gets a good clean once a week which takes about 2 hours and half an hour a day after that.

kimlo Fri 22-Apr-16 13:30:30

Ive just finished my big weekend clean, I started at half 9 so thats 4 hours.

Then on a saturday and sunday about an hour and a half, but with ironing on top of that on a sunday which on average an hour and a half sometimes 2.

Mondays is about an hour and a half after work.

Tuesday to thursday is about half an hour a day because im in from work later.

Most of its routine and I dont notice im doing it half the time.

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