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Schmaffy Mon 21-Feb-11 16:58:12

Conflicting discussions with friends have prompted this post (and the fact that I'm ridiculously nosey!)

I think I'm pretty normal, so on a good week I
* Wipe down kitchen surfaces (and sink) every day
* Wipe down and bleach loos every few days
* Polish furniture once a week / fortnight
* Hoover once a week
* Mop once a week
* Clean bathroom once a week
* Wipe down kitchen with kitchen cleaner once a week
* Bedding changed weekly
* Towels changed weekly

On a busy week less is done ... (hoovering and polishing normally first to go...)

Toying with getting some of those e-cloths to wipe bathroom over with every day so less hard water marks but not sure if I can be bothered grin

However, I have friends who hoover house and 'propely' clean bathrooms and kitchens every day. Others hoover every half-term.

What's a mn 'normal'???

Hiddenaspie1973 Wed 13-Jul-16 14:49:18

I do a lot and I love those Brillo pink pads ☺️
Only because I work 2 school days a week so don't earn enough to do anything more interesting. Plus we have a white cat...bloody fur!!
When I worked 30-40 hours per week I did the bare minimum. Oven never got cleaned. Upstairs never was hoovered.

kansasmum Mon 11-Jul-16 17:00:52

Millimat- yes! Honestly! I bung the laundry in and let it get on with it.
Wipe over toilet and basin and spray down shower with vinegar and water ( I use this to clean everything!).
I have a mop with spray bottle attached and a microfibre mat so spray and go. Takes 5 mins to wash the floor. Because I do it often it never gets filthy.
Then Hoover.
Honestly no more than 20 mins!

CatherineDeB Mon 11-Jul-16 13:49:31

I vacuum most days, well the hallway and four rooms we use downstairs anyway, very hairy dog. Kitchen is always clean, we just clean it after we use it, takes a couple of minutes. Bathroom gets a quick wipe when I am in my towel from the shower most days. DH cleans his bathroom every few days. Dusting happens before my mother visits wink so twice a month max, floors get mopped when obviously dirty, otherwise vacuuming is enough for me!

Windows probably every three months when each room gets slightly more attention than usual. Upstairs vacuumed and dusted twice a month on average, sometimes more.

DH and I can go through the whole house (5 beds, 4 receptions plus kitchen/utility) in a couple of hours (generally before people come to stay) because it is generally ok ish.

Load of laundry most days but if the weather is rubbish I save it up and do 4 or 5 loads on a nice day. Ironing is every man for himself! We iron everything as we go!

CwtchMeQuick Mon 11-Jul-16 10:45:36

I do stuff as it needs doing.

Probably works out as:
sweeping and hoovering downstairs about once a week, maybe twice. (Upstairs much less, moved in 2 months ago and think it's been done once since)
Wipe down kitchen sides and load the dishwasher every day. Washing up might not get done every day if there isn't much to do.
Bleach loos and wipe around sinks and sides about once a week.
Change bedding once a week/10 days.
Dusting and polishing is very much when I get sick of the dust, or when my nan is coming. Maybe once a month. Windows about the same, don't think I've cleaned them since I've moved in but they still look fine.
Do about 5 loads of washing a week. Sometimes I put a load on every night and hang it out while the kettle boils next morning, sometimes I do 3-4 loads in one day if I'm home and it's nice weather.
Usually tidy the living room every evening once DS is in bed otherwise it bugs me and I can't relax. This consists of throwing toys into the toy box and moving piles of paperwork to the kitchen to enter the filing system and never be seen again.

I do very little in comparison to most people blush

millimat Mon 11-Jul-16 10:18:56

Kansasmum, you can mop kitchen floor, clean the bathroom, do a load of washing AND vacuum downstairs in 20 minutes?!shock

HeadDreamer Mon 11-Jul-16 10:00:20

Similar to you, but we have a cleaner wink

This is the only bit we do
* Wipe down kitchen surfaces (and sink) every day, after dishes
* Wipe down and bleach loos once a week, because the cleaner also does it once a week.

kansasmum Mon 11-Jul-16 09:48:53

I clean the bathrooms daily and vacuum or sweep downstairs daily.
Kitchen floor is mopped daily.
Kitchen work tops cleaned daily.
Laundry everyday.
Vacuum upstairs 2-3 times a week.
Fridge cleaned weekly and kitchen cupboards wiped weekly.
Windows fortnightly.

Takes me about 15-20 mins a day to do my daily cleaning.
I do a thorough clean once a week including dusting etc and it takes about an hour and a half.

wobblywonderwoman Mon 11-Jul-16 09:43:49

I hoover the open plan every day, sometimes twice (baby and toddler)

Wipe kitchen down daily

Fridge / oven fortnightly

Polish and hoover house once a week

One or two loads of washing a day

Declutter constantly. At the moment getting rid of a bag a week.

Toy tidy- daily

Wash rug and cushion covers a once a month

Need to do the bathrooms more often. I give a quick wipe but need to de limescale and clean silicon and grout

millimat Mon 11-Jul-16 09:34:25

twinmummy if you change your towels every 2-3 days, have twins yet only do washing every 3 days or so, how do you manage?!
Am I going wrong somewhere? I do what averages out at 1-2 washing loads per day, but would be extra when bedding and towels are done.

minatiae Mon 30-May-16 16:54:38

I was beginning to think I was odd as most of my friends's houses are always showroom tidy.

I bet they're not. My house is never dirty but it's often disorganised. My friends would tell you my house is always showroom tidy. It's not. I just make it look that way whenever I know someone is coming over and I don't have people over without prior warning.

rabbit123 Mon 30-May-16 14:50:38

Schmaffy, your cleaning regime sounds similar to ours. Only difference being that we have 2 long haired cats, so I vacuum most days. But I tend to "spot vac" through the week and just do the high traffic areas that get visibly dirty, as and when they need doing.
Toilets all get a squirt of loo cleaner and a quick wipe a few times a week, but get a proper scrub at the weekend

skivvywoman Mon 30-May-16 14:44:20

Wipe down kitchen everyday
Wipe bathroom and bleach down Loo everyday
Dust every2nd day and polish every 2nd day
Hoover everyday
Try and steam mop everyday and use hot bleachy water to mop couple of times a week
Iron once a week
Change beds fortnightly or dd every week as she always gets it dirty
Change hand towel and bath math couple of times a week
Wash towels after every 2nd use
Wash laundry daily

And every night my house looks like it's never been touched!!

grandmaLee Mon 30-May-16 09:17:45

Good for you. I was beginning to think I was odd as most of my friends's houses are always showroom tidy. Mine isn't . Why do we women care so much about cleanliness and tidiness. I'm sure men don''t.

fl0b0t Wed 06-Feb-13 17:44:19


I've got morning sickness. Not sure a toilet in our house has been cleaned for weeks.......

I'm sure once baby comes along I will be much more houseproud.... right?! ;-)

tinygreendragon Wed 06-Feb-13 17:02:31

Kitchen surfaces, oven hob, kitchen floor, toilet, bath and shower get a quick once over every day. Then both kitchen and bathroom get a proper full clean once a week.
2x Bedrooms get a dust, sweep & mop once a week.
Living room, stairs & hallway gets a dust and hoover once a week.
Bedding and towels get washed once a week. Clothes when there is enough for a full loads (about twice a week)

Once a week I'll do a different 'yearly' or 'every 6 months' job like cleaning the oven, washing the curtains, descaling the kettle, decluttering, cleaning the patio, rotating wardrobe, clearing the drains, cleaning the fridge etc.

Plus every couple of days I'll wander round the house with baby wipes and clean the doorhandles, bannisters, phone, window sills, skirting boards, light switches etc whilst I'm on the phone or waiting for the kettle to boil.

Now writing that down actually sounds alot, but I don't think I spend anymore than about 20 mins a day cleaning unless anything becomes a particularly big job which is rare.

catwithflowers Wed 06-Feb-13 16:27:28

Same as you OP except I have a dog so Hoover downstairs most days and bleach the loos every morning once kids have gone to school. Very rarely iron though!!

Tryharder Wed 06-Feb-13 16:25:04

Hoover every day. Wipe kitchen surfaces and bathroom quickly every day. Mop twice a week. It's not the cleaning that bothers me unduly but the constant tidying up. I have 3 DCs aged 2-8 and the mess they create is astronomical.

Work full time as well. I am stressed!

notso Wed 06-Feb-13 15:00:14

When I was working in between DC1&2 and DC3&4 the house was so clean, but then there was no-one in to mess it up!

Now I am back to SAHM with DC3&4 it's disgusting again. I try but all I end up doing is hoovering the front room, (a must because DS3 has started foraging and eating his finds whatever they maybe) and keeping the kitchen reasonable although the floor is minging plus a couple of loads of laundry.
I start something but then someone is crying or needs changing or feeding, then DS2 empties duplo everywhere and before I know it it's time to pick DS1 up.
So what is the secret and I can't afford a cleaner.

StripeyCircle Wed 06-Feb-13 14:38:26

Once a fortnight does for me.
My mother hates it, but she never worked when we were young, and then went part time so has always had the time (and inclination!) to get the hoover out.
The house isn't filthy, just a bit untidy!

Oh and change bed sheets weekly.

Daily - wipe down kitchen surfaces and hob, change tea towels, washing up cloths/ sponges, washing.
Every couple of days - change bath towels.
Weekly - clean bathroom, hoover, dust.
Monthly - clean oven, pull out furniture and hoover.
That's it I think. Not as much as some people do, but a damn sight better than I used to be!

Locketjuice Wed 06-Feb-13 14:36:04

Hoover every day, bathroom and kitchen everyday, mop every other day... Washing usually 1-2 tubs a dayish?

moogalicious Wed 06-Feb-13 14:29:47

Hoover daily (dog hairs)
Clean kitchen floor daily (dog paw prints)
tidy daily
kitchen tops daily
wipe bathroom daily
dust and hoover whole house including skirtings weekly
proper clean of bathroom and cloakroom weekly
kitchen cleaned weekly
wooden floors washed weekly
bed and towels, when I remember usually once a fortnight handtowels changed weekly
Curtains 3 or 4 times a year
carpets cleaned 3 or 4 times a year

No ironing.

How come my house still looks like a shit hole sad

CharlotteBronteSaurus Wed 06-Feb-13 14:26:12

kitchen wiped down daily
hoover downstairs twice weekly, upstairs once fortnightly
dust when I can see it and it gets on my nerves
clean loo daily
bathroom fortnightly, although I spot clean as I go IYSWIM
mop floors when I remember - I'm sure it goes from one month to the next without my getting the mop out sometimes
towels changed twice weekly
bedding - probably fortnightly, although i aim for weekly

i would prefer a cleaner house but I am too tight for a cleaner and too lazy to do more myself.

Samsallows Wed 06-Feb-13 14:21:03

Ahhh posted that before I was finished!
I Hoover every 2-3 days.
I mop floors when I Hoover.
I clean skirtings and doors get a wipe down once a week. I clean my cupboard doors in the kitchen at the same time.
I do dishes after every mea/drink
Clean oven once a week.
I wash curtains and cushion covers every month or so.
I clear out the house once a month. We are so crammed in a one bedroom flat, so a clear out is needed often!

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