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?
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.
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!
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!