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Violettatrump Tue 27-Jan-15 11:23:25

How long do you spend cleaning/tidying each day if your house is already quite organised

shovetheholly Tue 27-Jan-15 13:40:26

It depends on the day and that is the honest truth. If you go out for a muddy walk and come back and mud is traipsed everywhere, it could be a while!!

I generally have a routine that gets done in 1-2 hours a day, but that includes jobs like putting washing away and unloading the dishwasher.

HowCanIMissYouIfYouWontGoAway Tue 27-Jan-15 13:46:15

less than 2 hours. Sometimes less than one. Some days I just do a wipe down and that's it.

It really is much easier if everything has a place. I am a very lazy person so I always go for the easier option grin which is no clutter and everything allocated a compartment/drawer/etc.

Artandco Tue 27-Jan-15 13:49:15

About 15 mins. We both work so not really any more time. We do have a cleaner though as well who does a deep clean once a week.

In 15 mins in eve that's small children tidying toys/ clothes away, dh tidying something ( ie bathroom) and I'm tidying another ( ie kitchen) so I suppose it's about 45mins if just one person did it. We live rather minimal

WipsGlitter Tue 27-Jan-15 13:49:40

Less than 45 minutes a day. Wipe round the kitchen. Load dishwasher. Do a bit more at the weekend. But I have very low standards.

2 hours A DAY?? What are you doing????!

BiscuitsAreMyDownfall Tue 27-Jan-15 13:53:32

Im hoping to find out this year grin The house is getting more organised and clean as the weeks progress though.

HowCanIMissYouIfYouWontGoAway Tue 27-Jan-15 14:02:16

It depends what needs doing - if the beds need stripping, etc etc.

hoovering, damp dusting, cleaning the kitchen, cleaning the bathrooms, changing bedding, putting stuff away. and so on and so forth.

if I get the stuff out of the cabinet to wash it that's very time consuming, but it doesn't need to be done often, just maybe once a month. all the glasses in the corner unit need washing now and again, otherwise when you use them they'll be covered in fluff. grin
shoe storage always gets messed up so sometimes everything has to come out and be reordered.
bookshelves need sorting.
Every now and again I'll brave the bear pit and put all the kids stuff back in its proper boxes
I'll pick a drawer and make sure that what's in it is what's supposed to be in it and if not I sort it out.
It's not the same stuff every day, but every day the usual stuff plus one or maybe two things that don't get done a lot but take more time when they are done - iyswim.

Artandco Tue 27-Jan-15 14:04:44

Damp dusting? Cleaning stuff inside cabinet? I've never done either. Soft nozzle on Hoover to suck up dust, cabinet glass is there to stop stuff inside needing cleaning surely?

WipsGlitter Tue 27-Jan-15 14:09:25

I think the amount of housework is inversely proportional to the amount of time you have!

Viviennemary Tue 27-Jan-15 14:10:47

I haven't got a tidy or well organised house but I know quite a few people who do. They do things right away. Finished cup of coffee, put it in the dishwasher. Constant tidying and clearing up immediately. I try to do this but fail dismally. And get rid of stuff. Not many people with a lot of stuff have tidy houses. But I do know one elderly lady who does.

HowCanIMissYouIfYouWontGoAway Tue 27-Jan-15 14:11:41

Nah, dust still accumulates, albeit more slowly.
I never polish, that just pushes dust back up in the air and so it settles again. The hoover doesn't do as good a job as a damp cloth.
I just prefer to do it. dust is a bugger. Sets my asthma right off.

DeanKoontz Tue 27-Jan-15 14:17:06

I do, in this order, this:

Kitchen, dishes and surfaces, including table, after every meal.

Washing, put a load on, circulate wet washing round the radiators and airer.
Put dry clothes away.

Then 1 thing off my list. (List is very long, but I can post it if you want.) if I do 1 thing a day, it all get kept on top of.

I'm not too bothered about tidiness, just as long as everything is clean.

Beds get stripped very week (ish).

I have a guy who cuts the grass once a fortnight.

justbatteringon Tue 27-Jan-15 14:21:52

I wish I could be this organised currently in bed after shipping kids of to grandparents. I'm very sleep deprived though sad

forago Tue 27-Jan-15 14:26:20

about an hour a day on tidying and putting away, probably another hour every other day doing laundry, couple of hours a week ironing. Cleaner comes once a week which has massively cut down the amount of time. Nice to have my evenings back.

I am very tidy and house is pretty organised so generally do a quick tidy up after kids gone to bes putting everything back where it goes and doing laundry. Playroom sometimes gets out of control in the week and I make the children do it at the weekend.

DeanKoontz Tue 27-Jan-15 14:28:05

just sleep always comes first.

Your cleaning will wait. Close your eyes while you have the chance. smile

flanjabelle Tue 27-Jan-15 14:35:08

Probably about half an hour a day. My house isn't super organised, but the clutter is restricted to cupboards that get a good sort every month or so. the half an hour is spent tidying toys away, hoovering and quickly wiping round.

Violettatrump Tue 27-Jan-15 15:05:38

Deencoon can you post your list please.

Ok so formulating a plan now.

1) clean/tidy as I go
2) allocate x amount of time daily to complete a bigger task (hoovering or mopping or changing beds or food shopping or )
3) ensure the boys tidy up their own stuff and complete set chores

I think I prefer the idea of doing a bit every day. The thought of a massive cleaning day for bigger jobs fills me with dread.

DeanKoontz Tue 27-Jan-15 15:18:51

Here goes: I just do as much of one thing as I can each day and then move on to the next thing the next day. Iyswim. But, even 5 mins can be enough. Anything that falls on my day off gets a good blitz.


Back garden
Living room
All floors
Our bedroom
Front room
Living room
All floors
Ds bedroom
Living room
Our Wardrobes
Front room
Ds wardrobes
Dd wardrobes
Dd bedroom
Living room
Switches doorknobs and walls
Front garden
Living room
Our bedroom
All floors
Under stairs cupboard
Kitchen cupboards
Living room
Ds bedroom
1 big job
All floors
Dd bedroom

WingsClipped Tue 27-Jan-15 15:22:42

General tidying and putting things away
Wipe down dining table
Wipe down kitchen surfaces
Wipe down bathroom areas
Quick toilet clean
DH does washing up after every meal

Once a week:
Towels wash
Bedding stripped and washed
3 loads of clothes washed and tumbled
DH normally folds and puts away
Kitchen cleaned (45min)
Bathroom and toilet deep cleaned (45min)
Hoover and floors mopped (we are shoes off household so floors actually don't get very grubby)

Ad hoc:
Windows cleaned
Damp dusting
Venetian blinds cleaned

LillianGish Tue 27-Jan-15 15:36:02

viviennemary that's me - clearing up as I go along. Have shower, quick wipe round loo and bathroom hang up towels etc - leave bathroom tidy, make beds, clear up breakfast things straight after breakfast - wipe sides, clean sink, wipe table, run vacuum round if necessary, leave house - take rubbish out with me etc etc. I don't spend hours cleaning (well I might focus on a particular job if there is something good on the radio), but if you have an organised house you can generally do it as you go along - and teach the kids to do the same (make beds when they get up, dirty laundry in basket, hang up towels, put dirty dishes in machine). Much easier to have a quick wipe, dust or polish if surfaces are already clear, it doesn't really take any time at all - I often do it in the moments when I'm waiting for everyone else to be ready to leave the house which is otherwise just dead time.

TheAuthoress Tue 27-Jan-15 15:46:16

We keep clutter to a minimum and tidy as we go (eg put the coffee cup in the dishwasher as Viviennemary says) and that definitely helps.

Daily chores:
Before work:
Make beds & open curtains and windows
Tidy breakfast stuff away immediately into dishwasher
After work:
Tidy dinner stuff away immediately into dishwasher
Put on dishwasher
Handwash any other dishes and clean worktops & table
Prep lunch for the next day
Get kids clothes ready for the next day
Put a load of laundry on
Put clean laundry away
On my days off (work three days a week):
Tidy lunch stuff away immediately into dishwasher
Hoover after lunch
Tidy kids toys after lunch and at the end of the day

Weekly chores:
Properly hoover downstairs (under chairs etc), dust and mop
Hoover upstairs & dust
Hoover stairs
Clean upstairs bathroom
Clean downstairs toilet
Strip and remake beds
These are usually done when we have the energy / having a visitor, or one will do it while the other baths the kids in the evenings but I do try to ensure they are done weekly.

All other random chores like cleaning the windows, cleaning the insides of kitchen cupboards etc are done when we have the energy or they are looking pretty grubby.

I'm constantly thinking of things to help keep the place tidy so have things like:
Shredder at the front door so post is opened at the front door and dealt with immediately.
Accessible home for everything (if you don't have one, find / buy a solution)
Regular decluttering
Putting things away immediately after use

WipsGlitter Tue 27-Jan-15 18:19:36

45 minutes to clean a bathroom. faints. How big is it??

howcanimiss what mean was if you've only got 30 minutes then you'll just do what you can then to make things passable. If you've two hours you'll do more.

Violettatrump Tue 27-Jan-15 18:22:27

Thanks all and Dean. I think I could implement something similar

ILikeToClean Tue 27-Jan-15 19:15:02

Like others I do as I go along which means nothing is ever that dirty so for example bathroom can be cleaned in 5-10 mins. I do hoover every day (have a dog) and my routine is that every time I do a whole house clean (twice a week) I do one room really thoroughly. So every room will take 10 mins each, then maybe 30-60 mins for my designated thorough clean room, depending on size, so kitchen and utility room might take longer as I go through all the cupboards, steam tiles, extractor etc, same for DDs rooms but lounge doesn't take long as I go through cupboards in there but because I'm doing it regularly clutter doesn't build up too much. Sounds arduous but actually never takes as long as I think because every few weeks each room gets a deep clean. Every day I just go round And make sure things are put away etc, takes 5 mins. To me it's less stressful just doing it then I can sit and relax, I can't sit down if I know there's stuff to be done!

wobblebobblehat Tue 27-Jan-15 19:25:24

Off work at mo so couple of hours a day.

Probably about 10 minutes a day when I am working. Too tired to do much more. Our house was a pig sty before Christmas.

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