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threeelephants Tue 05-Apr-16 19:53:47

Right, I need you lovely people to help me sort my life out!
DH and I both work full time- I do very long hours during term time.
We are both naturally messy, and we don't have a lot of time to clean, as you can imagine.
We have 3 children, primary school age.
I need your tips on being more organised!
We are drowning in all the junk!
Our house is quite small, so gets messy quickly if we don't keep on top of it.
It's a bit of a vicious circle...we're basically shattered. So we put off tidying up. Then everything takes longer. Then we're shattered again cos we're tidying/cleaning etc after a long day's work.
I'm rambling.
So as not to drip feed....DH pulls his weight, and the children will help when asked. And we can't afford any help.
Now please, bombard me with your tips!

Pippidoeswhatshewants Tue 05-Apr-16 20:01:57

I used to do this religiously. It works.

threeelephants Tue 05-Apr-16 20:20:08

Yes pippi! That is exactly what I'm after, thank you!! Amazing blog.

Spandexpants007 Tue 05-Apr-16 20:23:59

Decluttering using this Marie Kondo book. Magic of tidying. See amazon reviews. Totally 110% life transforming and now strangely fashionable in the uk

Spandexpants007 Tue 05-Apr-16 20:25:20

We got rid about 60% of our stuff. Don't miss a thing

NeedSomePeaceAndQuite Tue 05-Apr-16 20:28:06

Can I hijack and ask if any one has any amazing storage tips?

threeelephants Tue 05-Apr-16 20:28:18

The Kondo stuff always looks a bit exhausting! Thanks spandex, I will look into it though.

threeelephants Tue 05-Apr-16 20:29:20

That's a great hijack, needsomepeace, I'd like those tips too.

Spandexpants007 Tue 05-Apr-16 20:32:22

Kondo thread link above. 10th thread!!

Kondo suggests decluttering completely first before buying storage. I agree. We ended up reproposing some storage and selling others.

Having folded clothes sat upright really works.

threeelephants Tue 05-Apr-16 21:35:21

Thanks spandex, I do like the thread! I might look at downloading the book on my kindle.

threeelephants Tue 05-Apr-16 22:00:48

Bumping for more ideas!

poocatcherchampion Tue 05-Apr-16 22:03:13

I'm going to say kondo as well. The less stuff you have the less mess there cna be.

Our children get out all of our toys and the place looks like a bomb went off and meals need clearing up etc. Takes 15 mins and toys away dishwasher loaded.

I love it!

And we are at home all day too

Coconut0il Tue 05-Apr-16 22:05:14

Don't know about the kondo method but I would say get rid of as much as you can, the less stuff you have the easier it is to keep on top of. Also I try and have a place for everything and keep surfaces clear so a clean is quicker! Before he goes to bed DS1, 12 has to take anything that's his back to his room and DS2's toys are tidied away. For storage kallax from ikea with the cheap Drona boxes holds loads.

mrsmeerkat Tue 05-Apr-16 22:11:49

I followed an old minimism thread on maternity leave a couple of years ago. I didn't follow any rules and also lived in a very small home at the time.

Getting rid of stuff is the key. Keep a large one bag or bin liner in the house and try and fill it for the charity shop. Every day try to put a few things in it. I got rid of seven black bags and honestly it's been the best thing ever. I moved house since and it was tonnes easier.

Try to go paperless with Bill's etc. I have memories box and only keep a few special things and made one for each of the dc.

I need to get back to the job per day thing- I used to do that and it was great.

mrsmeerkat Tue 05-Apr-16 22:12:50

yes to Kallax. I have quite a lot of it now. It's not intrusive and is really great for storage

Brokenbiscuit Tue 05-Apr-16 22:23:42

Shamelessly place marking, as I'm in a similar position, OP.

I think getting rid of stuff is key!

Spandexpants007 Tue 05-Apr-16 22:37:55

The more you get rid of the easier life is. Used to take me a couple of days to clear up and prepare for visitors but now an hour or two would be fine.

Spandexpants007 Tue 05-Apr-16 22:38:30

Visitors that stay over

threeelephants Tue 05-Apr-16 22:41:10

It looks like it, doesn't it, brokenbiscuit?

It's not just the clutter that we struggle with, tbh. It's the whole package. Cooking healthy meals, cleaning, keeping on top of the washing.

We used to be rubbish at organising the children for school, so dinner money would be late, kit would be forgotten etc. We got on top of that with a wall chart showing what each child needs on each day. Each child also has a plastic box for their school bags, and pe kits/swim stuff/instruments go in the night before.
So we have made progress.

threeelephants Tue 05-Apr-16 22:42:34

We don't have overnight visitors, but we do have a lot of people popping in. I'm forever apologising for the mess.

Spandexpants007 Tue 05-Apr-16 22:46:09

Cooking/health just boils down to planning.

Owning less will help with washing/laundry/cleaning.

Also everything needs a home.

AugustinaDuBois Tue 05-Apr-16 22:54:51

When it comes to eating properly, meal planning, batch cooking and freezing and the MN favourite, slow cookers are your best friend.

SlatternIsTrying Tue 05-Apr-16 22:58:23

Don't try to 'cure' every problem at once. I do this and it's all so overwhelming and I get disheartened and slip back into old habits.

threeelephants Tue 05-Apr-16 23:02:18

Very true, slatternistrying. I love your name.

AgathaMystery Wed 06-Apr-16 00:27:08

Half term is coming up I think? Hire a small skip & be ruthless. I mean really really ruthless. If any of the clutter is amazing a charity shop will utterly adore it, by all means donate, but otherwise bin the lot.

I also agree re:charity shop bin bag. We have one on the go all the time now (since oct) & it is filled every week or so.

My husband is appalled and is massively, hugely unsupportive of this mega decluterng long Bender I am on. It sort of Spurs me in TBH.

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