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Since the lockdown, what's the state of your home?

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Times10 Sat 11-Apr-20 14:58:10

We're 3 weeks into lockdown and I was hoping our house would be tidier and cleaner, but that hasn't happened so far, although we have done some tiny jobs that needed to be done for a while.

Is your home a) better b)the same c) worse since lockdown ? Us it's b mostly (but our b = untidy and not lovely) with a bit of c some days, so the opposite to what I hoped would happen!

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mynameiscalypso Sat 11-Apr-20 15:00:30

Probably the same. I'm making a conscious effort to keep things tidy (I'm not a tidy person by nature) but I don't think we're as good at cleaning as our cleaner is!

Times10 Sat 11-Apr-20 15:10:28

I'm thinking of hiring a cleaner for a one off after lockdown to get the house sparkling. I'll definitely be getting an oven cleaning company in too, as I was planning on contacting one just before the lockdown was announced.

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OuterMongolia Sat 11-Apr-20 15:15:47

Worse. We usually have a cleaner (who's not coming at the moment obviously), and also there's a lot more mess from everyone being at home all day rather than school / work.

DH and I are both working from home and helping the kids home school so we don't have much extra spare time compared to normal (although a bit, from no commute etc).

Thighmageddon Sat 11-Apr-20 15:18:20

Mine's in desperate need of some tlc.

We usually have a cleaner too.

Kitchen seems to be in a perpetual state of disarray with four people going in and out all day long and the bloody dog

Northernsoullover Sat 11-Apr-20 15:18:47

Pretty shit. I thought I'd get loads done but I'm still struggling with uni assignments. Then there is the 'tomorrow' element of it. I achieved much more when I was pushed for time. I think I'll have a big push when restrictions are lifted.

Thesuzle Sat 11-Apr-20 15:19:42

A). happily, cleaner certainly, but i do have more jobs still on the list, and a longer one for husband. HaHa

Chiyo666 Sat 11-Apr-20 15:20:42

It’s a palace. I actually have time to clean!

meow1989 Sat 11-Apr-20 15:21:24

My washing in the basket is steadily decreasing! Our house is about the same - toddler toys everywhere downstairs in the day and tidied at night but the be honest our beds are still unmade upstairs - bu the time toddler goes to bed DH and I chill downstairs and dont prioritise tidying!

BernadetteRostankowskiWolowitz Sat 11-Apr-20 15:21:39

Certain things are better:-
*dishes done quicker
*laundry done quicker
*vacuum more

But we are also creating more dishes/laundry/debris. We are also playing more with toys, Lego etc which just seems to linger for days in corners.

Lunafortheloveogod Sat 11-Apr-20 15:21:50

Cleaner at night.. like the Gaza Strip by lunch time.

So really it’s completely variable how awake the tiny humans are. Probably semi normal, we just aren’t messing anyone else’s house or play groups.

ChandlerIsTheBestFriend Sat 11-Apr-20 15:22:55

Until yesterday it was a midden. I kept telling myself “I’ll do it tomorrow. But I spent 5 hours doing a top to bottom on it yesterday and it’s pretty spotless today. Going to hoover and mop daily as I’ve realised that if the floors get dirty it puts me off doing anything else. No idea why. So that’s the plan.

3littlemonkeys82 Sat 11-Apr-20 15:27:43

Worse. Much worse. 2 NHS staff in the house working more hours than usual, 2 small children and 1 teen at home.
I actually had a day off yesterday but just couldn't find the energy to do much about it.

mondaynoon Sat 11-Apr-20 15:31:27

Mine is looking very lived in. Working from home, DCs here all day, no takeaways/ eating out and no cleaner. The nice weather isn't helping either as I'm trying to get out in the garden to make the most of it. Teen DCs won't leave the house though.

Flymetothetoon Sat 11-Apr-20 15:34:59

Thanks to DH being at home much more it's better because he has finally installed a brand new bathroom and over all more clean but he has a fair few of his tools lying around the house!

Flymetothetoon Sat 11-Apr-20 15:36:57

Oh the garden is looking great thanks to lots of new plants and he's built a new summerhouse at the top.

MrsLindor Sat 11-Apr-20 15:40:25

I'm working from home so no commute, I can't go anywhere or see DP, and I've had a couple of days annual leave, so spring cleaning is in full swing, the rooms I've done so far are sparkling, the washing is up to date, the kitchen is tidy, the pantry has been reorganised. I'm driving the DC and pets mad but it'll be great when it's done.

DropZoneOne Sat 11-Apr-20 15:44:34

C) Worse

3 of us at home all the time, and no cleaner. DH and I both working full time, so i don't have extra time, and 12 year old DD is being a typical teenager and wreaking a trail of distruction wherever she goes. At least the cat has stopped moulting!

Muchtoomuchtodo Sat 11-Apr-20 15:45:13

About the same.
The hob had a very thorough clean in week 1, and the shower cubicles in week 2 but other than that it’s about normal. More cleaning time is needed to keep the status quo on account of 3 males being at home all day everyday!
I think we’re doing ok.

Needtheadvice Sat 11-Apr-20 15:51:51

careful scan over shoulder c) Far worse! I tend to be the only one who tidies, still do, though OH is doing the job which is my pet peeve to give me a break. The mess follows my cleaning path so when I turn around I wonder why I bothered. It's amazing how one child can magic up this level of mess from the ether in seconds. Happy child, happy life?! Guess it is worth it.

PeytonManning Sat 11-Apr-20 15:53:32

I can tell how bored I am by the fact our house looks like a show home for the first time! DH is working from home and the kids are all self sufficiently doing their schoolwork and there’s only so many times a day I can walk the poor dogs!

duckme Sat 11-Apr-20 15:54:05

A right F**king state!

user1493413286 Sat 11-Apr-20 15:56:07

Worse; I tidy one thing and the kids and DH mess up the next thing and I’m slightly losing the will to keep on top of it

happytoday73 Sat 11-Apr-20 15:56:48

Worse generally... As normally we are all out 5 days a week with activities at weekend and evenings... So little time to mess up...
However some bigger jobs that have been put off for months or years are done!

Krisskrosskiss Sat 11-Apr-20 15:58:36

Been up and down... been frantically cleaning some days then others I havent even had the energy to wash up a single cup...

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