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I want to be tidier and do more housework than I currently manage is it possible???? Help!!!!!

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LoveBeingAMummy Tue 21-Oct-08 12:10:56

I have just stumbled upon this page and am hoping for some tips!

My DD is now 7 months old and now feel that I should get into the swing of being here all day and actually get more done than I currently do but am not sure how to manage it tbh.

I do everything for DD, all the cooking, washing, shopping, kitchen and get help sometimes from DH with rest of the cleaning - generally when he's pissed off cause its not been done. I know how that sounds but feel bad that he just had a couple of days off for his birthday and he spent most of it (not his birthday but was then the weekend)cleaning or doing other jobs when he could have spent 'some' time on his hobby or whatever anyway that's not the point. I want to do more but need some tips on how to get more done and how to get motivated - let's gloss over the fact I'm on here when DD has gone for a nap and I could be dusting!!!!!!

Look forward to your words of wisdom grin

stretchmarkSCREAM Tue 21-Oct-08 12:13:10

glossing over the fact that you're on here grin

Rubyrubyruby Tue 21-Oct-08 12:15:46

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Cheesesarnie Tue 21-Oct-08 12:16:25

your dd is only 7 months.dont do the housework yetgrin

im rubbish so not great at advice but id say break it down into tiny bits.bits that need doing daily,then weekly,monthly etc.then break down the jobs-as in front room-i do computer table,fireplace,sideboard,coffee table,floor, its little jobs rather than whole room!

i am a lazy arse though and would rather be playing with dc!grin

LoveMyGirls Tue 21-Oct-08 12:21:30

do 15mins at a time
never leave a room empty handed put things on the stairs and take them up when you go up
wash up while the kettle boils
clean the bathroom or fold washing while your dd naps
mop the floors at night (I do mine about 7pm so I can have a clean floor for the evening which makes me feel better (hate walking on dirty floors)

I usually put some music on, flick the kettle on and then I'm a on a roll and can't stop (until I get distracted) it's amazing what you can do in 15mins.

LoveBeingAMummy Tue 21-Oct-08 12:27:11

Ruby its a bit of each, when I do get it into my head to get cracking something always seems to happen.

Cheese - am going back to work on Jan 2nd to be honest am wondering how i will fit it all in when i go back when i can't even get it done now?????
LMG cheers for that I did notice on another thread about setting a timer for 20 mins and seeing what you can get done.

I am a great planner so could easily slot everything in to days, weeks and month etc but am terrible at then actually doing thanks for your comments x

PS have used nap time wisely and made a sarnie!

Rubyrubyruby Tue 21-Oct-08 13:01:44

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LoveMyGirls Tue 21-Oct-08 13:18:27

I've got 2 children napping (im a childminder) I got up to make my lunch and ended up making a beef casserole (slow cooker), washing up and cleaning up lunch mess now sat with tea and toast wondering if i'll have time to make banana bread before they wake to do nursery and 2 school runs in a bit then back here with 5 for play and dinner grin and my house will still be immaculate before tomorrow morning. Mind you I haven't got the sleepless nights to contend with anymore so if you have those then you have an excuse!

Skramble Tue 21-Oct-08 13:29:46

Theory is I have different tasks on different days like...

Monday general tidy up after weekend mostly putting stuff back and a quick hoover if poss.

Tuesday sort out recycling and empty all the bins in the house, as wed morning is bin day.

Each week I concentrate on a different room and do a bit more in there.

Thats the theory but its a midden in here as usual. I go for clean rather than tidy really as no one will die from a messy hall and dusty CDs.

How about you list everything that has to be done and then the stuff that could be done, devide it up over the week with have to firsts then the could dos.

I do a lot of stuff as I go along like wipe round toilet and sink every morning,
rinse shower and wipe round bath every time I shower,
empty dishwasher while kettle is boiling in the morning, finsh emptying when making next cuppa, then start filling when I have my next one.

Have you looked at the fly threads and website, it is a system that allocates tasks to a day like I do and has a weekly room and daily missions etc. I wouldn't bother with the emails just dip into the site and/or go through the baby steps (most of flyers started there but usually skip through them quicker than suggested and we don't all put on our lace ups either)

I still use a lot of the habits I picked up doing it and go back to it every now and then, if nothing else browsing the website is a good way to waste an hour or so grin.

EachPeachPearMum Tue 21-Oct-08 13:35:00

Could I just ask when you get a 'day off'?
At the weekend, does DH take DD off, and let you have time to yourself for your hobbies?

When you go back to work, all housework should be shared 50/50, (assuming you're FT) so why are you worrying about fitting it in?smile

Gemzooks Wed 22-Oct-08 21:34:24

I would really, really recommend getting a weekly cleaner.

it is REALLY worth it when you come home and it's all been done. It only costs the same as 3 rounds of drinks in those nights out at the pub you used to have every week before you had kids. There's enough to do looking after DD and then going back to work.

Get the cleaner organised now before you go back to work.

Why spend your precious time with DD or just doing stuff for yourself on cleaning? life's too short.. a cleaner is an investment in sanity, time and peace of mind..just my opinion!

LoveBeingAMummy Wed 22-Oct-08 22:33:32

Now that is an idea!

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