Sep 29, 2009
Before we had kids, I could clean the house once a week and it stayed clean for quite a while. These days, a bit of cleaning has to take place every day.
Vacuuming has become a daily chore. I just can't leave smashed bits of pretzels and crackers on the floor. It whacks out my psyche in a bad way.
I usually Swiffer nightly, but should probably Swiffer twice daily; after lunch and after dinner.
Of course the dishwasher has to be emptied and reloaded on a daily basis. I am proud to say that we can get by with only washing 1 load per day.
Can't say that about laundry though. Even with the extra-large capacity washers that the hubby bought right after we brought Tucker home from the hospital, I still have to do 2-3 loads of laundry every other day.
Dusting, the bathrooms and cleaning the kitchen basically happen when I have 10 extra minutes or so to spare or when I just can't stand it any more.
Don't get me started on the bathrooms. I'm seriously considering a rule in our household that the males must sit like the females. Far less mess, right?
Picking up toys ... and books ... and puzzles is an all day, every day event. Nana says to let it stay until they are in bed at night and then clean it up, but I just can't and it never fails that if I try that, someone inadvertently drops in for a visit.
I think that the single biggest thing that makes it easier to clean my house is that I am not a pack rat. Never have been. And despite Archie's best efforts to keep every broken appliance or homeless nut and bolt, I have no qualms with throwing things away and/ or donating them. I do a mass exodus of unused items 2-3 times per year. If we haven't used it in the last 6 months, we don't need it. GONE!
So there you have it ... Mrs Clean's biggest cleaning tip. Pitch the junk!