Wednesday, May 5, 2010

One cool mom...has a not so cool problem!

So friends...I really need your advice.
All I do all day long is CLEAN!
For real! 
If you were to ask someone that knows me pretty well they would say I'm always cleaning.
This is the problem though.  You would think my house would be's not.
My girls are huge mess makers...and all I do is clean up the same thing all day long.  Not to mention I never get to clean my bathroom or my bedroom...because I'm spending all day cleaning areas of the house that will be seen by others. 
This is a problem for me...because I don't get anything accomplished it seems. I don't want to clean all day but I feel like I have to, so I don't live in a pigsty!
Does anyone have any cleaning tips, or ideas to simplify my never ending cleaning?


Sarah said...

Don't stress about it! I pretty much let Lizzie make a mess during the day and we do clean up before bed time. I finally had to stop worrying about the areas people see. You have two little ones. Nobody is going to care that your house is messy. Clean less, play more. :)

Mary said...

One of my favorite quotes:
"The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow, For children grow up, I've learned to my sorrow. So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep. I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep."

However, a few of my tips -
1) I make beds first thing in the morning, and make sure all the bedroom floors are cleaned up.
2) I don't let my kids "play" in bedrooms - especially with friends (for multiple reasons). This keeps their rooms polished and neat.
3) I close the doors to bedrooms and bathrooms once cleaned to avoid 'kid-contamination' (HAHA)
4) I recruit my husband EVERY night to help clean up all common areas before bed. So I always wake up with things pretty much done.

Love ya!

Danielle said...

it's so hard to say don't worry about it, but i'm going to say that anyway. however, maddy never plays in her bedroom and i always shut the door to mine, so i don't worry about those two rooms at least.

i make my bed first thing, and make sure the kitchen is clean. other than that, whatever else i get done is a bonus. i actually worked out a schedule for myself before i had hudson - monday was laundry day, tuesday was bathrooms, etc. and it was working pretty well. i hope to get back to that. but as far as the picking up of stuff, you need to put those girls to work! it's THEIR mess!! good luck!

jaimieneb said...

One of my sanity savers has been the color game. Every hour our so I have the kiddos (my 2 munchkins and the 6 year old I babysit) clean up say 8 things that have to do with the color red. Then the next time it's 6 things that are soft. When they each clean up 8 things that's 24 toys of the floor that time. And so on. They love the game and it keeps things a little less cluttered. Nothing makes me feel like I have a dirty house faster than toys all over the floor.

Mary Ann Carlile said...

This is the easy way out, but some of my friends up here hire cleaning ladies twice a month JUST to do floors and bathrooms. I wonder how much that would cost...!

Dustin and Erika said...

Ooh, I like Jaimie's idea! I might have to use that one.
Not sure what to tell you, but don't spend all your day cleaning! My mother-in-law is a HUGE clean freak and even admitted to me once that she didn't think she was a very good mom because all she did was clean up toys all day. She said that she wiashed she would have just sat down on the floor and played with her kids more instead of worrying about cleaning everything up.
You have 2 kids, Kandis! Anyone who comes over unexpecedly will understand why there are barbies all over the floor. Love yoU!


Make them help you, Paislee makes her own bed every morning. Then in Paislee's toy room I took picture of everything that goes inside that tote and put it on the front of the tote. Since she can't read she needed something to help her know where her toys go. I then took time and taught her how we put toys away and how the pictures worked. Also when other kids come and play and they also know where toys go because they can see the picture on the front. I also "try" and enforce a one to two tote out at a time rule. This seems to work better when it is just Paislee playing. It might be a bit much for some moms but it worksn great for me and Paislee can clean up her toyroom all by herself! GOOD LUCK!

Amber said...

I hope that you don't mind I jumped to your blog from my friend, Michelle's. You title jumped out at me. May I say- I know what you mean. I LOVE/NEED a clean house. But, I'm in the same vote as you- my kids are really good mess makers. And not the best pick-upers. But we have a chart where they MUST pick up their toys, put away clothes, no throwing fits, listen to Mom and Dad the 1st time. IF they can do these all with-in reason. They will get a sticker for the day 5 stickers (not in a row) means they get to pick something out from our treasure box. It works for me, so I thought I would share!