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I'm going to be trying some of those suggestions. If I can get the hang of it, life will be a lot easier lol
It took me a while to get it, it does not come naturally to me, lol.
First I have a schedule of things to do everyday for every member of our family.
My cabinets are organized by product and all dry goods go in a bin which stack nicely.
I go through the mail by the trash so I can toss as I go
Things like that. I do admit I have a "Monica closet" that I can't seem to get to, lol
Any tips? I have to admit since our house was renovated my organizing is not good lol
My home is clean because I've organized it nicely. Most messy homes are as such because people lack the organizational skill. I have a friend who cleans hours a day cleaning her home, much more then I do, but her organizing sucks, so its still always "lived in"
by Anonymous 9April 4, 2013 at 7:14 AM
You're right, when I clean house it takes me an hour and if it weren't for the kids & dh it'd always be clean.
It depends on the people your living with. If they are slobs, your house always looks trashed even if you spend time cleaning it. As soon as your finished, they begin trashing it again.
There will be no one home and I can get my whole house spotless and looking nice in 1 hour, I do it all the time. Then it's trashed again in 10 minutes.
I had a neighbor who didn't believed I cleaned until they were over my house and witnessed it. They said they never seen anything like it. They couldn't belive how I was able to get the house so nice looking while they were in school than when they were all home, literally 10 minutes later it looks like a home from that show "how clean is your house"
My house never looks clean and it's depressing.
Drives me nuts.
by Anonymous 5April 4, 2013 at 7:15 AMWell I work 12hr night shifts too. That makes a huge difference. I'll be a sahm soon and I love to organize. It's just with what we've been through and our age we put our money into bigger more important things. We just bought this house last year and I need to do a lot still. Like shelving and stuff for the playroom. Right now it's just two big boxes. Plus I have 2 kids in diapers and 1 in kindergarten. Things will be much easier when I quit working and I'll be able to slowly get my house like I want it.
But organization and ease of cleanig are huge. I'm always lookig for ways to shorten my cleaning process. I need to be able to clean a bathroom in under 10min. That sort of thing. I'm still adjusting to having a 2 story house too. It's twice as big as our other one was.
I understand. It's much easier with organizational tools. I think that's part of why it's so easy to keep up during the day for me. When I worked full-time (I still technically work 60 hours with all these kiddos, but it's different) I only did dishes and maybe a load of laundry in the evening, and picked up throughout. I was too tired for anything else.
I don't clean much at all on the days I work. I do it all plus laundry in my days off. And right now it's not terribly organized. Having what I need to organize everything well would cost money I don't have to spend on that right now.
I'm a neat freak but I just assume that those who keep messy houses just don't have the skill to keep it organized and clean. I used to battle with keeping this house neat the first year we lived here. Once I got everything organized and in its place it made my life so much easier now the house is never messy. Everything has a place of its own. BUT that takes know how and a certain level of skill. Some people just need a bit of help getting organized first and many don't have that help.
To me there are various types of clean. There's tidy. There's organized. And there's sanitary. And those things are all different. There are people whose homes are clean--as in floors get mopped regularly, bathrooms are sanitized, bedsheets are changed regularly, etc., but they're not so great at storing/organizing so things can look a little unkempt. Then there are people who are the opposite: very organized. A place for everything, but maybe they haven't wiped down the bathroom sink in ages. Hopefully,, most people can find a happy medium and have a presentable home. Not to mention, people really do have different preferences when it comes to cleanliness. I grew up with two close friends whose parents were true neat freaks. There was never anything out of place in their homes and they constantly smelled of cleaning products and you know something? We always found their homes to be uninviting and cold. We worried far too much over dropping a crumb to be comfortable. I don't personally like extremely clean homes. I really prefer a lived in, but sanitary home.