How do you all keep your house clean without a cleaning service? I used to have a cleaning lady come once a week but we stopped her when my DH was unemployed, but we may have to get one again unless someone can tell me how else to do this. I have 3 skids, they are all slobs to be blunt. They are with us every evening after 6pm, overnight, except Thursday night, and we have one weekend a month without them. I leave home at 6am and don't get home until 4:30pm. DH goes to work at 8:30am and gets home at 6-6:30pm. He has to get the kids up and ready for school in the morning by himself so he doesn't have a lot of time to clean up a lot and I pretty much wake up, get ready and go. When I get home I'm pretty beat from my 10 our day, which includes my morning workout, so I like to take advantage of having the house to myself for an hour. But typically I end up having to pick up all the random stuff scattered throughout the house, and clean up the breakfast mess. Before I know it DH and the kids are home and throwing there backpacks and shoes in the entrance and flopping on the couch to watch tv. It's the same routine everyday, I have to tell them to pick up there stuff and go clean their room before they can do anything else. Then I make dinner and clean up after dinner, sometimes with DHs help. It's 8pm by the time I can relax and I still haven't done any real cleaning, just maintenance. So by the time the weekend rolls around the bathrooms are gross (the kids are nasty, sorry) and the house needs a deep cleaning, which we usually do but it sucks t o spend an entire day on this. And at least one weekend a month I am gone s o the house does not get clean and the mess accumulates. DH does try to help but kinda sucks at keeping the house clean, its just not a priority for him. Anyway, advice is appreciated, I could probably afford a cleaner but I know that cant be the only solution.
on Nov. 10, 2013 at 4:02 PM