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How do you keep your house tidy so it does not overwhelm you?

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With 3 little kids and a hubby that works all the time, I do everything around here and it feels overwhelming sometimes...if I even take a little time off the constant routine of laundry, dishes, tidying up, dusting, vacuuming, to do something with the kids, I feel you ladies have any tricks to help you get it all done??  All that plus we get an amazing amount of papers into this house-newpapers, notices from my kids' schools and homework type stuff,'s crazy.  I try to sort it, file it and recycle it as fast as I can but it always seems to build up so quickly.

Can't really ask my hubby for more help...he works night shift every day of the week and sleeps most of the day and I guess I feel it's not fair to say, "...hey you have to help me clean rather than spend time with the kids."  I just would like to more organized & not break out into a sweat when someone comes to our! :) 

by on Jun. 16, 2012 at 10:15 AM
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by on Jun. 29, 2012 at 3:43 PM

I find spending an hour everyday to tidy up the livingroom, do laundry, and tidy up the kitchen and bathroom helps me stay ahead. I also do the dishes as soon as mealtime is over so that I don't have a huge pile to wash after dinner.  If I wait until the weekend to clean, my house is a wreak and I feel overwhelmed while trying to clean it.  You don't have to do everything in on day. I have found if I just tackle on room or chore a day it helps with the stress of cleaning.

by on Jul. 21, 2012 at 11:17 AM

I have a cleaning schedule. I do one room a week night. It really works for us. I don't like leaving it for the weekend because if we go somewhere or do something then I would be doing everything last minute on Sundays. Of course, there are things I do daily but my schedule has helped. We started it while I was pregnant with #2. My house is cleaner now than when I just had one.

What helps is that since you are doing things weekly the rooms aren't very dirty. Like tubs, floors, etc.

Michele B, mom to Mia & Caleb

boy n girl

by on Jul. 21, 2012 at 1:35 PM
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We clean a little everyday and pick up after ourselves.  Also I have 4 children, they all help except the baby- my 11, 9 and 3 yr old clean.  When they realize how hard it is to clean, they are more likely to think twice about making a mess. 

by on Jul. 21, 2012 at 1:39 PM

I do a little everyday and then I conside myself done for the day.  I do laundry when it's full and let it run while I do something else. 

by on Jul. 21, 2012 at 1:43 PM
A room a day...or make some sort of flexible schedule.
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by on Jul. 21, 2012 at 2:15 PM
I am in the same mess as you even with dh hours just add one more kid for me :-)
by on Jul. 21, 2012 at 2:21 PM

 I do a load of laundry everyday. I follow the same routine every day, even weekends. I stay up with the whole overall tidiness of the house everyday and then do 1 or 2 extra things that are bigger..everyday. It seems neverending.

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