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Please don't get me wrong, I know SAH and WAH moms work just as hard as anyone! But I think it is different when you work outside the home...you can't run a load of laundry or dishes whenever you get a chance. Lately I have been feeling so overwhelmed, and I was just wondering how other moms who are working outside of the home are coping with housework? I don't know what my problem is, but I can't keep up. I spent the entire weekend cleaning, and my home is still a disaster. I know part of my problem is that I let it get really bad before I kick into gear, and then it is too much work for me to handle right now. Also, the farther along in my pregnancy I get, I am just exhausted when I get home from work. My MIL is coming up next week, and last night I was in tears over how I was going to get all the cleaning done before she gets here.
Hiring a house cleaner is not in our budget, but I was hoping you guys had some ideas for keeping up on the housework! Dh is no help at all, he works about 60 hours a week and is in school. With another baby coming I have got to get some sort of schedule going. How do you stay on top of things?
I'm not managing too well either. Like you, I'm so tired by the end of the day and then I get tired so easily I have to do a little, rest, etc. DH is a great help and my DD (4.5) is old enough to help some and she enjoys it right now. I'm thinking I'm going to start making out a daily list and try to do a few different things each day and maybe that will help me schedule my time better.
I try to do a little bit each day after work, I'll throw in a load of laundry. I'm very fortunate because my hubby is a HUGE help around the house. Without him I think they would put a hazardous sign outside my house....
Oh hun, I was soooo in that boat! Ive been cleaning NON-STOP since Thursday to get caught back up... I couldnt find a way to get it all done when I was working anymore, not even with DH helping. It just coudlnt happen. I was SO exhausted when I would get home from work, and then weekends were always a crazy rush to get the basics done in between everything else that things always got put aside. The only tip I have is to make a list of things to do each day- but make that list small and get your kids involved. Have them make their beds, and pick up their own rooms every day. Assign them each a weekly task like trash, or dishes/dishwasher emptying, pet care if you have any, vacuuming (something pretty basic they can handle) and give them a small allowance when theyve done their work all week (including room upkeep!). Even a 5 year old can handle some of these tasks (feeding the dog and putting down water, picking up their room and making their bed, ect).
For you and DH- give yourselves one thing to do each day. I do a different room every day and just get everything in that room done (dust, vacuum, wiped down, picked up). As long as I keep my schedule then I can knock a room out in about 30 minutes to an hour or so (depending on the room). If I let it slip and have to undo weeks of ick- it takes longer... Then Saturday is laundry day. And Sunday is errands (grocery, pharmacy, dry cleaning, ect). DHs chores are trash, recycling, pet care (daily) and scrubbing the tub (since I cant reach in it anymore, LOL). He is also assigned to help with laundry- he carries it down/up stairs for me and has to put away any/all items that go on hangers- I do the rest.
Im a SAHM, so the question doesnt really apply to me. But, if you dont already, have your kids help with cleaning/picking up things that they are able to do. Making a list would be a huge help, and dont over-do it. Dont try to get it all done at once. Maybe do your dishes, sit down for a few, than throw in a load of clothes, sit down for a few.
Ugh! I know what you mean! Plus I'm a neat freak on top of it so my house is NEVER clean enough for my likings. For awhile I tried keeping a set schedule. Like... Mondays- living room, Tuesdays- kitchen, Wednesdays- Autumn's and our room, etc. Laundry was always on the weekends. It didn't work for me cuz I never actually did it, but for some of you it might work.
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I got signed off work about 4 weeks ago with stress, so i have had all the time in the world, but even bending down to put a load in the washing machine is difficult, and things like emptying the bin, doing the dishwasher, just general things are getting worse. Although today, god knows how i did it but i moved my bedroom around by myself and clean all the mirrors and windows
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Ugh! I know what you mean! Plus I'm a neat freak on top of it so my house is NEVER clean enough for my likings. For awhile I tried keeping a set schedule. Like... Mondays- living room, Tuesdays- kitchen, Wednesdays- Autumn's and our room, etc. Laundry was always on the weekends. It didn't work for me cuz I never actually did it, but for some of you it might work.[/b]
I know! Whatever I do come up with will only work if I stick with it and actually make myself do the work. But you guys have given me some great suggestions. I am going to get the kids involved more, especially with vacuuming and dusting. They already do a good job of keeping their rooms tidy. And I'm going to set a schedule of cleaning one room a night, and keep laundry for the weekends. I really need to get a super capacity washer and dryer because right now I'm doing about 7 loads of laundry every week, and once the baby comes there will be more!