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March 9th, 2011, 02:02 PM
Mega Super Mommy
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Share some of the ways that you stay organized at home with a houseful?

Do you have routines?
Cleaning schedules?
Mommy to 6 amazing blessings!!
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March 9th, 2011, 03:11 PM
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Do you have routines? Yes, but we are more relaxed during the weekend.

Chorecharts? Not really, I make chore lists every week so they don't get stuck with the same chores everytime. Except for my oldest who gets an allowance now. Hers are generally the same.

Cleaning schedules? Pick up every night. Major cleaning every Sat. morning

Chaos? Of course. Everyone has those moments.
Cortney...mom to A, C, E, L, I, and R

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When I think this baby will actually come out

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March 9th, 2011, 03:32 PM
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cleaning lady every two weeks, otherwise chaos--I can't wait until they're old enough for real chores!

Lucky mother to five!

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March 9th, 2011, 09:35 PM
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Pretty much Chaos! I am so unorganized, I am working on it though. I tried chore charts but I just didn't keep up with them. I am looking for something right now that will help me stay better organized.
Momma to :
E-10.5yrs 11/03
S-7.75yrs 8/06
A-6yrs 3/08
J-4.5yrs 11/09
K 2.5yrs 9/11

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March 10th, 2011, 05:12 AM
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I'm great at making charts, cleaning spreadsheets, routines etc, not really good at sticking with them long term though.
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March 10th, 2011, 08:45 AM
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Organized choas, I do have some routines and things do have their places but getting everyone else to follow through is the problem.
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March 10th, 2011, 04:12 PM
Mega Super Mommy
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I only have 4 and I would say my middle name is Unorganized, and then I'd say my last name is Always Late. Does that explain anything?

Not that it matters much but we moved 13 times in 11 years so things got majorly unorganized by the end.

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March 10th, 2011, 06:45 PM
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I am what Flylady calls "Born Organized". I am very efficient and have strong planning abilities. However, I am a horrible housekeeper! We have basic chores that get done everyday, like laundry and dishes and garbage going out. But the nitty gritty stuff hardly ever gets done! I try to keep a minimal amount of stuff, but even if everyone only has 1 thing, there are 10 of them now!
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March 10th, 2011, 08:01 PM
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I too am great at making chore charts, schedules, ect...but horrible at staying on them.

I'm working with Motivated Mom's right now and it seems to be helping me a lot. A little gets done each day and I don't always feel swamped by housework.
Becky, Wife to Dan and Momma to
Danny (15), Andrew (9), Lizzie (8), Matthew and Sarah
our Twin Angel Babies taken home to be with Jesus on 11/7/03, Joshy (4), Gracie (2),
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March 10th, 2011, 08:12 PM
Mega Super Mommy
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I hear what you're saying about even if everyone only has one, there's still a ton.
Just like shoes, for example. If everyone only keeps one pair of shoes by the door/entry/shoe rack, thats still 7 pairs.
Drives me crazy.

I am also good at making chore charts/schedules and we'll stick to them for a while and then they seem to fall out of place. We need to work on that one.

I made a cleaning schedule and try to stick to that pretty vclose. It's so easy for things to get out of whack.
Last week I was in the ER on fluids for dehydration (for one day). I came home and it was like a cyclone had hit.
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March 11th, 2011, 09:16 AM
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We've finally gotten into something that works, so I am not doing everything all the time. I keep pretty organized, but I "only" have 5, they're older, I have space and I am not pregnant and tired.
My kids each have a day, monday to thursday, oldest to #4, and 1 and 2 have to help 3 and 4 (which basically means they have to sweep after supper). We "team clean" the basement when needed.
I am not good with chore charts, allowance etc. so we do pretty good this way. Limiting stuff is also important, because as mentioned before, even if they don't have a giant amount of stuff individually, it still adds up to a lot.
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March 11th, 2011, 10:12 AM
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The only chores my kids have is making their beds putting their dirty clothes in the hamper, and cleaning the playroom.

I am the definition of anti-clutter. Even in their clothing I only have about 8 sets of clothing per season (yes I do more laundry this way but it works) so their dressers stay clean. I actually enjoy housework and I think I have a pretty good routine

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