I received a great message last week from a lovely reader Katie that I knew would make a great post.
Do I do laundry every day?
Pretty much! I have a 9.5kgs top loader and a huge hills hoist and I keep them both busy almost every day of the week. I might skip a day if we’ve had lots of things on or the weather is bad and it looks like it will be a nicer day the next. I don’t mind washing and hanging it out on the line. I do mind the folding, sorting and putting it away. So whenever I have a helper in the house they usually help out with the folding and sorting and if I’m lucky it makes it into wardrobes.
I have a thing for fresh pjs each night for everyone which someone in the house thinks is silly but heh I’m the same with towels too. It probably makes more work for myself but I like fresh towels.
How do I organise the housework?
I don’t have set days for cleaning because I pretty much always find something to do every day.
Floors get swept every day sometimes twice a day depending on the room. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen so do a lot of cleaning and wiping in there, dishes etc. Dishwasher goes on when I’ve finished cleaning the kitchen at the end of the day and I unpack it with my first coffee of the day and then load it up during the day. Most days I run it twice a day.
Vacuuming once a week in the play room downstairs and then upstairs and the stairs are usually every 2 weeks.
Floors downstairs get washed each weekend and I have to do it before everyone wakes up or when they are in one room as we have a few slip n sliders.
I also keep some cleaning products in each bathroom to make it easier to keep on top of them during the week. I’m also a fan of those easy wipe kind of products that are quick and easy and make everything look clean again.
We did have a wonderful cleaner at our last house but haven’t got someone here yet so it’s me running solo. I haven’t minded too much since it’s pretty much my exercise at the moment.
If you have a newborn then my number one lifesaving tip if you can manage it is to have someone come in every 2 weeks to clean the house for you. It is one less thing to worry about and everyone loves a clean house. One of my girls loves the smell of domestos on the floors after they’ve been cleaned:)
Unfortunately none of my little ones really love keeping their rooms tidy so I keep on top of the littlest two and have the 3 bigger kids make their own beds and do their own rooms with a few ‘interventions’ by me when they are getting really messy. They each have their own quirks. One loves to wear a few outfits a day and leave them all under her bed when she’s done. Another one dresses well and just one outfit a day but pulls out every shelf of their wardrobe in the process and one just likes to pile things on the floor around her bed. I hope it gets easier keeping their rooms organised as they get older. Maybe not.
I’m a pretty casual meal planner in that I might use the back of an envelope and write out the week’s dinners so that I can base the shopping list from it. All of our dinners are gluten free and I make it dairy free for my little miss. We usually have a vegie or tuna pasta dish once or twice a week (san remo gluten free pasta is the best in my opinion), a rice dish, once or twice a week we do a meat dish which could be mince, sausages or chicken (at the moment the kids are loving roast potatoes, carrots and chicken pieces), we also have an egg dish like frittata or slice one night. Not much takeaway since we’ve moved and everything is far away.
We grocery shop on the weekend with at least two top ups during the week because I’ve forgotten something, had a craving for something and because we always need fresh bread, milk, fruit and crackers. I need a lifetime supply of crackers and fruit in this house as it always disappears with lots of little snackers living here.
I’m not a super organised or efficient person but I do just try to keep on top of everything every day. My house is never spotless or totally uncluttered but you should see me clean if I know someone is coming over to visit!!!!! And I know I’m not the only one who does that…………………
And I also like to set myself little goals like a magazine or some craft when the cleaning is done so I get through it………..otherwise I might just want to craft all day. This is my quilt progress and I’m itching to finish it but will try to do a little bit each day………………