I think a lovely, ordered home is a good thing. It makes me feel great and it is far easier to keep clean and tidy than a messy one…but all this takes time and there is cake to be eaten, coffee to be drunk and sunshine to be sat in as well as of course! the children to be played with. The pennies won’t stretch to a housekeeper so WISDOM must prevail. I would not call these housework CHEATS I would call them housework HELPS …
Sretch your clothes as you hang them and try and smooth them straight as you fold them and don’t be too pernickity. Very little really needs ironing.
Save your ironing for an engrossing tv show, you’ll get it done whilst barely thinking about it.
Think of doing the laundry like brushing your teeth it’s just something you do each morning before leaving the house. Keep on top of it or it’s overwhelming (and you’ll have to wear dirty socks- Yuk!)
Clean the bathroom as you watch your kids in the bath.
Mop the kicthen floor whilst the kids are doing ther homwork (they won’t be able to get up!)
Clean out the fridage whilst you make tea.
Doubling up means housework time and effort feel considerable less.
The less stuff you have in your house the less housework you need to do SO why not have a massive declutter and donate to a charity shop or have a car boot sale.
Working against the clock always pushes us to work faster SO just set your stopwatch for 15 minutes I bet you can clean the whole kicthen by the end of it.
The more others do the less you will do. My son has to sort and bring down the laundry. My daughter clears her plates after each meal. They both push in their chairs and tidy toys away before bed. After 21 days anything becomes a habit get the whole family trained up! They are far cheaper than a cleaner.
If all else fails….
Invite another child to tea. This ENSURES you get tidied up just in case they go home and tell their mum your house is a tip!
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