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How much stress does completing household chores - like cleaning, cooking, etc - add to your life? Do you have any tips for getting it all done?”

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  • De-clutter like crazy - the less crap you have ~ the less there is to clean. I did a room-by-room clean out about a year ago and took things back to the basics - it is so much easier to have a pretty home now without all that junk!

    I swear by doing all of the laundry on Sunday - just plow through it, lay-out the clothes for the week and move on. I used to get really into organizing toys and stuff like I was running some kind of preschool program. Then I sort of just got tired of getting stressed out over it and started dumping all the toys into baskets and rubbermaid containers. The kids seem just as happy...and I have way less picking up to do.

    I'm addicted to the Swiffer Vac... I can't say enough good things about that little tool. I'm sort of a neat freak as I've noticed everyone in our home stays much happier with less mess. I'm a speed cleaner and totally advocate the liberal use of those cleaning wipes - I buy them at the wholesale club and use tons of them to swipe down countertops / bathrooms - I love them. I'm a cleaning product junkie - especially the yummy smelling stuff from Method (at Target). If something smells good, even my kids will ask to use it.

    The other thing that gets me by is lowering my standards a bit. During the week, we use paper plates for breakfast, and sometimes for dinner as well. Getting that extra bit of time with the kids (they go to bed so early now that they are in school!) makes me happier than wasting time loading and unloading the dishwasher.

    About every other Saturday I put on some music and go room to room "deep cleaning" dusting, sweeping and really making it perfect. I delegate a ton to the kids (even if I have to re-do it later) as I think it helps them learn the value of taking care of home.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by AmyinHR on 22nd October 2007

  • Housework sucks! But delegation is a lovely thing - especially when the kids are a bit older (mine are 10, 13, and 14) and I can just bark orders at them and know they know what to do without further instruction or help from me. Learning to be a full-time WAHM has been really hard on me in regards to everything else - it's hard to fit in housework, volunteering at school, etc. So hats off to you ladies that have been working all along while having munchkins! (Tangent there...sorry...)

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Lisa Marie Mary on 10th October 2007

  • Household chores are a huge stress to me because I feel like I can never get everything done to my liking. I'm one of those mother's that is having a hard time letting go of my "pristine" home in exchange for down time. So I constantly make myself feel guilty when I do give in to the mess. But, I'm learning to balance this out a little more by focusing on the positives that I get in return. Sure, my house isn't spotless but I surely have more fun on the floor with my kid than I do cleaning my tub!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by The Tattooed Mommie on 10th October 2007

  • I hate housework, and that is probably the cause of most stress in my life at the moment. Tips? Delegation is good, I wish I had figured that one out some years ago.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Kate on 10th October 2007

  • I follow the wisdom of the FlyLady to minimize time and effort, and to change my attitude about how the household functions.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by KatieK on 10th October 2007

  • Ugh, probably too much. My house is never clean enough and it seems I'm always cleaning. Perhaps b/c it's too big for us and now I've got too much going on to keep up. I'd farm out the cleaning up, seriously, no one cleans like I do. I wish they did. I'd rather pay someone to play with the kids for two hours a couple times a week so I can scrub around the toilets and get the cobwebs off the ceiling myself. And then there's the cooking...a weekly/month schedule is key so you know what you're buying and what you're making and it's ALWAYS ok to deviate and order out. ALWAYS. I know I have serious issues with trying to keep this house clean (lol). It's pretty lame.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Mandy Nelson - Dandysound on 10th October 2007

  • Not so much. My advice -- delegate and hire out!!!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Amy@UWM on 10th October 2007