Saturday, 30 July 2016

How Do You Do It?

No, I'm not looking for you to tell me about your steamy boudoir secrets, although if you'd like to, go right ahead. It'll be much more interesting than this post which is so boring I'm just going to put random photos throughout that have nothing to do with it. 

Aunty Amy feeding Sienna
I was in bed at 10.30 last night and slept the clock round, not rising til 11.30am! That's what getting up with a baby for 3 hourly feeds does for you when you're pushing 50!

Scone Cake - because I was too lazy to cut out individual ones
At 12.30 I was still in my PJ's trying to muster up the energy to do something productive, like cleaning our bedroom. Lately all motivation for housework seems to have disappeared and although I'm keeping on top of things it's certainly not done with the enthusiasm I once had.

Another pair sewn, 31/2 to go!
Which leads me on to my question of, how do you do it? Housework that is. Do you have a big splurge and do it all in one day, do you split downstairs and upstairs over 2 days, do you do one room a day or do you just turn a blind eye? I've done it all ways over the years, my most recent way being splitting downstairs and upstairs over 2 days but I think I'm going back to one room a day and then one extra job in that room every week, like sorting a wardrobe or washing cushion covers. 

A cheeky 3 night break booked here for this week

Anyway how boring is this post and I didn't even run out of time typing it, so I ended up having to do the bedroom after all! I pushed the boat out though and did 2 extra jobs this week, washing the light shade and the voile.  

Clean and sparkly light shade
Must try harder to think of something more interesting to blog about tomorrow :) 

xxx


30 comments:

  1. My housekeeping style is definitely turn a blind eye! :D Unless I have visitors! Then it is rush around clearing surfaces and sweeping the worst of the dust bunnies! :o I have tried the room a day approach, but I find it hard to maintain. I tend to be lazy and leave it for the weekend and when the weekend comes around, I don't want to spend my weekend cleaning!

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    1. I try not to clean at the weekend either, mainly because with everybody in the house it feels untidy anyway no matter what I do. I'm pretty good at keeping surfaces clean but have turned a blind eye to quite a lot lately. My room a day is going to be limited to an hour, which is long enough I think and will also inspire me to move my backside :) xx

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  2. I've never had a proper routine for cleaning. When I was first married and working full-time I would do it all at once on a Saturday starting in the bedrooms and working down. Then working part-time I would do it on one of the afternoons I didn't work. When my daughter was born it got done when I had the time and now my husband does the main cleaning as I am disabled, although I do potter about doing jobs. My friend used to do upstairs one day and downstairs the next. I also know of someone who used to do one room a day. Although I think it's soul destroying, it does look nice when it's done.

    Joan (Wales)

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    1. Reading it back it does look like I had a routine, although I didn't think I had. We live and learn.

      Joan (Wales)

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    2. Hi Joan, your routines sound a little like mine used to do. When I worked Friday night was my cleaning night, while Mark went to the pub for a drink with my brother. Didn't mind at all. Loved having the house to myself and giving it a good going over. Then when I had Amy I worked Tues-Fri so Monday was my cleaning day, although I didn't really like that. Who wants to clean on their day off and look after a baby. Lately I'm in no routine at all but it doesn't really sit comfortably so I need to get myself sorted. Sorry to hear your health isn't so good but glad that you can still potter around :)xx

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    3. Sorry, I don't know your name. It's ironic that now I can't do physical housework I want to do it, if only to do it my way.

      Joan (Wales)

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    4. I can relate to that totally. After the heart attack I wasn't allowed to do any heavy housework for a while and although I was grateful that Mark stepped up it's frustrating not being able to do it yourself. Suzanne. xx

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  3. Aww your post isn't boring........it's life.
    My style of housekeeping is a bit haphazard sometimes although I do stick to sorting and cleaning the fridge on a Wednesday and a good clean up downstairs on a Friday. Upstairs mostly gets done as and when it needs it....usually at a weekend but the bathroom gets a wipe round most days. DD cleans her own room and she does the bathroom deep clean for me as I struggle with kneeling down in there. The kitchen gets something cleaned in it every day and then a really good cleaning session once every month to six weeks....oven, cupboard fronts cleaned etc.
    I find it hard keeping on top of everything I must admit-x-

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    1. Yes, I suppose housework is a part of life unfortunately! Haphazard describes my approach perfectly lately, but it's not really me which is why I need some sort of routine. We sound quite similar really. I wipe the toilet and sink in the bathroom every day as well and Amy does her room (well in theory). The kitchen is done every day but it's the big jobs in there I need to get to grips with. It's such a thankless task though isn't it. Just going round and round in circles. So boring. xx

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  4. My best cleaning was when we paid somene else to do it! We had to keep everywhere tidy with nothing lying about and it meant the house was always clean and tidy. I need to get back to a better routine as I start off well but get distracted by sewing, knitting, your blog etc -you get the picture.? Have finished decluttering for now but there are lots of niggly jobs needing done and ICBA. Enjoy your break and take lots of pics. Catriona

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    1. Hahaha, perhaps I should get a cleaner, because I would definitely clean before he/she came so they didn't think I was a slob. Yes, sewing, knitting and blogs are definitely to blame for my lack of cleaning but they always win hands down over scrubbing the bathroom or mopping the kitchen floor. What can I say :) xx

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  5. Simple answer - not very well. I seem to muddle through somehow. I will keep checking your comments to see if someone has some good ideas. 😊 X

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    1. It's hard when you've got a little one as well isn't it. They need you and to be honest it's more fun doing something with them than housework. When Amy was little I used to knacker myself out trying to keep the house like it was before she was born. Definitely wouldn't do it again. I think we probably all muddle through in our own way. xx

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  6. Love this post. Not bring. It's just what we all think about! I've totally gutted my room, in prep for decorating. The old computer desk complete with 8 inch thick dust has gone. The desk stored A LOT of stuff. Mostly belonging to the kids!

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    1. Ooohhh a decorating project. Hope you'll be showing pictures on your blog. It's such a thankless task this housework malarkey. In some ways it seemed better when I worked because it was a case of out of sight out of mind and when I got in I was too shattered to even care. xx

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    2. I once read that a room looks 90% better if the floor is clean! So sometimes that's what I focus on lol

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    3. Don't you find that sometimes the floor seems such a long way to bend down to though haha. xx

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  7. No simple answer...I seem to have mastered panic cleaning quite well when I know someone is coming round, fortunately that doesn't happen very often. Wish I could be better at it - but I have discovered no matter how hard I try I can't make things fit into spaces that aren't big enough so it is always a dilemma...I am slowly starting to try and be ruthless to make cleaning easier.

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    1. Your panic cleaning made me laugh. I think we've all done that at some point. But why is it when the house has been clean and clutter free all week, on the one day it's not somebody drops in.

      Good luck with your de-cluttering, it definitely helps to be clutter free when it comes to cleaning. xx

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    2. It's a fact. NO ONE and I mean NO ONE has EVER been to see me when my home is show house standard clean. The minute I've not hoovered/washed up/cleaned the bathroom/moved anything
      A stream of visitors seem to beat a path to my front door. My mum even bought me a plaque for my kitchen.
      It says.
      My kitchen was tidy yesterday. Sorry you missed it!!

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    3. I like that plaque. Wonder if they do one for all the other rooms in the house as well. I was mortified once when my friends husband dropped in unannounced (which I really don't have a problem with, our door is always open, I don't need people to make appointments), but it was raining and my knickers were hung all over the radiators. They weren't even my sexy ones either, just plain white functional 'work' ones. And yes, I used to have going out knickers and work knickers rofl. xx

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  8. I used to have a very efficient system of doing certain things on certain days...but I fell off the wagon and haven't seemed to get back on it. Now its one full day of cleaning which leaves me tired and grumpy. I really need to go back to my old way....

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    1. Hi Lynn, I used to clean on Mondays but same as you felt shattered at the end of the day. Plus by the time I'd finished the kids were coming in from school and bags, coats, shoes, lunchboxes, homework made it look as though I'd not done anything. I liked the idea of getting it all over and done with in a day though.

      I think my room a day might work better. I'm limiting myself to one hour though because it will motivate me to get moving and I've still got all the other bits like washing, ironing, bathroom swish, bed making etc. to do. It's never ending. xx

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  9. I used to do a Monday Big Clean every week without fail. I still do that, actually, I like Monday to get sheets changed and the house tidied up after the weekend. then I try to keep on top of things each day. I do laundry every day, I hoover every other, and then will set time aside to do specific tasks like a good clean of a bathroom.
    No getting out of it, cleaning is repetitive and tedious, and at this time of year seems like a real effort when it's hot. So some days I will turn a blind eye. As long as the house is relatively neat and tidy then I'm happy. The only thing I really keep on top of is keeping the kitchen sink area clean and tidy. It's a Flylady thing. And she's right. If the sink is tidy and sparkling, then it seems to make the kitchen feel clean. Its my big Obsession. :O)

    By the way. This blog is not boring. Honest. Truthful. Not boring. xx

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    1. Monday used to be my cleaning day, but I was shattered at the end of it so I think my room a day may work better for me especially as there's still the everyday stuff that needs doing like washing, ironing and hoovering.

      Flylady is right. As long as my sink area and counters are clear and the floor has been swept the kitchen feels OK. Same with the bathroom. The toilet and sink get wiped every day. It is repetitive and tedious though and some days I'd rather knit, read or sew. Trouble is those days are definitely outnumbering housework days lately. xx

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    2. Before we had sky ( now virgin ), watching everything on catch up and fast forward, I used to follow my own plan of 'Advert cleaning'
      So Everytime an advert came on, id do a five minute burst of cleaning! Either washing up after tea or cleaning the kitchen to sorting out a drawer! My best friend then started doing it too!
      You really do get loads done in an evening of viewing and didn't seem over facing after a day at work. I might just re introduce Advert Cleaning back in my life every now and then! You can even Hoover a room in three minutes!
      I'm aware now, it's 4.19am and I've commented loads on one post! I can't sleep. I might go celebrate Advert Cleabing on my own blog!

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    3. Cleaning
      Ffs what even IS Cleabing ??!!

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    4. I'm used to your words by now Rachel. You remind of how the BFG talks haha.

      It is surprising what you can get done in a few minutes. I once timed myself emptying the dishwasher, don't think it took longer than a minute, so why does it always feel like such a mammoth task? I try to record a lot of programmes with adverts so I can FF. Ads used to be better than the programme but they're so long and boring now I'm sure I could have the ironing done by the time the programme comes back on. I get what you're saying though, a few minutes here and there all mounts up.

      What time did you get to sleep!!!xx

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    5. I didn't! I stayed awake! I think I'm in insomnia mode - I hit this mode every few weeks. Grrr

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    6. That must be horrible. I take ages to go to sleep and that's bad enough. Seem to have got over my phase of waking up in the night though, touch wood. I read that people think insomniacs don't feel tired but in fact they feel shattered. Is that the case? xx

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