As I’m stood loading yet another load of washing into the machine, I start to wonder…
With only 4 in my house hold my washing machine seems to be constantly going yet my laundry basket is always over flowing. There is always a pile of ironing and clothes drying.
How do larger family’s cope or so I just have an excessive amount of laundry for 4 people? I don’t believe so but maybe I am wrong ?
Could someone please shead some light on this situation for me?
Short of making the kids wear dirty clothes I don’t know how I could cut back my washing load… but I’m sure there is someone out there who can help!
Please please share your comments and tips with me and any other mothers reading this!
Keeping on top of the house work and every day tasks can be a challenge with two kids under 4. Most days I used to feel like I was drowing under a sea of chorse and toys. I have found a few things that help me on a day to day basis keep my home running relatively smoothly.
1. Loading washing machine the night before.
This one may seem silly but I just never seems to be finished with the laundry so I find on a good day I can get 3 loads washed and dried in a day (with British weather you can’t take sun for granted ) I do have a tumble but I don’t like using it. So I just find loading the machine the night before and then when I turn the kettle on in the morning the machine goes straight on aswell. Presto 39 minutes later clean washing ready for pegging out on the line.
2. The power hour
This honestly has saved my life. My The Power Hour piece will explain more about this cleaning technique.
3. Stay focused
Playing music whilst cleaning really keeps me focused mainly as I boogy away whilst I’m doing it.
4. Limit and contain the mess
Having two under 4 tends to mean that as I’m cleaning there following behind leaving a trail of destruction, so I find limiting them to one small box of toys at a time does not only mean less to clean up but also teaches the kids to put away before getting more toys out. I also keep the toys in one room so I don’t end up with a house full of toys.
Clutter can creep up on us all. And whenit does it makes cleaning much harder. So twice a week I pick to places to declutter. I’m not talking entire rooms I’m talking small places which only take a few minutes such as kids wardrobe, side board or under the stairs. I just find this keep the clutter at bay without feeling that dreaded “oh god I’ve got to go through the bedrooms today etc “.
I hope you find this useful
Ice recently got into doing a power hour of cleaning ! I know it’s a bit behind and people have been doing it for what seems like forever! But honestly I’ve never needed it really before, but now it’s the summer my kids live outside and so unfortunately my housework has really suffered as a result. Power hour has saved my life… well my house from destruction.
Today’s list (excuses the scruffy handwriting, i wasn’t planning on taking a picture of it )
I find the best results happen when I write a check list of jobs and tick them off as I go. I only use this for day to day jobs such as hovering or cleaning the bathroom and the odd weekly job. I then clean like a mad woman for 1 hour and the results are truly amazing!!
An hour goes surprisingly slow so it’s good to write more jobs than you think you can do. I start with the jobs I least enjoy or the ones that are a necessity that way if you don’t finish it all you aren’t left with jobs that still need doing.
Does anyone else use this method??