How do you keep up on house work?

1 load a day… sometimes there’s more time in the day for a couple more, but then I always get behind on putting away.

Laundry first thing in the morning every morning! I wakeup, toss it in, make breakfast🧺

Wash, eat lunch, dry, and to the basket it goes!

Dishes as we use them and once a month we buy the bulk compostable paper plates and utensils!:sweat_drops:

Always clean the toilet and bathroom before every shower, including the trash bin, fill toilet paper holder, etc🚽

Sweep/mop/vacuum before nap time :zzz:

Trash :wastebasket: gets taken out after dinner!

Listen to some music, relax, fold laundry :basket:

And then repeat daily :woman_shrugging:t3:

Once a month I’ll clean out the fridge, organize drawers, clean oven, etc!


Toss everything in, wash, dry, boom lol.

I do a load everyday or every other day otherwise I’d never keep up

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throw everything on the floor burn the house down n collect the insurance :joy:


I have 4 kids and I literally force myself to do the basics twice a day. Once at nap and once before bed. My youngest are 3, and 18 month old twins. So really I cant do alot except at those times. They are constantly fighting and into everything. I make a checklist every morning and stick to it. Cleaning every night gives me a fresh start everyday.

I don’t let things fall behind. It’s easier to maintain than to catch up. Our kids also have age appropriate chores. As soon as they learn to walk, I teach them to help pick up toys, so that it becomes a habit. Washing dishes as you cook saves a huge amount of time, because there’s not a lot to clean up later. I do at least one load of laundry each day to keep it from getting backed up.

I’m 21 weeks pregnant and have been having issues with contractions since week 17… I don’t keep up with anything anymore except for crochet projects and binge watching way too much on Prime. :roll_eyes::pensive: Losing my mind with boredom already, and I’m not due until June! I can’t believe I actually miss simple things like cleaning and cooking… grocery shopping… yoga… going for walks… blahhh.

Always fold laundry right after you get it out of the dryer , otherwise it’ll take you a week or more to fold it :joy::joy::joy::joy:

I admittedly do good about making sure we all have clean and dry clothes, about half the time they don’t get folded though. :woman_shrugging: I pick up the house, get the dishes done, and counters/tables wiped everyday, and sweep and vacuum about every other day or so, but ive accepted folding laundry is just the thing I’ll regularly be behind on. :woman_shrugging: I’m a mom, my husband and I both work full time. I used to stress and stress about it and end up doing it all on the weekends, but we’re hardly ever all home together, so instead of stressing about it, I just accepted I’ll always be alittle behind on laundry and focus on spending time with my family.

Let’s get real ladies, adderall :rofl::rofl:

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Do at least 1 load every day. Have separate baskets for whites, darks and colours so you can just bung a load in the machine without thinking.
Alternate white / darks or just wash the fullest basket. as soon as you’ve finished a load, put the next one in ready. Then when I wake up for the next day / or later that day for sheets(do mine weekly), just turn on the machine. Then when child is in bed get the hubby to help fold the one / two loads. All other cleaning jobs are done on a rota between husband and I as we both work, have a toddler and I’m currently 21 weeks pregnant.

I have six kids and they are all responsible for 2 chores each. Teaches them responsibility and also helps keep the house going

That laundry is something you just can’t keep up with I have 6 kids I might keep it down but never totally finished :rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:

My kids played hard & when very little had lots of laundry (poop, pee, spit up, food, dirt—unbelievable!). I’d put one load in when I first got up, switch it to the dryer and reload before I went to work (helps if you have a “delay start” feature. Fold as you take things out if you can. Then switch again when I got home from work. Sort and fold after the kids are in bed while watching TV, put away whenever you get a moment, throw in another load before bed (again delay start if you can so wet clothes aren’t sitting in the washer all night).

Once kids are mobile, get them to help you sort darks, mediums, lights, whites if you do different loads. Have them take turns loading (use a stepstool for top loaders), switch, match socks and fold washcloths, hand towels, etc. Give them more responsibility as they are capable until they can do laundry on their own. Give credit for their efforts on a chore chart.

It may take more time at the beginning to involve the kids, but will pay off over time. This creates responsible adults. Make it fun if you can. Count how many items of clothing there are as you toss them in. Kids might enjoy spraying stains with pre-treat (like Spray N Wash). Play a song and see if you can get everything loaded or switched before the song ends.

Have a regular clean up time each day when kids put their toys away, their laundry in a hamper (if not already there) and put clean clothes away on shelves or in labeled bins with pictures (pants, shirts, socks, underwear, etc.) You will have to supervise the very young ones.

As for the rest, lower your expectations, get the kids and hubs to help, or if you can swing it, hire someone to come in every so often to help keep up. Make it easy to clean up with open top bins, and open, low shelves. I covered cardboard boxes in wrapping paper to match the decor. Label each box or shelf with words and pictures of what goes there so kids can help.

Kids can load/unload/put away unbreakable dishes & silverware from the dishwasher, or rinse and stack if you do them in a sink. They might get a kick out of spraying and wiping down countertops. They can hold a dust pan while you sweep, dust table and chair legs, throw things you hand them in a trash/garbage can. Kids love to use dust busters and other small or light vacuums. They can pull up their covers & put pillows on their beds until they can better make the bed. As they get older, have them help you change sheets and mattress pads.

The more the kids are actively involved in house upkeep the better it is all around. Age 3 seems to be the prime age for wanting to imitate mommy.

Put Dad in charge of supervising a few things and finishing what the kids miss: trash pick up, laundry put away, toy pick up, whatever; let him choose. You will likely have to clean the bathroom(s) mostly yourself until you know the kids can be responsible. Give dad one item (sink, tub, toilet, floor, any rugs) that is his responsibility.

Use a chore chart and give gold stars for all chores (include yourself to remind everyone of all that you do for them). Give rewards for getting a certain number of tasks done in a week (don’t expect perfection). Bonus points earned for doing chores without complaining. Change up the chores weekly so everyone gets a chance at doing them. Rewards can be picking a menu, a movie, staying up an extra 15 minutes or 15 extra minutes of screen time, a dollar to spend at the dollar store, nails painted or foot, shoulders or back massage. Whatever works. Don’t forget to come up with rewards for you and dad too! Don’t reward with food or make them earn their one-on-one time with a parent, which can lead to eating and emotional problems.

Doing everything by yourself for everybody just teaches them to feel entitled and incapable. Share the load and teach them adulting and show them they can accomplish much! Good luck and again, don’t expect perfection.

Washing first thing after beds stripped kids changed then bang in Dyer put away second load when kids are in bed for uniforms etc

I do a load a day… towels, sheets, clothes something.
It isn’t so much to fold and everything is constantly clean


Clean as I go and do at least 1 load of laundry every day (cause I don’t like a full day of it). I make the kids clean up their messes before bed or their stuff gets tossed in a bag until they earn it back. The kids help with what they are able to throughout the day and I clean for 45 minutes to an hour after kids are asleep. I make sure everything is done by Saturday night because I don’t want to clean on Sundays. Sundays are family days for us to enjoy and go out. Its the only day my bf has off work and I’m not cleaning anything except dishes we dirty and spills. A rule in our house is food and drinks MUST STAY in the kitchen. The only exception is popcorn on a blanket in the living room when we have a movie night.

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We do a quick clean every day. It keeps the house clean without taking away the weekend to do it.

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Just do it. Don’t sit there and let it pile up. Lazieness is what it’s called and if you have kids, train them, get them to help. I have a 2 and 4 year old that clean up when I say. I have o.c.d and the last thing I wanna do is sit there and watch them trash the place.