Housekeeping

Call A Friend

Category: Housekeeping

Cleaning house- From giant overwhelming tasks to smaller projects. Call a friend(s), drop kids off at sitter and tag team each other's house. Yolked together makes a burden light.

Inside Out Laundry

Category: Housekeeping

Have your children turn their clothes right side out before placing them into the laundry.

Toothpicks

Category: Housekeeping

Have you ever had a stripped screw in a cabinet or other furniture? Remove screw. Insert one or two tooth picks and screw old screw back in. Also if you have scratched furniture or cabinets, rub a walnut over the scratch to remove the scratch. Hope these tips make your life easier!

Cleaning with a Leaf Blower

Category: Housekeeping

Leaf blowers are not just for leaves. I have learned to "leaf blow" my garage out, patios and drive-way, anything outside that needs to be swept. No more using a broom for this back breaking task. Just turn the leaf blower on and the garage has a clean floor in 5-10 minutes and no broken back.

A Load of Laundry Each Day

Category: Housekeeping

Do at least one load of laundry every day. Empty all the hampers every morning and start a load before you leave the house. Put it in the dryer in the afternoon or when you come home from work. Then fold it and put it away before bed. You will never have to scale "Mount Washmore" again!

Pre-Sort Laundry

Category: Housekeeping

I pre-sort my laundry in the laundry room. I have 4 hampers set up and have them organized by darks, lights, towels, and delicates. As I bring laundry down from bedrooms throughout the week, or if people "shed" laundry when they go through the laundry room, the laundry gets sorted into these hampers. When a bin is full, I wash that load of laundry. It saves time by not having to constantly sort laundry, or spend time sorting all those loads when I need to wash them - it's already done and I can just throw the load in!

Leaving It Till Tomorrow

Category: Housekeeping

On the days when I feel like I "need" to do something around the house (which is most days), I ask myself one question: "How much will it bother me tomorrow?" If the idea of leaving it til tomorrow makes me anxious, I take care of it right away. If not, I leave it and spend time with family or doing other things I enjoy. Most of the time, it's not a big deal to leave it alone. It will all get done eventually.

Chores

Category: Housekeeping

Break chores up and divide among those able to do them. Kids can vacuum and dust and even clean the tub and toilets on top of maintaining their own rooms. Schedule one day as normal chore day. I raised four boys. Someone would walk the dog, someone else would do laundry, another would do the dishes and the fourth would dry the dishes and put them away, switching chores daily or weekly. Also count the number of rooms that you have to clean and then "deep clean" one room a week or a month or a day, whichever suits your schedule. DO NOT try to do all of the cleaning for the whole house in one day. You will be exhausted. Remember a little dirt never hurt anybody.

Not Sorting Laundry

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I don't sort clothes when I wash them. There is a great product out called Color Catchers by Shout. I have used them for years. You just throw them in with your clothes and any color that bleeds from the clothes is caught on the sheet. Simply throw it away after the wash. Showed this to my son when he was 12 and we have never had a problem, works really well with red clothing and blue jeans.

Sorting Laundry

Category: Housekeeping

These are my tips for simplifying the ever-present chore of laundry.
1. We bought a 3-bin laundry hamper. Everyone, including kids, sorts their own laundry when they get undressed - whites in one, jeans in another, miscellaneous darks in the third. No more huge sorting task!
2. Boys white socks rarely come off their feet white, soeach person pre-treats their own socks (sprays, scrubs, rinses & hangs to dry) This saves A LOT of time, because I can simply throw all the whites in without having to pretreat all of the socks. And with the extra dirt rinsed, I rarely have to rewash or rerinse a load.
3. Lost or mismatched socks - NOT A PROBLEM! Everyone pins their pair of socks together before throwing them in the laundry, so when they come out of the dryer, no sorting and matching to do and NO LOST SOCKS!