I am not the best at keeping my house clean but I want to be. Any suggestions?

United States
January 15, 2007 11:05pm CST
I love to cook and I don't mind washing and drying clothes but it's the folding and ironing and vaccuuming and doing the dishes and basically household chores that I don't like. I'm 26 and it's just me and my mom. I feel so bad at time because although she lives with me she does most of the household chores. I only do them in spurts. I've tried to get a routine going. You know just doing a few things at a time everyday but after a while I get bored with it and slack off again and she'll do it. I think that's my problem. I know she'll do it. This is terrible I feel so spoiled at times. Any suggestions on how to break that habit?
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
17 Jan 07
I love to cook also I just hate looking at all the dishes afterwards. lol Well I will suggest what I do. I don't iron until I am going to wear it and will either iron it the night before or that morning. I have even hung it in the bathroom while taking a shower and in most cases the wrinkles will fall out. I only do the things that look like they need it. Like dusting. But I did learn from a show I used to watch on t.v. that if everytime you got up to leave a room that you took something out that didn't belong that your house would stay cleaner. I did this and it worked. well I hope that you get everything sorted out. And if it doesn't look like it needs cleaned don't clean it. I use a swifer dust mop and it get alot of the dirt better then a broom does and they work great.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
17 Jan 07
Also I have found that turning on music with a beat that makes you want to get up and dance and move it will help out in housecleaning chores and makes them seem to go faster. I guess because it is taking your mind off the tedious task.
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@getnbuy (1314)
• United States
16 Jan 07
Take a look at flylady.net
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• United States
16 Jan 07
Thanks for the tip
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@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
16 Jan 07
I find that it's easier to keep the house picked up and clean than to let it get out of control where it's a big project to clean. I always put things away where they belong when I'm done with them, hang up clothes and coats, fold laundry as soon as I take it out of the dryer. If something needs to be put away in the basement, I'll just take it down there. I do things like dusting and vacuuming in the evenings real quick, and all that's left that's really work is the bathroom and the kitchen floor. But things are definitely easier if you stick to a routine and keep it clean.
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• United States
17 Jan 07
I agree with you. It is much easier for me also, to just put things back, close cabinets, do small loads, so they can get folded, and put away, etc. If I can't do little by little, it takes way too long to catch up. I would need the entire day.
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@sylvrrain (661)
• United States
17 Jan 07
There are some really great responses to your question. Some good ideas. I keep a dishpan with cleaning supplies (windex, pledge, clorox clean-up, paper towels, etc.) so when I go to clean, I just carry that around with me. If there is something in one room that belongs in another, I just throw it in the dishpan and carry it around until I get to that particular room. It keeps me from running back and forth from room to room and not getting anything accomplished. As for the dishes, I have found that if you fill a sink up with hot soapy water and wash the dishes as you use them, when you are finished cooking and ready to eat, all that is left is serving dishes and the plates you ate off of. Now if my husband would learn to do this......oh well, it is nice to have dreams.....
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@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
17 Jan 07
Yes I love cooking and the things that you like, as for clothing I do not have to iron mine as I buy those that you do not have to iron, I understand your mum is doing a lot of the work in the house so I think if there are only the two of you then you should buck up and do some more to help out, if you get into a routine then you won't find it so annoying.
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• United States
17 Jan 07
I have sisters that are like that. And it is annoying sometimes to go over to their homes and notice that the most simple things to clean, have not been done. They have started, though becoming more organized and cleaner. But, it is something that takes a lot of work. I, for one, like a clean place also. But, sometimes, I just am not in the mood to get things done, so I organize my schedule and do things at different times. Like laundry day, and vacuuming, etc... I have noticed that it is easier when there are people that can keep you company, as you work. Like friends or family members on the phone or at your place. I have my moments, where I am cleaning like crazy, and then, sometimes, I am just not in the mood at all. I hope that you can figure out a fun schedule, because sometimes, it is just too much to do all at once.
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• United States
17 Jan 07
I am just like you,but than I got 2 babies,so I learned my lesson quickly.here's my tip:if you use a plate or a cup,wash and put away right away.Laundry put in hamper once you take off,Make it a challenge on saturday morning to vaccum all rugs in 15 min.While brushing your teeth , wipe the sink every day ,mop the bathroom with a swiffer and a drizzle of clorox after night time brushing as well.
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@jaredlp (418)
• United States
16 Jan 07
Well first off i got the same problem... i figure i have three options 1 i can find money to hire someone to clean up after me... i aint rich so lets see my second option 2 find a wife that likes to do the parts i dont like doing ... looks great one the outside make for an equal partnership but yeah takeing time so haveing to find something in the mean time 3 do my best to always put every dirty dish straight into dish washer and take all trash imeditly to trash can... then one day a week pull out the vacuum and broom and dust pan and all that mess... hate doing it but once done i usually feel a lot better
@malcido (422)
• United States
26 Jan 07
Keeping the house nice is not one of my strong suits either. What is working for me is to make a list and mark things off as I accomplish each task---simple, but effective for me. I have also used the flylady method and found it helpful, but moving away from the computer is the most helpful thing for me!!! ;)
• Philippines
17 Jan 07
hey, try to do the things that you dont like, stop thinking that you dont like to do those things, try to it, later you'll find yourself enjoying those things you hate doing before.
@yrteja (651)
• India
17 Jan 07
take a resolution and tell it to some body to remind you in a gap of 10-15 minutes and you will get success.