cleaning, never clean enough

United States
September 11, 2007 10:35pm CST
ok i have a question to all of you. WHy is you can clean your house but it never looks clean enough??? for instance i can the other day i cleaned the living room kitchen bathroom and did all the laundry, it look vry good, but as soon as the kids got home from school by the end of the day it looked like a disaster area all over again...Not to mention when my husband comes home from work he takes his boots and socks off and leaves them where ever..i feel like it is a never ending battle.. Then the next mornign it is the same battle my husband works 3rd shift and while he is sleeping i try not to make too much noise, then i just sit down and look around and get all depressed.. anyone eles have the same issues please let me know what i can do differently....
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@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
12 Sep 07
Hi there. Im like that, when I clean our home, I clean thoroughly and when Im done, Im still not satisfied until Ive gone in behind, under and moved things out my way to clean whatever, I think though when the husband and children come home, they're actually quiet good and tidy, as they know I cant stand and refuse to have us living in an untidy home... I dont know what you can do, but I have taught my family to be keep things clean, there rooms and to clean up after themselves or go live somewhere else... They respect me for it...
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• United States
12 Sep 07
thank you for your response... i have tried to explain to my kids that they need to atleast keep there toys in there room, well that will work for a while then they just keep bringing them out... all though my oldest son is very good at picking things up there are times he will sy to me mom do you want me to do something for you... i think that is very nice of him he does respect that . when i ask them to clean there room he will usually jump and do it but when all of them get in there well it turns into a fight.. lol i guess typical boys lol.. my husband i guess there will be time when he will surprise me and he will start cleaning and he is not satisfied till it is all done. he does help out but like i said he will usually leaves his boots and stuff where they are till i get angry about it.. but thank you. i am glad your family respects you enough to pick up after themself..
@meholl (510)
• United States
30 Oct 07
Yes this is the way our family members think things work. I have planted baskets in various rooms. I will walk through a room and put things in this basket that shouldn't be out. If things don't get taken to where they belong, by the person that they belong to, they get put into storage, and the children can earn them back. As for hubby leaving socks and shoes laying around, if he works and you stay home, maybe he can be given some leeway on that. I hate cleaning up after everyone else, so I also assign chores that are age appropriate. I may still have to vacuum or dust but the kids should be able to put toys and such away. I have also gotten to the point where I only allow one toy for each child to come out of the bedroom. And they can't bring out more until it is put away. If it is a matter of school things being littered across the floor, there are a lot of options. We have a rack by the back door that is attached to studs in the wall. This rack is for backpacks only. The rack under it is for their coats or jackets. I also use a reward system to insure that things get put where they belong. If the kids are willing to put forth the effort to clean up after themselves, I am willing to make a treat, or sometimes let them get out a favorite board game. The biggest treat to the kids is if I will sit down and play a game with them. I also keep the TV off until all chores and homework are done. I hope things get a little easier for you and the kids start to respect how much work you do to keep a clean house
• United States
30 Oct 07
Ughhh i knowww ohh soo well what u are talkin about!! I only have me and my son..hes 5..and i wil clean all day..and whenhe gets home..his friends come up..and goodbyee clean home..iwil miss u soo much lol..it sux..and i too get depressed soo much..it is a never ending battle for me too..and soemdays i just say i quit..but we are moms andthis battle wil never end for some time..so i just suck it up and wait till hes old enough to do everything..cuza im takin a VACATION!! LOL