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Clean House

Posted: May 7th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Cleaning | Tags: Cleaning, Moving, New House | 5 Comments »

So, we are moving in a few weeks.  We get our keys next week and then we’ll be between 2 places for 2 weeks.  Today was the Open House for our duplex.  I know everyone who’s ever had to show a house already knows this: keeping things just right with kids in the house is HARD.

We had plans to leave our house today at 11:30.  At 10:30, after picking up the same two bins of toys and reshelving all of their books for the 157th time today, I called it quits.  The husband has been power washing the driveway of any drawings made by the kids with his pressure washer.  We loaded everyone up into the car (including our pets!) and ran some errands.  Good Will drop-off, Target, picked up a Mother’s Day present for my Mom, drove through the new neighborhood etc.  It was a fairly packed two and a half hours.

When we got home, everything was neat and clean and ready to go.  I made dessert for tomorrow and did the dishes.  I made dinner for tonight and did the dishes again.  We picked up the toys every 30 minutes or so and then finally put everyone to bed.  It’s nice to have everything neat and tidy, but I’m not sure I can keep this up!

I mean I’d LOVE to, I just don’t know if it’s possible.

It’ll have to happen for at least another 48 hours, someone wants to take one more look….of course.

Wish me luck!

How do you keep things clean for things like this with kiddos in the house?

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5 Comments on “Clean House”

  1. 1 Melissa said at 8:19 pm on May 7th, 2011:

    I'm in the exact same boat … our house is on the market and the constant cleaning/straightening up is making me insane. I'm a single parent during the week (with our 9 yr old twins) while my husband is in our new locale, 6 hours away.

    The only thing that has been working (heh) for me is exactly what you're doing … wish there was an easier way. And like you, I love having everything so neat, but I know I won't be able to keep this up either.

  2. 2 Beverly said at 9:26 pm on May 7th, 2011:

    Donate, Donate, Donate & Box it, Box it, Box it ALL up expect the bare essentials…! That's the only way to do it, Sista. Just went through it and it is tough. The constant cleaning and caring for the kids on top of everything else life tosses at you is not a walk in the garden. Good luck! Where is the new place?

  3. 3 julie said at 9:31 pm on May 7th, 2011:

    You can do this. It does feel good to have everything organized. Then you wonder "why can't I do this all the time?"

  4. 4 Dan said at 4:39 pm on May 8th, 2011:

    It’s Mothering Sunday here in the US and I know that even though it is celebrated on a different date depending on your location, I wanted to greet all our mothers on this day! Happy Mothers Day to all of the loving mothers on the Earth!

    [WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The poster sent us ‘869098112 which is not a hashcash value.

  5. 5 RHS said at 2:26 am on November 18th, 2011:

    There are those of us who have the time to do their own cleaning during the weekend or when they arrive from work but there are also those who require the expertise of professional cleaning services Dallas TX (for example) to help them in maintaining the spic and span condition of their living or working spaces. We all need to live and work in clean and bacteria-free environments and I do hope that by reading the given tips, more readers will come to appreciate the importance of maintaining such spotless living or working spaces.


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