Housework! I suck at it!!

October 5, 2015

CONFESSION TIME – I SUCK AT HOUSEWORK. It’s always been known that I’m a messy person. Even my blog has ‘messy’ in the title!! I don’t know how people have the time for it most days, and those that enjoy it are like a freak of nature!
I’m not dirty, theres a difference. I’m just messy. Cluttered. I get things out and think ‘I’ll put that away later’… and then don’t!

Don’t get me wrong, once I start, I cant stop. I go over all the door handles, light switches, get rid of any little handprints and bleach everything in sight! You could eat your dinner off the toilet seats when I’m done with them.  It’s just the getting started I have trouble with.

Now that Dexter is in a routine with going to preschool, I do have a small amount of free time in which I could and maybe even should get some housework done. Thing is, I’m just not motivated by it. This is not helped by having a husband that loves doing it all and if there were more hours in the day, probably would do a lot more of it. I’m not blaming him, but sometimes his eagerness makes me more lazy as I know he’ll do it if I don’t.

With BabyGirl due shortly after Christmas I decided that today is the day I work out a cleaning schedule and start to stick to it. (How long I stick to it for is an entirely different subject – If anyone is doing a sweepstake, let me know, I’d like some of that action!)

I’ve worked out that if I get up when Liam gets up, I could probably have the boy child fed and my ‘jobs’ for that day all done by 10.30 easily and then have the rest of the day for us (or me if he’s at preschool). Even if I’m having a ‘bleurgh’ pregnancy day and it takes me forever, I should still easily get at least the list done for that day.


Here is my schedule. I’ve tried not to add too many jobs to each day so that its not too overwhelming. I’ve told Liam that any jobs I haven’t got round to become his too when he gets home although I intend to get them all done first thing.

There are things on there that won’t be stuck to religiously if they don’t need doing that day and some things that are only listed a couple of times but will be done when needed on top of that too.

And as for laundry, well… That’s a mission in itself!

You’ll see on there I’ve also added meal plan and shop on a Saturday. I’m hoping by making a meal plan on a saturday morning for the coming week, we can just shop for top-ups and essentials when needed and at least I’ll know what I’m doing for dinner and we will have what we need for each meal.

Hopefully by the time BabyGirl arrives, this will all be so embedded, I won’t even need to look at the list. Perhaps I could even train Dexter to help me, ha ha ha.

What are your tips for a tidy home when you have kids? I’m not all that organised so I guess thats the key but what are your ‘must do’ jobs each day?

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  • Reply Hannah Budding Smiles October 5, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Oh god I’m utterly useless! I just about keep on top of the food shopping and dishes, we don’t generally run out of underwear or clothes and that’s about as good as it gets! I hoover probably once a week and I do sweep the kitchen daily but dusting/polishing/windows/mopping/ironing barely stands a chance!xx

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby October 5, 2015 at 12:08 pm

      Hahaha I haven’t used an iron in years!! I wouldn’t even own one if it wasn’t for Liam. He irons his own stuff as and when but I just hang and dry stuff in a way that it doesn’t need it!

  • Reply Lucy Dorrington October 5, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Because of my spinal problems, housework takes me forever and I never seem to get to the end of anything! I keep saying I will get into a routine one day, but I never do! #AnythingGoes

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby October 5, 2015 at 2:36 pm

      Lol ‘one day’ – I use that a lot too

  • Reply Helen Gandy October 9, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    Honestly my plan for our new house is to get a cleaner….no joke, I need help with the housework it’s just too much to do haha! I seem to find these days by the time I have fully cleaned in the week I need to start again…. it is never ending, definitely a worst! Thanks for linking up, hope to see you again #bestandworst x

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby October 10, 2015 at 12:12 am

      I wish I could afford a cleaner. Life would be so much easier. I’m trying to just do it in little stages. A lot in one go is too much and then it just doesn’t happen!

  • Reply Blogging Mummy October 10, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Thank you for linking up with #anythinggoes having a tidy home with kids is near on impossible ha ha. I tidy all day long and by the end of the day it looks like messy. x

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby October 10, 2015 at 9:26 pm

      Hahaha THats Why I’m trying to do it in small doses. finding it much more manageable after my first week of the schedule.

  • Reply Mummy's Blog October 10, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    I’m the same, I do actually enjoy cleaning and I enjoy having a clean house even more (not that it ever happens lately!) But there’s so much clutter and nowhere to put things, it drives me crazy! X

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby October 10, 2015 at 9:30 pm

      Yeah we’ve just moved and have lost out on so much storage space, its crazy. Everything is everywhere!

  • Reply Sarah-Jane November 1, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    I’m the same huni … I write out charts and rota’s but i never stick to them cause college or work gets in the way and to be honest when i get home i just wanna chill out with Agent M … but needs must i guess lol x

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby November 1, 2015 at 11:21 pm

      Yeah, I’ve not stuck to it this week but hoping to get back on to it tomorrow once Dexter is back at preschool. Fingers crossed, the house is a tip!

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