So, if housework stresses us out, how can we make it easier?

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So, if housework stresses us out, how can we make it easier?
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Wed, 03-16-2011 - 1:11pm

Maybe the tips in this article will help: Spring Cleaning Tips

I'd like to know though, what do you do to make keeping your house clean and organized easier?

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I try to follow the FlyLady tips. I just did a major cleaning of the dining room on Saturday and just about lost my mind after finding clothes on the floor in there this morning. Teens!

Once I clean an area, I try to make sure that it doesn't get invaded by the kids or the husband. When I cleaned out the laundry room I posted rules and have actually followed through on them. My son was extremely upset when he couldn't find his tennis shoes and I stated to him, "The rules are posted. Leaving your shoes in here without putting them on the shoe rack is no acceptable."
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It helps to have a place for everything and always put things in their place.

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Maybe I need to post rules and stick to the consequences of not following through.

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You and me, both. Mine got yelled at this morning because I found his jacket on the dining room floor.
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What a great idea with sheet sets! I might have to start dong that with my son's sheets, might help to keep them more organized.

I don't have a problem putting things where they belong, but I swear my kids are the most unorganized people on the planet! lol

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No matter how many times I organize my son, it never seems to work.

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LOL, Karen... I am laughing with you not at you, and only because I can totally relate!

How do you manage to get him to keep his room clean? My DD thinks cleaning is shoving everything she owns under the bed or in the closet.

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Ok... you just answered my question, I think. LOL

ADHD.... it can really stink at times, especially when it comes to wanting to walk across your child's bedroom without being afraid you might step on a thumbtack, her glasses or the spoon she used the other night and didn't take back to the kitchen. And, then there are the school concerns....

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I can honestly say that lately I've resorted to just shutting the door because I can't stand it. Now if he wants to go visit a friend or do something, then I'll pull out the "You can go, after you clean your room to MY specifications."

What's really sad is that he'll ask me to come in talk to him before he falls asleep and I'll tell him, I need a clean trail that I can follow because otherwise I'm not coming in.

I'll never forget when he thought that he lost his DS but he knew it was in the house. He thought that I had confiscated it again. LOL I cleaned his room and found it under the bed. He, too, thinks that under the bed is a good place to put things. But when I explained that cleaning his room means under the bed and other furniture, he has been much better about not putting the stuff under there.
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krbh2001 wrote:
I can honestly say that lately I've resorted to just shutting the door because I can't stand it. Now if he wants to go visit a friend or do something, then I'll pull out the "You can go, after you clean your room to MY specifications."

I've resorted to saying the same thing to DD the last few weeks.... she must not want to see her friends or do whatever it is very badly though, because little to no improvement has been made.

Too funny about the lost DS... my little guy lost the charger to his iPod not long ago.

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