Time spent doing housework

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Time spent doing housework
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Wed, 04-16-2003 - 7:18pm
Spin off from another thread that is getting very long.

How much time is really needed to keep a household running?

I don't know if I was terrible housekeeper and was doing less the other people or an outstanding housekeeper and just plain did it quicker. But I had no problem getting housework/lawnwork/laundry done during the day while DH was at work. Our weekends and evenings were pretty much free for both of us with the exception of meal prep and meal clean-up. The only time it was a problem was when I had a little one and could not do the lawn work without someone to watch then so then we did that evenings/weekends and immediately after giving birth and I was in the recovery stage.

That was the one thing that we both miss with me going back to work, we both have less free time now then we did then.

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Wed, 04-16-2003 - 7:27pm
I don't know... I'm a terrible housekeeper and I know it, so it takes me a little longer to do things than it would someone else.. but I still manage it. The only thing that gets me is the little one tends to run around behind me and make more messes! Comes with the territory though. ;) The only thing I wish I could make myself do more often is get all the dishes done at night afer dinner. Usually I'm so tired by that time I just leave them till morning.. and that's icky! Maybe I should start having dinner at 5 pm, and get it all over with! haha
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Wed, 04-16-2003 - 8:21pm
Well, dh and I manage with about an hour each a day of housework and having someone come in once a week to do the floors (wood and laminate and I'm too lazy to buff). The only thing I have trouble with is getting repairs done because they always do that "call us the night before and we'll tell you AM or PM" nonsense. I'm way overdue to have a plumber in here. I think every faucet in the house leaks. Now, I should note that I don't keep an emmaculate house, never did and never will. I did have a hard time getting the housework done when I SAH but that was because it took so little time that I kept putting it off to do other things that were more interesting. Then I'd end up running around for an hour before dh came home to get it done. Never did learn to just get up and spend that hour cleaning first thing in the morning so I could enjoy the rest of the day, lol. Having too much time on my hands is not a good thing.

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Wed, 04-16-2003 - 9:30pm
That's what I have to do. If I can manage to do 30 minutes of housework while the kids eat breakfast or immediately afterwards when they are still interested in seeing their toys again, my housework stays on schedule. But some days that newspaper screams to be read and I feel really lazy.

This morning I kicked butt and did a weeks worth of tasks in one morning. It was very tough and very disappointing because by the time dh gets home the kids have already trashed the house. There are cookie crumbs smushed into the carpet and spaghetti stains on the freshly mopped floor. As always, toys are everywhere.

My housework is never "done" although I am a sahm. However, I do not spend time in the evenings and weekends doing anything other than after-supper cleanup and the occasional load of laundry. Life is too short. If I don't do it during dh's workday, it just doesn't get done:)

Jill

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Wed, 04-16-2003 - 11:39pm
I think it depends on alot of things: what you consider as household chores, how many kids you have at home during the day, what your other responsibilities are, what activities your children participate in, whether you are even HOME, etc.

Because I have always done my household chores WITH my children, they tend to take longer. So cleaning the bathroom isn't a quick job, like it is when I'm by myself. A morning of running errands, if I were by myself might turn into a full day with the kiddos. And as my kids were not infants any longer, we were out and about quite a bit. As we have zoo passes and memberships to the local science museum, we were typically at one of those places one day each week. Then there is the one day a week spent with my great-grandmother, running errands for her, taking her to the dr, doing her laundry, or just spending time at her place. We also made it a habit to spend one morning a week at the library. Our library really has some incredible programs for toddlers during the mornings, and daughter has always been a book-aholic! Not to mention me!!! So we are talking about putting any housework into 2 1/2 days...though we always got things like picking up and making our beds done.

Thankfully, my husband doesn't see a SAHPs job as being 100% of the housework. All he cares about is that the kids are well taken care of, get to participate in things we find benefit in, and that the house is not a disaster. The rest we could tackle together.

And as I mentioned, I don't do yard work...never will. No excuses about it, I just won't do it. I don't care if my spouse were working 80 hours a week, I won't do it! He can ask me to hire someone to do it b/c he doesn't have time or whatever, but I won't do it! I think that MUST have been in my wedding vows somewhere! lol

Okmrsmommy-36, CPmom to DD-16 and DS-14

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Thu, 04-17-2003 - 1:45am
Well for me, there is more to running the house than just housework. Housework inside the house takes about 2 hrs a day on the average. Yardwork and lawn care (summer months only and I dont mow, but I have 2 big flower beds and a vegetable garden) another hour a day or so. Pet care takes up time-bathing dogs and clipping toenails, changing cat litter and guinea pig cage, cleaning up after dogs outside, average of about another hour. Then I manage all the finances-just finished up with the refinance of our rental property, and now working on the sale of our home and purchase of the new home, balance checkbooks every other day, bill paying, management and maintenance on apt building (I do all the rental footwork and such), I'd say I spend 1.5 hrs a day average on that (some days more, some days less). This year I homeschooled my 12yo, which takes up about 3 hours every morning. I run or go to the gym every day-gotta keep my body in shape and my fitness level up so I can take care of my family!-about an hour if you add in showering and all. And I go to school part time (10-15 hrs a week of school/study) and work 2 nights a week (12 hrs). I also have a 4yo and 12yo at home with me pretty much all day every day, and since I do consider them my main focus, we try to plan fun activities and such at least every other day (sometimes its a big event like the waterpark or zoo, sometimes its a walk, lol). Oh and I cook dinner every night (even the nights I work) and prepare breakfast and lunch for the kids every day-figure in another 45 minutes total for those.

I dont know where that puts me on the *timeline* of what gets done all day, but I dont ever seem to have quite enough hours in the day. Seems like I dont get much in the way of time to pursue my own interests-which some posters here seem to think is the primary benefit of sah. There is always something on my list of things to do, I am lucky if I get to sit down during the day, much less relax and watch Oprah, lol.

dj

Dj

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Thu, 04-17-2003 - 8:57am
i would put the going to school in pursuing my own interests catagory, if that was what i chose to do. instead i enjoy reading and gardening as my own interests that sah has given me the time to enjoy.

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Thu, 04-17-2003 - 9:00am
Well, I can't go to sleep unless the house is completely tidy and basically clean. Every night that means wiping down the sink and counters and sweeping/scrubbing the kitchen floor. That also usually means cleaning one or more bathrooms. One-two loads of laundry to do (not start to finish, usually). All of the boys' clothes are put away, and all of their toys are picked up. Plus taking out the trash/recycling, bills about twice a week, sometimes a mid-week run to the grocery store. Plus whatever's required to make/heat and clean up dinner, make snack for the boys sometimes. DH and I usually have one hour to one and a half hours of housework a day, I'd guess.

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Thu, 04-17-2003 - 11:37am
Well not really, because going to school is what will mean a higher paying job for me someday in the future, which will in turn mean a better financial picture for us retirement-wise and such. Sure, I enjoy going to school, but I'm not doing it for *fun* or to *pursue my own interests*. I'm doing it so I can get a degree and a job later.

dj

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Thu, 04-17-2003 - 12:20pm
I disagree.Dj is taking care of the house, the children, working pt and increasing her earning potential for when she goes back to the work force.That is different than not working to catch up on novels and plant some flowers.
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Thu, 04-17-2003 - 1:48pm
i spend anywhere from 1-3 hours a day keeping up with things around the house, and that is only monday-friday. weekends i dont do anything other than cooking, dishes and general pick up, which takes very little time. i still have tons of time to play with the kids, do my own thing and spend time with dh. certainly some days are more hectic than others but all in all most days are pretty laid back.

Jennie

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