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Old 07-05-2013, 06:50 PM   #1
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My kids are home all day a lot more often lately. They're 5.5 and 1.5, and they make a lot of messes and quickly. We're working on the "pick up one thing before you go to the next" rule in the meantime I do a lot of the picking up.

Do other mamas and papas clean up every mess as it occurs, let a few happen and then clean, or let them be messy all day then clean up everything once at the end of the day? It's slightly frustrating cleaning up one set of toys for them to come back and take them out again a few hours later, but I like my house as chaos-free as possible so I clean up when I notice floor space is disappearing.

We're working really hard on cleaning our own messes (the 1.5 year old) and cleaning even if it isn't your mess (the 5.5 year old) but we're expecting baby #3 soon so I'd like to get a handle on my messes while I still can..

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Old 07-05-2013, 07:09 PM   #2
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I manage the chaos until the end of the day.
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:15 PM   #3
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We clean up at intervals throughout the day. Kind of before the next thing. As in, let's have a snack, let's clean up first. Want to go outside? Let's clean up. Inside? Clean up the toys. The last thing I want to do at the end of the day is follow the path of chaos, picking up toys.
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Re: Clean up as you go or just once?

It really depends. For the most part we are a destroy until dinner and then do a quick clean up type of family that's when it comes to toys or projects my girls are working on. When it comes to meals or anything else we clean as we go.

Eta- I don't clean up after their toys or crafts, they either put it all away at the end of the day or it goes in the garbage/ donate.
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:21 PM   #5
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We do it every which way depending on how we're feeling that day. I've discovered all I have to do to get my girls to play nicely is clean up their room so they can trash it together!
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Re: Clean up as you go or just once?

I do like you do. Clean as we go. I can't stand stepping over stuff or tripping on anything. I usually have a baby of some sort in my arms so I like a clear path.
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I feel like I'm cleaning allll day
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:06 PM   #8
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We clean throughout the day. The kitchen is cleaned after every meal. Kids stuff is just whenever I get tired of looking at stuff they have left out, lol! We also do a quick pick up before we leave the house.

We do all major cleaning (mop, vacuum, bathrooms, ect...) during our "power hour" every Saturday.
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They clean before they eat lunch and before bed. Other than that I don't care what kind of mess they make.
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Re: Clean up as you go or just once?

i clean whenever i can throughout the day, and the kids help. we go room by room and clean it for 10 minutes each. not a ton, but it definitely helps. once a week we deep clean each room.
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