Have a massive load of washing that needs to be done? Rainy day? Do you really want to spend hours and hours loading things in and out of the dryer and then ironing out all the creases? No. Save the washing for a non-rainy day. You hide that basket! Stick it under the stairs out of the way. No one will ever know!
|Hide it, quick!|
Please don't iron everything. Socks, towels, underwear - please don't. There are far more fun and exciting things to be doing with your life. Just shake and fold, people. Shake and fold.
I only do shirts and the kids stuff. Them's the rules.
One thing I have noticed now we have three kids, is the amount of dust produced. Now I can't get out of this one - I have an allergy to dust it makes me sneeze and freak out. So I have to do this. My best tip here is to pop a bit of Lenor or Comfort or whatever on to your duster, and wipe everywhere. The place will smell amazing and it might fool you into thinking that all the clothes are clean too...
Prepare most things early on. Stick the spuds in the pan, marinate your meat or whatever. Don't spend HOURS at the cooker at night. You'll be fed up and your food won't taste nice because you will have been looking at it all day. Do it in short bursts.
DO NOT clean as you go. This is silly. Just let the little buggers mess up all day, and then just chuck it all in the toy box when they are in bed. I have spent many a day chucking toys back only for them to be brought out again two minutes later. It's infuriating. I found myself saying "Alice what are you doing - I've just put that away!" It's ridiculous, let them play.
|The toy 'AREA'|
Bleach. Kitchen roll. Rubber gloves. Just do it. Use those little see-through gloves so you can bin them afterwards.
* The Kids
Now the kids are bound to be mucky pups by the afternoon. Eating, painting, drawing, messing generally just makes them grotty. Rosie had bits of Wotsits in her hair today. So...make sure you have a really cute coat and hat set. Just cover up the mess for the afternoon school run - they'll be getting bathed shortly after anyway. Don't change them again unless you're going somewhere special. Think of the washing basket!!!
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