View Full Version : Any House Cleaning Tips?

11-11-2013, 10:54 AM
If you are like me, I have no energy. Therefore, my house does not get clean, my husband disabled too. No family to help, because they either have their own health issues, long work hours, etc. I can't afford to hire someone to help. I am actually getting desperate about my dirty and very cluttered house. I don't even have anyone visit due to this, and that is not me. I love having people over, or at least I did in the past. Could anyone who will post tips here that can help? If I could ever get my house clean once I think I could manage after that, but it is going to take me slowly getting it back. Tell me there is hope.


11-11-2013, 05:38 PM
one step at a time ........

for me that means vacuum only 1 room, then have a break
i also purchased a steam mop, as it is easier to use than a conventional mop

also do not be afraid to ask for help.
you would be surprised how many friends would turn up for a "CLEANING PARTY"
we ran one for an elderly relation before. people came out of the woodwork to offer help, and bring food also.

just think outside of the square, and do not be ashamed of a physical condition.

11-12-2013, 06:10 AM
The way I used to do it was like Steve, one room per day. Then I would watch a TV program and get up and clean only during the commercials. That worked good too.

Good thoughts and hugs

11-12-2013, 06:32 PM
with me I find the beginning of the day is when I am most energetic I do what I can then. but I have learned to pace myself I will do a bit then sit for awhile . then resume. just do it in intervals. and I used to find it hard to ask for help but this disease makes us realize we need to compromise a bit. I am with a program here in Australia called home assist and they will come and will help me . do big clean twice a year and only charge 20 dollars for 2 hours work. also they help with any jobs like changing light bulbs and they put new shower head in for me. I do not know if they have anything in America. like this I get it through disability services.

11-12-2013, 10:06 PM
I always find I have more energy for things I'm excited about... Trust me - I am never excited about cleaning... A friend with MS & I figured out we can get things done as long as we're distracted by something positive. So we call each other & visit over the phone. We put it on speaker or use the headphones and we both clean and talk. They are very productive "visits" for us both. Mind you I'm not cleaning my whole house, but if I can do one room a week the house stays fairly acceptable. (This doesn't work all the time, but on days I'm feeling pretty good, there's a better chance.)

11-13-2013, 10:43 AM
I love and agree with everyone's tips! In my case, it is all about simplifying my life. Ok, especially my HUSBAND'S life. The man is what one may call a "pack rat". He has multiples of almost everything he owns and he likes having EVERYTHING in plain sight. So... I being raised by a hoarder has turned into a minimalist. He, being raised by a minimalist, has turned into a hoarder. Miminalism will prevail as it is soooo much easier to clean and keep clean a house that isn't filled with clutter. Counters can be wiped down in no time when they aren't covered with stuff. This is all my personal preference mind you. To each their own. I've just found that the less stuff I have, the easier it is to keep it all clean. Now to get my husband on board with that...

11-14-2013, 01:26 AM
I'm also a CoH child of hoarding. I can't do minimalism, and I have hoarding tendencies. My wonderful minimalist OCD partner keeps me in line most of the time. And it certainly does make things easier to clean, you know, not hoarding, lol.

11-14-2013, 02:34 AM
I enjoyed reading all of your posts. I want to get rid of a lot of stuff. I want to do with less too for the sake of cleaning easier. The only stuff I don't want rid of is my sewing/quilting things. I began sewing/quilting, but just a beginner after retiring early. It keeps me sane though. lol.... My husband is more of a computer electronic type. He won't get rid of a wire etc. So we are having to come to terms with both of our styles. We had our hot water heater go out, and have to get another. He is going to try to put it in, but has never done it. I needed so so badly to attempt to slowly paint our front porch. It is way past needing painting or we will have it go bad on us. I use to love to paint, but now it's a chore that will really try me, but now with the temperatures cold, I don't know if it is to late to paint a porch. I go later today to my pulmonologist. It's more of a follow up since my first visit with him. Hope all of you are doing ok. I hope we can keep these tips going about what helps us keep our house, and other things we have to deal with that has to be done.

11-14-2013, 05:32 AM
i used to enjoy keeping things ..... not a hoarder.
but with the many many moves i have had in my life, i realised .....
some things just don't get used.

if you have not used it in a year ...... do you really need it.
have a garage sale ...... and spoil yourself with the profits.

we taught our children the same idea, they bring out so many things every garage sale .....
just so they can spend the money.

just an idea to consider.

11-14-2013, 01:22 PM
I hoard books and movies. Now that I'm down here with my parents there is no room for me so I now go electronic with my ipad. But with other things I agree with Steve. I even got rid of some of my books on Amazon. As they were first editions I actually got 4 times what I paid. So sometimes hoard pays

11-24-2013, 11:15 AM
I have hoarding tendencies and my house used to be a nightmare... ESP with a hoarding husband!!! I had to become master organizer so I now have a very neat home and everything has its place. I help other people with nightmare houses get their homes under control. I start with the main rooms... Usually living room and then kitchen. Start with garbage and collect all all obvious garbage. Get bins and designate a bin for clothes, one for knick knacks, one for stuff that belongs in other rooms.... Get lots of bins and find themes. Practically empty the room except for furniture. Do a deep clean (vacuum, mop, etc) and then slowly bring things back only if there is an obvious home though (eg, all DVDs go in a certain drawer or shelf, all video equipment goes in the same spot, etc. ) often buying baskets or more shelving is needed!!! The stuff that you have left is in the nightmare bins to deal with and perhaps gets purged or belongs in a different room (which needs a specific home when u get to those rooms). When you are finished one room you will feel so good, then you can tackle another room eventually. You can also take stock of what you have this way and stop buying duplicates. The key is that everything has to have a very specific home... Even thumbtacks!!! With each item think to yourself , "if I were to look for this item, where would I logically look for it?". So, thumbtacks would be found in a home office area... Voila!!!

So, the homes I have done are TOTAL hoarder places.... I'm talking one time I had to shovel the contents from under her couch cushions it was that bad.... Toilet and tub were black with mould. Was brutal....but gratifying.... And I didn't get paid!!!!!! Haha!!!

Hopefully that helps!!!!


11-26-2013, 01:59 AM
Between lupus, homeschooling and a 5 year old daughter, my house is a constant battlefield of clutter. Best way I've found to keep neat is to get rid of stuff we don't need. Like Steve said, if you haven't used it in X amount of time, you probably don't need it. I'm a geek and I love to collect stuff. I've prioritized certain things over others and try not to bring new stuff in. (SO hard for a geek who loves everything!)

I also try to stay very on top of things -- put a shirt that can be used again immediately back on a hanger, PJs to be reused in a designated spot, etc. I also lowered my standards and set priorities. My friends that come over to the house know that I'm sick and that we homeschool so they're generally forgiving of clutter. I prefer less clutter but so long as the kitchen is clean (my #1 priority), I try not to worry too much.

11-29-2013, 10:12 PM
It helps reading all the posts. My biggest problem isn't what to do with it, but having any energy to do it.

12-01-2013, 11:20 AM
Oh!!!!!!! Ha!!!!!!! ....I soooooo hear ya!!!!!

I wait till I finally feel like it as I'm sure you do too! Can be scary the amount of time that goes by for that to happen though!!! I am so thankful for my mom who periodically comes and cleans like a banshee and then I do small things in between rests because I feel so guilty that she's working so hard!!!

12-01-2013, 02:48 PM
I work best under stress, I can clean like a mad woman when I know somebody is coming over. My husband helps, actually he does alot and I had to learn to overlook the round corners, the not so shiny looking microwave door ( he wipes it down, but doesn"t polish so it leaves streaks). I do appreciate his help but had to lower my standarts a little. But you know what it is clean and we don't live in filth, that is important. It took me a while to see that, but I am greatful to have a hubby that not only pitches in but does most of the cleaning. God, I LOVE HIM.


01-12-2014, 03:58 AM
I was glad to go back over this thread, and read it again. I keep trying to work on this. Haven't made a lot of progress yet, but I won't ever give up.

01-22-2014, 08:22 AM
I find that I have to get rid of the clutter first before I can tackle the housework. I give nonclothes items to thrift stores, neighbors, friends, etc. As far as clothes are concerned, I get store credit from a consignment shop. If I unload clothes I don't wear, don't like, or don't fit anymore, I might, in exchange, pick out 2 or 3 things, I can use for the 10 or 15 clothing items I get credit for. I clean my floors with a Wet Swifter. It seems to work pretty well on my floors, and saves me time and energy. Like others I do a little at a time. Take frequent breaks. Run errands, outside of the home, then return and try to finish what is left to do in the cleaning department. Prioritizing is very important. I too, can't do it all. My boyfriend is no help as he is busy working full time and going to school at night. I am retired.

01-22-2014, 05:32 PM
I have a friend who has a great way of tidying up.

She has a basket (square laundry basket type) for each room. When she goes to clean she grabs the baskets and sets them in the first room. Anything she finds for another room she tosses in the basket for that room. (I think this could be done easier with one of those rolling stand of baskets you can get at any discount store). She then puts the baskets in each other and moves to the next room doing the same thing. Anything she found from the first room that goes in the 2nd she puts away. She moves through her whole house this way. If she gets to a point she can't do more then she places the baskets in the room they belong in so she can put those things away after resting.

It works well for her