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  1. Delicate and brutal says

    These are all great Shelly! I really like your perspective on having someone come in to clean so you can spend more time with your family and focus on more important things. Plus the addee bonus of helping someone earn money especially during this pandemic where jobs are more scarce. I think I might implement this where it’s a struggle for me to clean when I get really sick and I don’t want that burden to always fall on my husband.

    • Shelly DS says

      Thanks Amy ๐Ÿ˜Š You really should if itโ€™s something that wouldnโ€™t hurt your finances too much. That way he can also get a break. Although Iโ€™m sure he doesnโ€™t mind doing anything for you ๐Ÿ’–

      • Delicate and brutal says

        My G is a gem! โค I know he doesn’t mind picking up the slack but it would make me feel better knowing that he could do something he enjoys like running or reading instead of cleaning. Thankfully this is something I could find room in the budget for and it would be a win win all around ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Helen says

    Great tips!! I struggle to teach my 4 year old the use & return concept… to use one toy and then put it where it belongs in its home. It doesn’t always work and most of the time the toys remain on the floor. But I’m sure it will get better as she gets older

    • Shelly DS says

      Thanks for reading Helen๐Ÿ’– 4 years is quite young so she might take some time, but since youโ€™re starting early Iโ€™m sure it will stick with her in the long run. Good luck and happy cleaning! ๐Ÿฅด

    • Shelly DS says

      Thanks Cindy! Youโ€™re lucky you can forget. My toddler does this thing where she helps me pack away and then picks up whatever weโ€™ve cleared and drops in on the floor with a chuckle. The struggle is real! ๐Ÿ˜…

      • Cindy Georgakas says

        When they come home I remember… they still trail things all over. Now I just close the door or put their stuff away in neutral places so they have to hunt for them. This way they think a little bit more before slopping up the place. There is something primal about going home. I wish I had been more relaxed when they were young but the clutter drove me crazy! ๐Ÿ˜œ

  3. The Caffeinated Powerhouse says

    These are great. Dishwashers arenโ€™t the norm in Jamaica, and even when we are overseas, we tend to still hand wash for a lack of patience. I season meat bought as it being without being parcel like and season mean I might not cook it for weeks! I like to pick up after kiddo has has gone to bed too, but there are also some days when I decide Iโ€™m tired and that tomorrow is another day! โœŒ๐Ÿฝ Lol great post Shelly!

    • Shelly DS says

      Fair point ๐Ÿ˜… dishwashers are pretty standard where I am lol. We donโ€™t have to be perfect as parents, itโ€™s normal to be tired and push things over. The only problem is that it piles up ๐Ÿ˜ญ
      Thanks for reading Shandean ๐Ÿ’–

  4. Jay-lyn Doerksen says

    My mom taught me to clean as I go. I do not have a dishwasher well I do but it is me-I am the dishwasher. When I am cooking I also am washing any dishes left from during the day when T is home or putting away from the night before (I am lazy woman I let dishes drip dry) cleaning counters. As I dish out supper I usually am cleaning any pots. Frying pan is usually washed last with dinner dishes.
    I use to have set days (off) when I would do full on house clean.
    Floors.
    Bathroom.
    Laundry (big stuff like linen) I do laundry constantly
    Etc.
    Now I do it throughout the week so it is not a solid chunk of time missing and I do a little each day.
    Makes for feeling accomplished.
    Sorry running away at the mouth again. Have a great Sunday!
    Oh and T is learning slowly but learning how to help with the clean up.

  5. Michelle says

    Like you, I am not a fan of housework. I would gladly hire someone to do it but my husband is funny about having strangers in our house. I find it works best to just do a little bit every day. Except for laundry, I tend to leave that all for the weekend.

    • Shelly DS says

      You know, a stranger will not be one for too long once you get to know them! But I hear you.. As long as you have a routine that works for you, that’s all that matters. Laundry should just clean itself honestly!

  6. seankfletcher says

    Fabulous post! So, here’s the thing: I am super organised and very tidy (Yes, I am a reformed hoarder). However, my family (yes, Linda included) are not. The score: Family 4, Dad 0. Like all things, I chip away during the day and sometimes other members will pitch in too. I think though, now that I am resurrecting the gardens etc, I have full control and no one is game to mess with that ๐Ÿคฃ

  7. Renard Moreau says

    ๐Ÿ™‚ One of the best ways of conquering chores is to do twenty minutes of them at a time.

    Do keep in mind, that one of the reasons why people hate doing chores is because we find them cumbersome. Therefore, breaking them up into certain time frames makes them easier to accomplish (Well, at least, that works for me).

    Thanks for publishing an interesting topic, Shelly.

    • Shelly DS says

      Thatโ€™s actually a great idea! My only issue is that I get distracted easily and would forget to continue lol but Iโ€™m gonna try it anyway.
      Thanks for reading and welcome to GWS ๐Ÿ˜Š

  8. Ruchi says

    Hey Shelly, I loved your tips. I too have struggled with balancing all and yes even though I hated the rule of designated areas while growing up…now I have started limiting after my son spoiled our sofa for 2nd time.

    • Shelly DS says

      Haha it happens to the best of us! Kids will be kids though ๐Ÿ˜… are the rules working this time around?
      Thanks for reading, I appreciate it!

  9. Heidy Reynoso says

    I do like to season the chicken the day before we cook it. Taste so much better. The last tip, hire help, I didn’t even think about that until I read Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evens Hurts and she mentioned this as well, in knowing when to ask for help. Great post! Loved it.

    • Shelly DS says

      Thanks for reading and sharing Heidy. I also prefer to season the food a day or two before and let it sit in the marinade but when life gets busy, even making dinner becomes such a chore ๐Ÿ™ˆ you gotta share your secret. How do you cope?

    • Shelly DS says

      Yes, now that youโ€™ve mentioned it decluttering is a very important step to keeping things neat! Did you know that there are some people who actually enjoy this chore?! Crazy right?๐Ÿ˜‚
      Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ’–

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