Jump to content

Renos and Housework


  • Please log in to reply
74 replies to this topic

#1 purpleblackqueen

Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:33 PM

I am after advice from people that have been through the renos before moving in stuff.

How do you keep on top of housework whilst renovating and aswell as packing, babysitting, cleaning

Next week will be very chaotic, with renos from 8.45am- between 2.30-7.30pm each day and weekend I am having my nephew from 8am-8pm both days.

Agent is also bring people through which I have agreed to with minimum 24 hours notice



#2 ~iMum~

Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:43 PM

I wouldn't bother, only do the bare basics.

#3 FiveAus

Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:45 PM

You just do the best you can. We always seem to be in the middle of renos and it's just a matter of doing what you normally do, plus an awful lot of dusting!

#4 Lyra

Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:47 PM

Alcohol. Lots of alcohol


Seriously, we are renovating and I have a SN son (lots of appointments) I work some days (never know when), do volunteer work at my daughter's school. TBH I think you really need to let things slide and be realistic in your goals. I should have vacced and mopped and done bathrooms today along with a couple of loads of washing and stripping and making beds. All I got done was one load of washing, stripping and making beds and getting the wallpaper off one entire wall. I had hoped to achieve more but this was all I could manage

#5 TillyTake2

Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:58 PM

It's hard! I hate renos as even when the house is "clean" it still looks messy. Just do the bare minimum. If possible pack in one room so that things stay somewhat contained.

#6 purpleblackqueen

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:01 PM

I think people maybe missing the point, I am trying to keep where we are renting clean, and pack and do final clean etc, whilst reno'ing the house we are moving into.




#7 ~iMum~

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:03 PM

Pay someone?

#8 Lyra

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:07 PM

QUOTE (purpleblackqueen @ 17/11/2012, 08:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think people maybe missing the point, I am trying to keep where we are renting clean, and pack and do final clean etc, whilst reno'ing the house we are moving into.



No, I am not. Be realistic in your goals and let things slide

If I were you I would pack 90% of the house as my main priority. Put in storage or a spare room or whatever and that takes away most of your clutter and tidying. It will also give an aura of 'clean' as well

#9 Ianthe

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:09 PM

Are you doing the reno's yourself? Because if you are the house you are currently living in shouldn't get too dirty if you are barely going to be there. If you are going to be gone all day make sure you wash and hang out a load of washing before you leave for the day and leave the kitchen tidy. When you get home commit to packing a certain amount of stuff. Don't sweat the housework in the interim.

Do the final clean just before you leave the house.

#10 purpleblackqueen

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:09 PM

QUOTE (whathousework? @ 17/11/2012, 08:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Pay someone?


On the pension????

#11 ~iMum~

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:11 PM

You asked for suggestions. I gave one.

#12 purpleblackqueen

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:12 PM

QUOTE (Lyra @ 17/11/2012, 08:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
No, I am not. Be realistic in your goals and let things slide

If I were you I would pack 90% of the house as my main priority. Put in storage or a spare room or whatever and that takes away most of your clutter and tidying. It will also give an aura of 'clean' as well


I have my small dining room and thats it to store boxes I will be packing around reno's, babysitting my nephew on weekend,

QUOTE (Ianthe @ 17/11/2012, 08:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Are you doing the reno's yourself? Because if you are the house you are currently living in shouldn't get too dirty if you are barely going to be there. If you are going to be gone all day make sure you wash and hang out a load of washing before you leave for the day and leave the kitchen tidy. When you get home commit to packing a certain amount of stuff. Don't sweat the housework in the interim.

Do the final clean just before you leave the house.


Yes, with the help of my SIL and BIL.

Edited by purpleblackqueen, 17 November 2012 - 07:14 PM.


#13 Lyra

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:12 PM

Another thought is that although the RE is bringing people through you are in a rental (is that right?) which is not the same as keeping it hellishly tidy as if you were trying to sell

#14 TillyTake2

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:16 PM

Oh ok, yes, I misunderstood.

Well in that case it's probably actually a bit easier.

For the packing I'd section off any areas of the house that I could, any spare rooms, seperate loungeroom etc, more kids into the same room for the next few weeks etc. Then I'd pabl one room at a time. Pack everthing that you wouldn't take on holiday, leaving just one pot, one pan & one set of cutlery in the kitchen. The mistake I've made in the past is leaving things out because "I might need them". It's true that you might use them but most things you CAN live without for a few weeks. Be ruthless. Pack EVERYTHING!!

Re the cleaning. Just clean stuff as you pack it & keep the house generally vacuumed & a quick wipe over. Do a major clean once it's empty (probably allow 6-8 hours for this).

#15 purpleblackqueen

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:16 PM

QUOTE (Lyra @ 17/11/2012, 08:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Another thought is that although the RE is bringing people through you are in a rental (is that right?) which is not the same as keeping it hellishly tidy as if you were trying to sell


Yes I am renting, they expect neat, tidy, clean, lawns done etc.

#16 casime

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:21 PM

Spend less time on the internet and writing lists of what needs to be done, and just do it?

#17 Lyra

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:22 PM

QUOTE (purpleblackqueen @ 17/11/2012, 08:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yes I am renting, they expect neat, tidy, clean, lawns done etc.



lawns only need to be done every couple of weeks. Do that tomorrow and get it out of the way!

I agree with TillyTakeTwo: pack as if going on holiday. The less that is out the less that you have to pack later and clean now. Also, I would be telling my kids that if they leave anything out that belongs to them I will put in a box and they don't get it back until we move. That will encourage them to tidy stuff up, and keep their rooms clean. If you put it in a box there is one less thing cluttering the house

But really, don't sweat it. If they are going to give you 24 hours notice don't do a thing until you have to!

#18 LambChop

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:26 PM

Why would you bother cleaning mid-move ?  You just let it slide whilst packing do a  final clean up of the rental once you've moved out....

#19 purpleblackqueen

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:27 PM

QUOTE (Lyra @ 17/11/2012, 08:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
lawns only need to be done every couple of weeks. Do that tomorrow and get it out of the way!

I agree with TillyTakeTwo: pack as if going on holiday. The less that is out the less that you have to pack later and clean now. Also, I would be telling my kids that if they leave anything out that belongs to them I will put in a box and they don't get it back until we move. That will encourage them to tidy stuff up, and keep their rooms clean. If you put it in a box there is one less thing cluttering the house

But really, don't sweat it. If they are going to give you 24 hours notice don't do a thing until you have to!



Hopefully I will get the lawns done tomrrow although we are at a Christening most of the day tomorrow (which was scheduled in months ago


#20 Lyra

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:29 PM

QUOTE (purpleblackqueen @ 17/11/2012, 08:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hopefully I will get the lawns done tomrrow although we are at a Christening most of the day tomorrow (which was scheduled in months ago


Lawns don't take long. Says she who refuses to do it LOL What time is the Christening? If it were midday ish I would get up and do the lawns at 9am and then do shower etc etc. If it's earlier than that do it around 5ish and have a nice easy dinner of chicken and chips and salads

#21 Chocolate Addict

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:35 PM

QUOTE (purpleblackqueen @ 17/11/2012, 07:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think people maybe missing the point, I am trying to keep where we are renting clean, and pack and do final clean etc, whilst reno'ing the house we are moving into.

How can we miss a point when you didn't mention it in your OP? Not everyone reads everything you post, nor remember it. wink.gif

Lawns don't take long at all. We have a large lawn and it takes 45 minutes maximum to move and whipper snip.

If your house you are currently in is in the middle of being packed up there can't be much housework to do except dust/vacuum, surely?



#22 purpleblackqueen

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:37 PM

QUOTE (Lyra @ 17/11/2012, 08:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Lawns don't take long. Says she who refuses to do it LOL What time is the Christening? If it were midday ish I would get up and do the lawns at 9am and then do shower etc etc. If it's earlier than that do it around 5ish and have a nice easy dinner of chicken and chips and salads



We are leaving at 9.30am- as I need to do a drive by on the property first and then drive 20mins to MIL's when are then going another 30 mins with them. we wont be back until about 4pm- I am doing tacos for dinner

#23 purpleblackqueen

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:38 PM

QUOTE (Chocolate Addict @ 17/11/2012, 08:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How can we miss a point when you didn't mention it in your OP? Not everyone reads everything you post, nor remember it. wink.gif

Lawns don't take long at all. We have a large lawn and it takes 45 minutes maximum to move and whipper snip.

If your house you are currently in is in the middle of being packed up there can't be much housework to do except dust/vacuum, surely?


Sorry but it is very clear in the OP.

#24 Lyra

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:39 PM

QUOTE (purpleblackqueen @ 17/11/2012, 08:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We are leaving at 9.30am- as I need to do a drive by on the property first and then drive 20mins to MIL's when are then going another 30 mins with them. we wont be back until about 4pm- I am doing tacos for dinner


do tacos Monday night. 4.30 do lawns and then do chicken and chips or order in a pizza. One night for take away won't blow the budget

edited because I wrote something confusing LOL

Edited by Lyra, 17 November 2012 - 07:41 PM.


#25 ~THE~MAGICIAN~

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:46 PM

Who are you going to be babysitting??






0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Exclusive Black Friday Sale!

Get over 40% off selected products, including prams, baby carriers, cloth nappies, sleeping bags and much more! 24 hours only, on May 6 - register now for your special code.

Kelly Clarkson shares first photos of son

Kelly Clarkson has shown off the first photos of her son, Remington Alexander Blackstock.

5 childbirth myths that need to be busted

Birth is an unpredictable, mysterious process that intrigues us all, and there is a lot of misinformation out there.

Mum of three fatally shot by toddler while driving

A US mother has been shot by her toddler while driving on a highway in Wisconsin.

All you need is one minute to work out

The seven-minute-work out is old news. Research shows the effectiveness of going hell-for-leather for just one minute.

Pregnant women needed to join diabetes study

Pregnant woman in country Australia will help Adelaide researchers figure out why cases of type 1 diabetes have doubled over the past two decades.

Just announced: the Mountain Buggy Unirider

It's the perfect solution to combat those toddler meltdowns when they no longer want to be in a pram but can't walk long distances.

Authorities euthanise dog that fatally bit a newborn baby

A pit bull mix that fatally bit a 3-day-old infant last week has been euthanised, authorities said.

The push for Medicare to fund lactation consultants

While meeting with a lactation consultant can make an enormous difference to a new mother, it's not a service that is available through the public health system.

Why it's perfectly natural to dislike other people's children

Members of a popular forum are fiercely debating whether it is acceptable to dislike a friend's child.

Woman gives birth on plane, names baby after airline

A pregnant woman who unexpectedly gave birth on a flight has named her new baby after the airline, Jetstar.

Heartwarming photos show the joy of adoption after foster care

Children living in foster care can feel like their future is less than clear. But that uncertainty disappears the day they are adopted by their "forever family" 

'Oh my god, it's a baby!' Mum shocked to give birth

When the cramps started to kick in, Klara Dollan just assumed a painful period was starting.

Mum's Facebook plea: 'Help me find my daughter's father'

Kerryn has a unusual present planned for daughter Imi's 13th birthday celebrations - she hopes to be able to be able to give the soon-to-be the teenager her first ever photo of her dad.

Is it possible for your house to be too clean?

Our houses are cleaner than ever before. But how clean is too clean? Could a sterile home be putting your family's health at risk?

Millions of Monkeys: puzzles that grow with your toddler

Here's a puzzle that grows with them; the Puzzle Grow Pack by Millions of Monkeys.

Baby names from Britpop

If you grew up in the 90s you might want to look to the genre of Britpop music for baby name inspiration.

What to eat and drink when you have gastro

When you catch a bug that causes acute infectious gastroenteritis (gastro), your stomach and intestinal tract become inflamed, causing diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and pain. The last thing you probably feel like doing is eating.

'To this day, I owe her my life'

Would I have survived if I hadn't crossed that street?

Why baby Sonny needs you to vaccinate your children

Caitlin is a firm believer in the importance of immunisation to protect children from harmful and deadly diseases.

Five-year-old's photo captures beauty of motherhood

There is no make-up or special outfits and hairdos, but the five-year-old boy who took this picture captured the essence of motherhood as well as any professional photographer.

Babies know whether you are naughty or nice

Studies have shown that infants in the first months of life try to avoid dealing with social wrongdoers - for example, sharing less with them and helping them less - and they expect others to, too.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

The babies who are one in 70 million

Bethani Webb was excited to find out she was pregnant, but the first time mum did not realise she was carrying four babies not one.

Exclusive Black Friday Sale!

Get over 40% off selected products, including prams, baby carriers, cloth nappies, sleeping bags and much more! 24 hours only, on May 6 - register now for your special code.

Cafe offers breastfeeding mums a free cup of tea

A Sydney cafe is offering breastfeeding mums free cups of tea in a bid to show support for the right of women to nurse their babies wherever they choose.

To snip or not to snip? When the decision is not clear cut

Jamie Oliver, who considered a vasectomy, is to be a father again. A fellow dad reflects on his own decision 11 years ago

Doctors stunned by rare twins born almost six weeks apart

To everyone's surprise, Kristen Miller "kept doing better each day", keeping her second baby safe.

Baby book ideas for modern parents

Before my son was born I was given a lovely baby book full of blank pages waiting to be filled with weights and heights and first words.

The adorable smile of a baby seeing his mum clearly for the first time

There is no doubt seeing their child smile for the first time is an unforgettable moment for parents everywhere.

Mum tells how toddler 'nearly hung himself' in cot mishap

When Alison Johnson put her 18-month-old Caleb down for a nap, she had no reason to believe her son was in any danger.

Babies are still switched at birth? Yes, it can happen

All my panic and tears aside, my biggest question looking back is about the kind of security measures used in the maternity ward.

Doctors slammed for taking selfie with newborn

Everyone who visits a mum in hospital in the days following childbirth wants to get a photo with the new baby.

ergoPouch Twosie Sleepsuit for winter breastfeeding

Finally, there's a way to keep warm while breastfeeding through winter.

Health check: How long does sex 'normally' last?

What to do with this information? My advice would be to try not to think about it during the throes of passion.

When breastfeeding sucks: fixing common problems

From niplash to tight boobs, biting to milk supply issues, Pinky McKay looks at common breastfeeding issues and how to solve them.

10 things I've learnt in my first six months with twins

Six months on we're all still alive, and the more we get to know each other the easier the days become.

Mum's loving kiss leaves baby fighting for life

Kirsty Carrington thought nothing of giving her newborn son a kiss, little did she know it would leave the baby fighting for life.

When doing chores is your new 'me time'

After children, 'me time' looks a little different.

Get going: 14 travel strollers for families on the move

A stroller can make or break travelling with a baby or toddler. Here are 15 great single travel stroller options.

10 ways toddlers are terrific

It always pays to remind yourself of how terrific toddlers can be - they're little like this for such a short time

 

ENTER NOW

Do your kids love bananas?

This is the comp for you! We have $800 worth of Myer gift cards and boxes of Australian Bananas to be won. Entry is simple: just post a pic of your little one enjoying a banana in the comments of the FB post to enter.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.