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#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??






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