Housework Got You Down?

I live in a good sized house with my sister and an assortment of pets. It is so hard to keep it clean. This morning I got up and sneezed and sneezed to the point that I had to go out and get some allergy pills and some nasal spray. Mom came over and helped me clean a bit. Sometimes I hire a teenager to help me out, as well. However, I am finding it harder and harder to keep up with the housework. Having lots of animals is in a way as difficult has having lots of children. I am constantly vacuuming up fur, vomit, cleaning litterboxes, and feeding. My sister helps out a little, very little. I really need a system. Anyone else have a houseful of animals?
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I live in a good sized house with my sister and an assortment of pets. It is so hard to keep it clean. This morning I got up and sneezed and sneezed to the point that I had to go out and get some allergy pills and some nasal spray. Mom came over and helped me clean a bit. Sometimes I hire a teenager to help me out, as well. However, I am finding it harder and harder to keep up with the housework. Having lots of animals is in a way as difficult has having lots of children. I am constantly vacuuming up fur, vomit, cleaning litterboxes, and feeding. My sister helps out a little, very little. I really need a system. Anyone else have a houseful of animals?
Originally Posted by Noelle1966
I have a dog and he is messy! The trick for keeping my carpet clean is using a broom to sweep over it after I vacuum. I am always amazed at the amount of hair that I sweep up, from my dog and my own hair. The first time I did this, I swear, the size of the hairball was the size of a volleyball!
OMGosh, sometimes my dustbunnies could equal another animal. I clean every day, but it is just too much house for one person to clean.
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I have 3 dogs, 3 cats, and a toddler. I just do certain things on certain days. Like Tuesday is bathroom day, wed is floor cleaning day, and thursday is kitchen cleaning day. I get off track sometimes because I also have larger projects to work on (like painting my kitchen cabinets), but for the most part, I try to stick with it. It's been a lot easier since my parents got me a Roomba for Christmas, because now I just ran it every other day or so and I don't have to sweep anymore. I still have to mop though.
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I've learned to live with things a little messy. I vacuum when I can no longer stand it, or when someone is coming over, but they have to be pretty important for me to break out the vacuum.
I am a NEAT freak and it's SO hard with kids, pets and a DH who is a MESSY. It gets me down too it's just constant cleaning of fur, vomit, cat litter, pet hair, my hair, dishes, crumbs, sand, snow, etc. etc.

Sorry, I don't have a system some days it gets to me more than others. Yesterday I did a major cleaning and it already looks like it needs to be done again.... UGH! You're not alone it's hard.
I have 3 dogs, 3 cats, and a toddler. I just do certain things on certain days. Like Tuesday is bathroom day, wed is floor cleaning day, and thursday is kitchen cleaning day. I get off track sometimes because I also have larger projects to work on (like painting my kitchen cabinets), but for the most part, I try to stick with it. It's been a lot easier since my parents got me a Roomba for Christmas, because now I just ran it every other day or so and I don't have to sweep anymore. I still have to mop though.
Originally Posted by Kaia

Is the roomba good? I have always wondered about one. I have both ceramic and vinyl floors throughout my house - no carpet. I also have a Hoover machine that washes the floors.
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Why not hire a cleaning service? My boyfriend and I have our house cleaned every other week and it only costs about $100 for them to clean our 3BR/2BA house from top to bottom. It would take me all day to get it looking even half as clean so it's definitely worth it. I get my house cleaned on a Friday so I can enjoy it on the weekend.

This is the cleaning service we use...
http://www.maids.com/
Luckily, my apartment is incredibly tiny, so it's not hard to maintain. However, my boyfriend is allergic to my cat - since I don't plan on parting with either of them, that means putting in an extra effort on my part. Even though my boyfriend and I don't live together, I still make sure the place is dander and fur free when he is here. It helps that I'm already a clean freak, so once he and I started seeing each other, I just had to add a few more things to my cleaning routine.

I give my cat a dander bath once a week - they sell stuff at Petco that's just a sponge bath sort of thing - you wet it on a washcloth and rub it over their fur, it's not a real "bath" bath. I also brush him every night and I put fish oil capsules in his food. This all helps to keep the dander down, which is key.

Lint brushes are a must, change your vacuum filter (and make sure it's a HEPA filter) when needed, and if you can steam your rugs or carpets, so much the better. I vaccum first, then steam - I got a cheap steamer on Amazon.com for $69 bucks - worth every penny, and great for getting dander out of the rugs.

In addition to dusting, make sure you do the baseboards (you can do that quickly with a broom), and wet mop any hardwood or tile floors. If you have a dust-ruffle on your bed, change that out when you change your sheets - pets like to scoot under the bed, which means they brush against the dust ruffle as they go back and forth.

I know it sounds like a lot, and even in my teensy little place, I have to devote a few hours to everything, but it's worth it. My boyfriend actually does really love my cat, so when he comes over, he can actually spend time with his "buddy". He does pretty well - once he spent most of the day here and didn't even sneeze, so the extra effort really helps. The one time I slacked off a little and didn't do a few of the extras, it was really noticeable - he sneezed his head off after only 45 minutes.

Also, even though I don't have one yet, I heard that air purifiers work really well too at getting rid of the dander. Here's a link that I found that really helped me get this place nearly allergy free.:

http://cats.about.com/od/allergiesan...ergictocat.htm

Some of the people on there are allergic to cats, but they won't part with their pets, and they swear by the tips on there. Good luck!
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Noelle, maybe you could set up a few pet-free areas. Do your animals have the run of the house? You could allow them into most rooms, but cordone one or two bedrooms or living areas off with baby gates. That way you have a clean and hair-free space you can use to preserve your sanity. You might also look into getting some air purifiers to catch some of that dander.
Also, even though I don't have one yet, I heard that air purifiers work really well too at getting rid of the dander.
Originally Posted by LisaF1163
Whoops, didn't see this before I posted. I agree that air purifiers can be very helpful.
The animals have the run of the house. There are times that I will close my bedroom door so that I won't have any visitors in my bedroom. My sister has the other bedroom and I just shut her door because I don't want to look at the mess. It's her business. My spare bedroom houses two ferrets and a handicapped 3 legged cat. I prefer to keep most of the cats on my backporch, which I clean every other day. I do have two air purifiers in the house. I've had them for a long time and they work pretty well, but I think that they have seen better days. I am thinking of getting some more. It will sound crazy, but I keep one in my bedroom just because I can't sleep without the "hum" of it.
3A. I like Wella Kolestral. I also like a lot of products made by Nexxus.
Why not hire a cleaning service? My boyfriend and I have our house cleaned every other week and it only costs about $100 for them to clean our 3BR/2BA house from top to bottom. It would take me all day to get it looking even half as clean so it's definitely worth it. I get my house cleaned on a Friday so I can enjoy it on the weekend.

This is the cleaning service we use...
http://www.maids.com/
Originally Posted by tmmy_cat
I agree. If you and your sister chipped in, it would be pretty reasonable. The best money I ever spent was when I had someone come in every couple weeks to clean for us. I've been thinking I need to find a new housecleaner.
Is the roomba good? I have always wondered about one. I have both ceramic and vinyl floors throughout my house - no carpet. I also have a Hoover machine that washes the floors.
Originally Posted by Noelle1966
I have tile and laminate wood, with only one area rug. It works well on all the surfaces. I've heard scuba, the one that mops, also works very well, but that one's more expensive.
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This is going to sound dead embarassing - I had a lady who was just starting out with a cleaning business. She did a great job of cleaning my house. Things would sparkle. Her cleaning business grew larger and she hired more people and got a bit more expensive. One day she cleaned my house and left a note for me that she and her cleaning partner could no longer breathe in my house. However, she would be back in two weeks to finish the job. She said that she hoped that there was no hard feelings. Ever since then, I've been really down. I felt as if my house was too much for her.
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I have 5 dogs and 3 cats (2 kids and DH also). The roomba has made my life so much easier. I have the one that is specifically for pet hair. Works pretty great. If I run it everyday, I can get by with manually sweeping once a week to get the spots it can't reach.

For me, I had to enlist the rest of my family to help with the animal chores. I know that won't help you.

I would recommend doing a little everyday. Saving one day a week (or whatever) makes it a big job and harder to do. It's amazing what you can do in 15 minutes if you move fast.

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It's Felidae Chicken Meal & Rice cat food. The stuff is amazing. I have NO cat box smell - except the actual litter smell. Of all the premium brands I have ever fed, this one is the cat's meow!!
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Mom got me a Hoover floor cleaner for Christmas. It is quite cool. I use it on all of my ceramic tile. I have ceramic tile on my backporch and it has made it so much easier to clean than the Swiffer wet jet. However, housekeeping is an ongoing job.
3A. I like Wella Kolestral. I also like a lot of products made by Nexxus.
This is going to sound dead embarassing - I had a lady who was just starting out with a cleaning business. She did a great job of cleaning my house. Things would sparkle. Her cleaning business grew larger and she hired more people and got a bit more expensive. One day she cleaned my house and left a note for me that she and her cleaning partner could no longer breathe in my house. However, she would be back in two weeks to finish the job. She said that she hoped that there was no hard feelings. Ever since then, I've been really down. I felt as if my house was too much for her.
Originally Posted by Noelle1966
What did she mean when she said she could no longer breathe in your house?
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I feel overwhelmed a lot because there's grime everywhere I turn even when I've just done a major cleaning. Where does it come from?
PartyHair - I don't know. However, she offered to come back two weeks later to finish the job. I didn't bother to leave a key for her. I figured, if she can't breathe one time in the house, why come back and not breathe again?
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