Big Families :: “How Do You Do It?” {Cleaning}

I have a small group of friends in the blogosphere who have large families and are asked the same question I am so often – “how do you do it?” Some of us decided to team up and start a weekly series on our blogs addressing topics such as mealtime, homework, chores, sports, and any other topics about which you may be curious. In fact, if you want to know about how we all do any particular thing, please let me know!

How do you do it? – cleaning tips
“How do you do it?” Series hosted by Lolli from Better in Bulk, Lisa from Crazy Adventures in Parenting, Christine from From Dates to Diapers, Kadi from Our Seven Seeds, and Kate from The Guavalicious Life. Join us each week for more tips from moms of big families!

This week we are tackling the topic of cleaning, so I’m about to reveal my secret…

Over three years ago I entered a video contest to try to win maid service for a year. I pled my case by showing the chaos that my house was in. Toys scattered about, dishes in the sink and on the counters, and bathrooms that were used regularly by FIVE little men and one big one. Although, I didn’t win, I discovered something – I couldn’t do it on my own.

With six little ones, I just didn’t have the time or energy to do much more that what was necessary to make our home livable. Sure, my kids helped straighten up the house before Daddy walked in the door each evening, but I felt like I was drowning in dishes, laundry, and Cheerios. So, I hired a cleaning service to come in once a month and do some deep cleaning for me. Now? We have seven kiddos who have a regular list of chores to do each day, and the same cleaning crew comes every week. And? They will continue to come until my kiddos are not so demanding of my time, attention, and energy.

Now, this doesn’t mean I am completely off the hook. In fact, I have an ever-growing mound of clean laundry piled in my loft, I don’t ever have an empty kitchen sink, and we still do the hurry-up-and-pick-things-up-cuz-dad-is-on-his-way-home dance.

That’s just the way it is.

How do you tackle the cleaning in your home?