I have fibromyalgia on top of ADHD. For me and my family, we clean together. My son loves helping so he cleans with me in his room and my husband and I clean the rest of the house together. Making kids clean for you isn’t ok, but teaching them to clean with you is valuable for teamwork. Cooking together is another chore you can do with your kids and your husband. And having a set time each day to spend 15-30 minutes cleaning together will help it seem less overwhelming. Whatever you can do in that 15-30 minute block each day is plenty. Set a timer and when it’s done you’re done. *Also, designating a time each day turns it into a routine. And setting a type of task for yourself like sweeping, scrubbing, organizing, etc for each day can be helpful. Like some people set a room to work on each day; Monday is bathroom, Tuesday is kitchen, etc but I find it easier to say Monday I’m going to sweep for 15-30 minutes and sweep the whole house if I can in that time block. Tuesday I’m going to scrub so that might mean scrubbing walls and counters or scrubbing the tub. And so on. So it’s one task and I don’t have to get overwhelmed by trying to do everything in one room at once. Plus I can ask my husband to mop after I sweep, or ask him to wipe down the kitchen counters and stove, but usually he just cleans whatever he thinks is needed during that block. My son mostly works on putting his toys away, sweeping with a tiny broom, vacuuming his runner with a hand vacuum, scrubbing his desk, etc depending on the task type of the day.
Multitasking is a myth anyway. Don’t feel bad, there’s more than enough to do with small (or large) kids around. If anyone complains, give them a duster and ask them to help 😂
25, 21, 16. Pet peeve. Apparently kids imitate behaviour, so I guess I’ll never have a tidy home 😂 I’m frustratingly coming to terms with this fact. So, yeah, if you can make it a game and get them involved early, regardless of results - I’d do so. For me… it’s too late 🤭
What's worked for my family (with 2 under 2) is making sure the kids have already been taken care of before it's time to try and tackle cleaning, maybe even popping a snack in their room and setting up the gate and a show for them to watch. We then tackle it room by room, handling the kids as needed between rooms as well. Don't be afraid to let your toddler help either! Get them their own little cleaning set and make it a fun game for them too :) I've heard that works wonders