A mum has divided opinions after sharing her enormous cleaning regime online.
Nikole Thompson, who has two kids, explained that she is moving into a new build property soon with her family.
So to keep her home in tip top shape she created a daily, weekly, monthly and annual schedule.
The self-proclaimed “avid cleaner” works 40 hours per week, but still manages to tackle chores that most of us would be keen to avoid every morning like emptying the toaster or deep cleaning the coffee machine.
She took to the Hinch Army Cleaning Tips group on Facebook to share her lengthy list with fellow mums – but she received a mixed response.
Day to day Nikole will make all of the beds, wipe down the bathroom, do a load of washing, before hoovering and heading to the kitchen.
But she also set aside a list of tasks that need to be completed monthly, like washing the dog beds and cleaning the oven.
In April she steam-cleans the carpets and in December she polishes the Christmas decorations.
Talking of the cleaning plans, one person said: “I’m far too lazy to be this organised but well done you!!”
Another asked: “Do you have a template at all? I struggle a lot with lack of motivation and can’t get anything done. This would help so much to tick off each day week or month.”
A third commented: “I think this is brilliant! Well done you for being so organised! I’m going to try and take a leaf out of your book!”
“You sound like superwoman to me” added a fourth.
However one added: “Life is too short. Someone once said to me, live life, no one wants to be remembered for cleaning their house.”
And another said: “Blimey do you do anything but clean?”
As some people still couldn’t believe how much she cleans every day, she was forced to explain just how long it takes on average to complete each task.
Daily tasks include:
- Make beds – 2 minutes, my son makes his own bed and i just straighten it up (he’s 8)
- Tidy up all rooms – 2 minutes, putting hair/make up stuff away and the odd toy
- Pick up washing – 1 minute – the boys in this house have a decent aim.
- Wipe down bathrooms – a minute per bathroom – so maybe 5 minutes in total giving 2 minutes to get between the 3
- Put in a load – again no more than 2 minutes
- Hoover downstairs – 5 minutes
- Empty dishwasher – 5 minutes
- Hoover upstairs – 5 minutes
- Wipe down work tops – 2 minutes
- Wipe down cabinets – 2 minutes
- Load dishwasher – 2 minutes
- Clean toilets – 5 minutes
“So all in all – 33 minutes? Plus give it five minutes rising and drying the dog food, maybe another five minutes generally cleaning the dining table, extra sweep of the floor after tea etc, wiping down the hob.
“On a weekend, its probably more like an hour a day with the extras on the Sat/Sunday cleaning.”
Although most members were supportive of Nikole’s rigid cleaning schedule, she did receive some criticism which she later addressed.
Responding she wrote: “Can I just say that I love my children and husband very much.
“I work 40 hours a week and manage no problem to spend quality time with them.
“This cleaning I already do but I like a good visual, which also helps with delegation.
“It takes around 90 minutes of my time each day INCLUDING cooking a home cooked breakfast, preparing packed lunches and home cooked evening meal for my family.
“Often a variety of which as my husband is vegan, I do plenty for them and get plenty of time for me too. I relax plenty and have ‘me time’ and family time.
“Jeeeezzz some of you are making out that I neglect my family, we are all good thanks.”