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For me, the real work of keeping the house clean is keeping stuff picked up. Every single member of my family seems to create a semi-circle of stuff around themselves everytime single they sit down. They get up, move on, and create another mess, never stopping to pick up the papers, books, cords, dishes, dirty socks, etc., that they've left behind.If stuff is picked up and put away, I don't have any problem vacuuming, dusting, cleaning floors, cleaning toilets. That seems pretty easy to me.And, you can't really pay someone to pick up after people, because they don't know where to put stuff and what might be important and what should be thrown away.Hiring a cleaning service (who dusted, vacuumed, cleaned floors, and the bathroom/kitchen but would not open closets, drawers or move anything) is what made me stay on top of picking things up. Every week we had a pick-up party the day before the maids came so they would utilize their time most efficiently and clean more.I haven't had them in a year. The place is a shambles.MOI
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