BEING a mum of 22 means there’s always something to do at home – as Sue Radford knows very well.
However, while the mother of Britain’s biggest family may have more to do than the average parent, she also has a handy army of little helpers at her fingertips.
And Sue, 46, says when it comes to helping, her children start early.
Speaking to Fabulous, Sue said: ‘The kids are really good at housework, they take out the rubbish, do the washing up and generally help out.
“I think they’ve realized that I can’t do everything and I need them to help me out a bit.
“Even Bonnie and Archie, who are only three and four, help out by putting away their toys and tidying up their rooms, which is a big help.”
But even with her children helping Sue, she is still overwhelmed with daily household chores.
And the mum has a strict schedule in place to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.
“I have a routine and I have to stick to it,” she says.
“I try to clean in the morning, then I have the afternoon free to do what I like.
“If I don’t do it in the morning, I run around like a headless chicken.
“I start by vacuuming all the floors, then I’ll get all the laundry out of the bedrooms and do the laundry.
“Then I will mop all the floors and do the bathrooms, then I will continue with more laundry, drying it and putting it away. It takes forever.
While Sue admits she’s considered hired help, she’s quite possessive about cleaning her up.
She adds: “I have considered hiring a housekeeper, that would be good because this house is so big and it takes a lot of work to clean it.
“But I like doing the house myself, I have to admit.”
After spending most of their day cleaning and with husband Noel running the family bakery all day, the couple try to carve out some time each day.
“Between 9 and 10:30 p.m. is usually our time, but other than that, we don’t really have any downtime,” Sue says.
Bonnie and Archie, who are only three and four years old whom they help by putting away their toys and tidying up their room
“As a freelancer and working long hours, you have to take time, otherwise you just sink into the ground.”
Sue and Noel will have been married for 30 years in September and the couple say taking time for themselves is what keeps their marriage going.
“We go on a date at least once every two months, to be Noel and Sue rather than just mom and dad,” she says.
“Noel and I are just soul mates, we were just meant to be together, we always know what the other is going to say before either of us says it.
“Our relationship is working really well because we’re so in tune.”
Sue and Noel, 51, are parents to Chris, 32, Sophie, 28, Chloe, 26, Jack, 24, Daniel, 22, Luke, 21, Millie, 20, Katie, 19 , James, 18, Ellie, 16, Aimee. , 15, Josh, 14, Max, 13, Tillie, 11, Oscar, 10, Casper, nine, Hallie, six, Phoebe, five, Archie, four, Bonnie, three and Heidie, one.
Sadly, the couple’s 17th child, Alfie, was still born on July 6, 2014.
The Radfords have partnered with EE to launch its Fiber Housea home powered entirely by EE’s Full Fiber broadband, giving you the power to connect 100 devices at once.
The House of Fiber is coming to other cities in the UK in March and April.
In other Radford news, Sue revealed they spent £1million raising their large brood and she has been pregnant for 16½ years.
We’ve previously shared how 22-year-old mum Sue Radford lives the lifestyle of a millionaire with a £30,000 Range Rover, outdoor cinema and hot tub.
And we’ve also revealed inside Britain’s biggest family garden where Sue and Noel Radford have a cinema, hot tub and bar.