Ladies, I just created this little checklist in word and put it inside a three ring binder. You can use any little journal or binder you have though. I have been doing this routine with a few new modifications for the past 6 years. I've been at home either part or full time since 2004. This is what works for me. First off, when I worked as a teacher full time I hated coming home and cleaning all day Saturday. So my hubby and I worked out a system we each had a set of chores we did throughout the week and he did most of the shopping because it was more convenient. He went to work before me so he threw in a load of laundry in the am and I put it away before work. I took the kids to daycare and then came home and cooked dinner and he cleaned up. We each did our chores. Come Saturday we were able to finish a few things and head out the door if we wanted to. It wasn't perfect and sometimes things didn't get done but flylady did help. I love her no nonsense approach, she says to just get off your franny and get it done. LOL!
Now I do all of the housework, meals and shopping. He takes care of the yard and maintaining our vehicles. He's also great at fixing most anything. Generally, I keep things picked up as I go if you read any kind of home organization books you'll see the same things over and over. "A place for everything and everything in its place." Another words if you have a great system you'll just need to maintain it. I try to multi task and clean up messes as I go. For example after getting up I make my bed, when I do my makeup, I do a quick wipedown of the sink and then the toilet as needed.
I have a Daily List, here is just a few examples from my daily list:
Empty dishwasher while kids eat breakfast
Start a load of laundry, (I don't like it to pile up and I have found that if I wait until day 7, I have 7 loads which is just daunting for me.) This is one trick I picked up from flylady.
Pick up house generally twice a day once before bedtime, once having the kids help with toys, homework etc.
I put all dirty dishes immediately into the dishwasher
Weekly house blessing (flylady.net) I dust all horizontal surfaces on my main level, purge and recycle of throw out magazines and newspapers from the week, vacuum entire main floor, and stairs, vaccuum downstairs media room * (I find we usually have some popcorn from our movie night on Fridays.) I wipe down any smudges around doors and use windex on the most used doors. Take out trash, trash day is Tuesday.
Clean bathrooms, scour sinks, scrub toilets, clean mirrors, spot clean showers and tubs. (they get a good scrub down once a month for zone cleaning) The kids do their own bathrooms. We have 4.
Change sheets and wash towels and put out all fresh linens, sweep and mop floors in bathrooms, zone cleaning
Sweep and mop, spot clean appliances, clean microwave weekly, clean coffee pot, wipe down counters and scour sink, zone cleaning
Dust and sweep bedrooms, and kids do their rooms and playroom. *I also clean library and guest room. I try to do errands on this day.
I vacuum and dust family room again, sweep kitchen as needed, vacuum all entrance rugs, finish zone cleaning
I just keep up with daily chores and do a load of laundry. This allows me to spend time with my family.
A day of rest, not even laundry
* indicates new to my routine because we didn't have these rooms before
Each week I deep clean a zone, parts of my home. So in addition to all my daily chores I spend about 15 minutes cleaning in the zone. Check out more about that here.
Another idea that I have found extremely helpful is to do these things with a candle burning and your favorite music going in the background. I think it just helps to improve your mood and makes it go faster. I learned this from my fellow sugar pie sister, Aunt Ruthie. I really think the key to keeping your house a home is two things keeping it neat and tidy and then the decorating is the icing on the cake. If you have a system you never find yourself fretting when someone drops by or comes to visit. I have had friends or people comment about how neat my house always is when they come over. That always makes me feel good and my husband always tells me what a good job I do taking care of our home and decorating it.
Thank you all for sharing your system. I read each and every comment and you had some very interesting things to say.
Have a great day!