I'm back on a cleaning schedule everyone! I slacked a while after we moved into our new home but I'm back on track. For those of you looking for ways to keep a cleaner home without the strict "Fly Lady" type schedule, here goes.
I keep my cleaning chart on my kids' chore chart so they see that everyone has a job to do every day.
Every morning, I announce what their chores are for the day and what area I'm going to focus on. I do a specific deep cleaning every day plus our "10 Minute Pick-Up" which I will explain later.
Today's focus was the kitchen. I spent about 30 minutes to an hour deep cleaning which to me means: steam mopping, cleaning the appliances, counters, organizing, etc. Yesterday was the Master Suite so I vacuumed and straightened up my room, and deep cleaned my bathroom.
This way I know that it all gets cleaned every week and my kids know that we do our housework first and then we can sit back and play.
Now on to the "10 Minute Pick-Up". This is my sanity saver. Every night at 10pm, my husband and I set the timer for 10 minutes and pick up the house as fast as we can. That usually includes loading and starting the dishwasher, starting the washing machine, picking up a few toys, sweeping the floor and wiping down the cabinets. It is amazing what can get done in just 10 minutes! Then we can go to bed and the morning starts off with a fairly clean home.
Hope this helps someone!