Keeping it clean is key.
you shouldn’t have to do more cleaning then once a day
unless you are tackling some type of large project.
I have a schedual and its for both my self and my husband… (pictured below) – I couldn’t get all the purple/option area in but what that is is stuff that needs to be done monthly, such as cleaning the dryer lint vent, the fridge, the car, washing our dogs, cleaning up dog poop from our back yard etc. I do 2 a week and he does one. If there is something that needs to be done – like fix something that breaks, or something seasonally like rake leaves, I add it to a white space at the bottom.
we have a new sheet every month and every time you do your “chore” you put an x to it. If at the end of the month all your boxes have x’s you get a 20$, if you miss 1-3 chores you get 10$ and if you miss 4 or 5 you get 5. and more misses and you don’t get anything.
If for some reason like sick/ or out of town, you can do the chores the day before or after and have it count. If both of us are out of town it of course doesn’t count .
This works really well for us beacuse we are on a fairly tight budget so its a great way for us to justify having personal spending money, and it is encouraging for us. Our laundry system is set up so that he always has a clean work uniform and so that loads of laundry are small. I only do one load of laundry a day so thats nice.
We pick up the house every day. You would be suprised how much that clutter makes the house look messier!
you have to also think of your personal needs, for example we have to high shed 100 pound inside dogs and a high shed cat- needless to say our house can get hairy. Vacuming must happen every other day or every 3 days, our floors must be moped and hair must be getten out of corners and all sorts of other places.
another big help is dishes always go in the dishwasher never in the sink – unless its something i have used right before serving dinner ( like a large pot and thats cleaned right after with the dinner plates.) also when the dish washer is finished it is emptied.
When I vaccum I also vaccum our tv stand, coffe table – things that would normaly be dusting, it helps reduce how often I need to dust- also dust after you vaccum because vaccuming puts all that dust in the air.
We have wax warmers that melt smell good wax. That helps with the over all feel of the house beacuse it smells good and feels good, you’d be suprised what a differance that makes!
also and one of the major things that helps is how well our home is organised! Everything is organised except for my crafts in our guestroom- that btw is our most dirty room, the closet and a shelf are very clutered becuse it has not been organised since all the wedding diy stuff, so once I tackle that I cna’t even imagine how much easier our system will become!
anyway thats my two cents- here is the image of our schedual