Here's the dealy-whopper: I can't do it myself. I used to think I could but I've just accepted the reality... we have 8 people in a 2250 sf. house. 8!!! I don't have the time in the day to feed, launder, dust, sweep, shop, run cub scouting, do homework, etc. While I do have a loose cleaning schedule, I just cant get to all of the rooms each week in detail. (Husbands laughs at my casual admission... he knows the ugly truth.)
In steps inspiration out of desperation again: Let my little Chipmunks that I so lovingly try to herd each week- DO. Their. Share.
Zones: My 4 kiddos have a Zone they're in charge of keeping picked up all week.
Saturday: On Saturday they clean their zone. They dust, vacuum, do windows, fluff pillows, clean the TV screen etc. From top to bottom their zone belongs to them. Remember.... you defined the job so they know what to do. Questions on that... see this post.
Exception: The kiddo stuck on Bathrooms and hallways gets a break... 2 bathrooms is cruel... for anyone. For a 6 year old it's torture. For a 12 year old... it a lot of mirror time to inspect zits and sprouting chin hairs. So... the bathroom kid gets 1 bathroom and the hallway. I do the other one.
Mom advantage: Job is pre-defined and you don't have to dream up a list of Saturday chores. AND... Mom cleans kitchen, her own bedroom and bathroom, and assigns hubby to clean the other bathroom. DONE! Mom has the rest of the day to herself.
Actually, ladies, the strategy is to have enough kids to take care of all the zones in your house. I'm set for now but if we end up moving to a bigger house I may need to have a few more kids. That Duggar family... 19+ right? You go visit their site. (It's funny that I look to a mom of 19 for inspiration... her laundry room rocks... so does the soda fountain!) Not a thing out of place... lots of kids is the key. It also happens to be the driving force behind my chocolate addiction and the many clothing sizes in my closet.
Now, go put on Flight of the Bumble Bee and get those kiddos cleaning! We always blast the music, dance and make it fun around here... the 12 year old will argue that you're a dork and if he does, that means you're doing a great job!