I just started this routine again after "taking a break" from it and going to nursing school. I'm also in the process of decluttering 2 years worth of stuff, as my dh was mostly in charge. ;-) When my kids were younger I used this same routine, but it took a lot longer. I was happy if I made it through the routine by the end of the day. It kept me going and it was so nice to have a clean house at least for a little while!
Take the kids to school, then start. I have a large picnic basket with a bottle of cleaning spray and some rags that I carry around with me. As I go to each area, I put things in the basket that belong in another area. I also dig through it and put things back in the area that belong there after picking it up from another area as I move through.
1. Kitchen: fill the sink with water and soak the dishes. Wipe the counters and stove, put things in the basket as needed, empty the dishwasher (if kids did not already do it before school). Then I put the soaked dishes in the dishwasher and all the stuff has mostly soaked off at that point. Start the dishwasher and move to the next area.
2. Dining room area: put things in basket as needed, wipe down table, put chairs in straight, move on.
3. Livingroom area: put things in basket as needed, and pull things out of basket as needed. Straighten slipcovers on sofas, clear off coffee table, put books away on shelves, put knitting back in baskets, put remotes in their basket and such. Clean parrot cage. Move on.
4. Laundry room: put shoes away if not already on the shoe rack, go through the basket as needed, start a load of laundry and move on.
5. Our room: Clear off bed and make it, do the basket thing, straighten our desks. I put all papers that are not mine on dh's desk to sort through. Move on.
6. Our bathroom: spray counters and mirrors, put back lotions and stuff where they belong after morning routine. Clean parrot cage (one of them is in our large master bathroom). Wipe down toilet, move on.
7. Kids bathroom: repeat from our bathroom except no parrot cage!
8. Have coffee, take a shower, sweep floors (we have all tile in all the rooms). Steam mop as needed, about 3x a week.
9. Transfer clothes to dryer, sit down for a minute, listen to NPR, and plan dinner.
10. Take clothes out of the dryer, fold and hang and put away, or put the kids clothes on their beds to put away.
Enjoy the rest of the day until it's time for dinner prep. Steps 1-8 takes about 45 minutes. I am done by 9:45-10 with all of it.
Notice, I do two loads of dishes per day. Sometimes it's half full, but I use the energy saving cycle. It's just much easier to stay on top of dishes than to save them up until I have a full load. I really like Flylady.net's rule about having a clean kitchen sink. I wash the other dishes load after dinner.
I wash one load of laundry per day, too. Sometimes it's full, sometimes not quite. We have one hamper for me and the kids to share, so it's easy to just put them in and wash them. Dh does his own laundry. I immediately take the laundry out of the dryer and put it away so I am not left with 4-5 loads on the weekend and a huge pile to put away.
Notice too that I don't do the kids rooms. They have their play sets and stuff all set up and I don't want to mess with it. They are expected to put their stuff away off the floors on Saturdays, strip their bedding and wash it, and generally clean up including the floors. But during the week I leave them alone.