Since I do work outside the home from 8 till 5 (that includes the dc run
) I spend about 15 minutes a day just keeping things tidy. That means putting things back in their place, maybe a quick vacuum - we have wood floors so its just to grab the sand and pet hair, and I always do a toilet wipedown every morning.
About once a week, I'll leave work a bit early and have Mason spend an extra 30 minutes with his favorite dcp
and vacuum, mop, dust the main floor. That includes the bathroom, kitchen, living room and 2 kids rooms plus the 2 entry ways.
Every night I do at least 1 load of laundry but I don't put it away until the weekend
: Now that the weather's better and I can use the clothes line, I actually only wash the cloth diapers and few other things because I like to do most of the laundry on Friday night and Saturday morning so I can hang it all out at once.
I do most of the cooking and dh will load the dishwasher and tidy the kitchen most nights. Some nights we just let it go until the next night.
Our house is never so bad that I can't have people over. I've learned to just keep up with the cleaning so it never takes more than hour to get the whole house in tip top shape
In saying that, guests aren't allowed in the basement family room or the upstairs unless I've taken another 30 minutes to an hour to get them presentable
That's a lot of carpet to vacuum! We have 4 cats and 2 dogs...
And my secret is to dim the lights, then no one can see the dust