I'm with ya, every day of the week. A little a day can go a LONG way!
Here is my system...
I have a magnetic dry erase board in the kitchen that is about 18 inches x 22 inches. It has grids on it to make it be a month calendar. I got it at Target.
I don't use it that way though. I use magnet clips to hang two colors of dry erase markers on it so they are handy. Most of the time I just use one color, but sometimes when I need to color code appointments it is useful to have the other.
I kept the "mon, tues, wed" stuff at the top.
I used the label maker down the side to make "morning, afternoon, evening, night, and home" categories to break up my day.
So it has become a big weekly calendar instead.
Stuff that happens regulary, I make a label for (ex: 10 AM gymnastics) and stick it in the right box (ex: Wednesday morning)
Things that happen as they happen, I fill in with dry erase marker and I refuse to put more than two things a day. Period. I also keep at least one day totally at home with no obligations. This keeps me from overbooking and running ragged.
The "night" grid usually becomes the space where I write what is for dinner, but once in a while we do have dates, picking people up at airport, night classes or something like that so it is useful to have a "night" space.
In the "home" grids across the bottom of the week.. that's the chore space.
In label maker tape I put the minimal chores of the day as list of labels, usually themed around one room per day or a bedroom + a bathroom.
For instance monday has
wash kitchen laundry
The box is only but so big, so this keeps me from overscheduling myself with cleaning too. On the days when I don't have a lot of regular chores listed already... those are good days to use dry erase marker fill in special chores that don't happen weekly.... like "deep clean attic" for instance.
When the chore is done, I make a dry eraser dot next to it. Then I don't have to think, and DH doesn't have to think when he's home and able to help. You check the day, check what is still on, go do it, and mark it. If it doesn't get done, tough. Move on. Try to hit it next week when it rolls around again.
End of week? Wipe it all off. The benefit to labelmaker labels is that they are waterproof and dry eraser friendly -- just wipe off! If things change, they tolerate some repositioning before you have to make a whole new label.
End of semester? All labels peel off, the board gets a good scrub, and then we reevaluate which days are going to be our busy days and shift the chores around to accomodate so heavy days get light chores and light days get heavy chores. The only chores that stay the same are trash days.
My home is not as clean as I'd like, but there's a toddler here, and I can live with that so long as the minimums get hit periodically.
Over time, I can see what I don't
hit regularly, and that tells me where the stuff is that I don't have the time to maintain.
This is my reality, and I don't want
more than one box a day of chores, so these areas are slowly being reduced/decluttered/purged. If I can't maintain it on one box a day, then this stuff leaves the house. I have some things in the garage and some things in my room and closets to go, but I've been steadily purging.
DH was initially resistant, but he has seen the light. I can't remember the last time we pulled a Friday night cleanathon before guests were going to come over. Working as a team, we can hit almost the whole house in 20 minutes on Friday nights and have time to watch a movie AND get our sleep before the guests hit!