1. laundry - whether it's folding, washing/hanging up, or ironing (kids fold/put away their own)
2. tidy the house at the end of the day
3. dishes all washed by the end of the day (very rarely put away before bedtime)
4. kitchen counters wiped
5. my bed made (uh, my version is pulling the covers up in a tidy way - not the classic way my mother taught me doing each layer separately and smoothly)
1. household trash out to the trashcan
2. dust and vacuum first floor rooms (by kids)
3. bathroom cleaned (by kids), although I have to do the shower, so this happens maybe monthly and I know that sounds gross - just being frank
4. day of reckoning, usually Friday, where most accumulated piles and debris are sorted and disposed of
The rest of the cleaning is by chance, my mood, and time permitting. My windows are filthy due to the city air, but I don't see them being cleaned any time soon. I often take swipes at the microwave, stove, toaster oven, and refrigerator if I'm hanging out in the kitchen listening to a kid story or waiting for a cooking task. I dust the wood blinds when they look really dusty. I send the kids up to clean their room when I have energy to keep them on the task (so, not every week). I probably vacuum the sofas once a year. I get a kid to wipe down the dining room chairs maybe once every few months.
I think my house is reasonably clean and tidy. The porch, sidewalks, and yard are not. I find that distressing, but I have yet to give up any hobbies and pleasant pursuits to whip them into shape and maintain them.
How do you keep a clean house?