Here is a good schedule to go by when cleaning.
1. Morning dishes right after breakfast. Have everyone put away their own dishes at the sink. If they don't go to school or work then have them take turns helping do the dishes and wiping the table.
My grandchildren do that everyday and my granddaughter helps make breakfast. She is ten. My grandson is five. Start early. It takes me literally 15 minutes to wash dishes, wipe the counters and sweep the floor.
2. Children should make up their own beds. They should also clean their own rooms. A weekly inspection can tell you whether they're doing their job or not.
3. Straighten up the kitchen and sweep the floor every day. Set aside once or twice a week to mop the floor. Clean out the fridge of left overs that are bad once a week and wipe up any crumbs. Clean fridge well once a month. It won't take you long since you've been keeping it up. Complete kitchen clean up shouldn't be more than an hour.
4. Pick up all throughout the house to make things look neat. Tell the children to pick up after themselves before dinner time and this will make your pick up time easier and faster. Set aside once a week to dust and vacuum but, not on the same day you mop the floors.
5. Make master bedroom bed and pick up every day. Just like the rest of the house make sure you dust and vacuum once a week. 10 minutes.
6. Do a load or two of laundry every day and depending on how many are in your family. Have family members help fold and put away.
7. Straighten up the bathrooms and wipe the counters every day. Hubby and kids need to be told to wipe the counters with a rag or paper towel. Not with a wash towel that everyone uses. I keep paper towels on the counter. Clean the sink and counter area well once a week.
8. Keep toilets clean and do them once or twice a week. Use paper towels to clean them so that you can throw them away. I never use rags on toilets that I use for every day things.
9. Clean the shower and tub area once a week. Do the floors in bathroom once a week. Complete bathroom clean up won't take more than 1/2 hour if everyone keeps things up.
10. Take out trash once a day and specify one person to do that besides yourself. Just because hubby works doesn't mean he can't throw out the trash or put his plate away.
11. When kids get home they'll want a snack and so make sure they have one and clean up after themselves. Homework should be done at that time.
12. Have your children help you with dinner if possible but, they can at the least set the table and then help with dishes after wards.
13. My grandchildren get their clothes ready the day before school. They shower the night before and are in bed around 8:30 pm. Time to relax and fall asleep until the next time.
I believe that if you do this then you won't be spending time cleaning all day long. Two hours max and that includes at least one or two loads of laundry. I've cleaned houses for a living for over 20 years and to do a complete cleaning of a house that is at least 2,000 square feet it takes me 4-41/2 hours. If you want to do a good cleaning then do it this way but, don't get carried away with projects at that time. Concentrate on that one job. Do the fans every other week, the baseboards once a month, the blinds every other week. But, always do the small light housekeeping as I listed every day. You will have the most beautiful and the cleanest house in the neighborhood. But, please don't come over to my house.........it's a mess!!! LOL.