BC I had a small, beautifully decorated, neat, tidy home that could be cleaned within 2 hours every Saturday after going to the gym. Ah, those halcyon days!
AC I live in "overly large wreck of a house" that we are "doing up". It would take a week to clean it and I have a four year old begging for attention every two minutes. Due to collossal mortgage I can't afford to pay anyone to clean it for me so............
....................Working Mum's Guide to Housework was born:
Firstly, invest in one of these:
Really does make vacuuming easier and no bags to deal with! Thank you, Sir James Dyson, you deserve that knighthood.
Then, make cleaning manageable: clean lounge one week, dining room next, bedrooms next on a three week rota. Convince daughter it is a game, give her a duster and one of these:
Some things have to be reactionary: clean kitchen when floor is sticky, clean bathroom when guests coming, defrost freezer when door won't shut, clean out fish tank when can't see fish.
Laundry not really a problem with automatic washing machine and tumble drier, but ironing needs careful consideration. Work suits go to dry cleaners so no ironing there. Choose work blouses in crinkly fabrics that don't need ironing. Pile daughter's clothes up so that the ones at the bottom are crushed into submission and don't need ironing. And.........................this is the crunch ........................ make husband iron his own shirts!!! True. I kid you not.
Thank you, mum, for the advice you gave me when I got married, "Start as you mean to go on". I have never ironed husband's shirts from day one, so he has had to do it himself. He also has a system; he has 15 shirts so he only has to iron once every three weeks!
Finally, if there isn't time to do any of the above, open one of these:
and soon you won't notice the mess!