For years I have struggled with getting into a routine of cleaning. I made schedules and lists, but with all our traveling they never worked. But now we are settled, and besides occasional trips to Katherine (a small outback town about 3 hours south) we are home almost everyday.
I made a nice schedule on Microsoft Word. I first wrote out a list of things that needed to be done weekly, then I diveded them up into the days that were most important they get done. I print out a blank schedule every weekend, then plan for my week. It really has been a huge help.
I also have a monthly deep cleaning list. I just take one or two items a week off that list, and put them into my schedule. This way something that is often forgotten until spring cleaning gets done once a month.
I've used this since early January, and it's been great. I think knowing that for example every Tuesday I clean the bathrooms, keeps me motivated. I do just a little bit everyday. There are chores that are not on the list that I do everyday, such as kitchen clean up after supper. It's something I know I have to do, and make it a goal to have a clean kitchen every night before bed.
I love schedules and routines. I'm sure my brother is rolling his eyes at this post, but thanks for reading anyway, Josh! Love you.