What I have found to be the most helpful, is to spread the major duties out over the week. There are seven days and seven categories I use. Bedroom, Bathrooms, Kitchen, Living Room, Office/Playroom, Laundry, and Outdoors. Obviously, you can tweak them to fit your needs. With a pen and paper, sit down and decide which area you will focus on each day. Then, go through the room and ask yourself which things you need to do with each area.
Bedroom: Do the sheets need to be washed? Are there any clothes on the floor that need to be picked up? Are there any lingering water cups? Do you need to put away any clothes that you didn't end up wearing after all? Does the TV need to be dusted? What about the night stands and dresser? Do you need to vacuum?
Bathrooms: Is the shower clean? Does the toilet need to be cleaned? Are there any lingering clothes that need to be put into a dirty laundry basket? Does the mirror need to be wiped down? What about the sink and counters? Does the floor need to be mopped or vacuumed? Does the trash need to be taken out?
Kitchen: Are there any clean dishes that need to be put away? Any dirty dishes that need to be cleaned? Are the counter tops clean? Does the refrigerator need to be cleaned out? Does the trash need to be taken out? Do the floors need to be swept and mopped?
Living Room: Are there any toys that need to be picked up? Does the TV need dusting? What about the tables? Are there any dishes or trash that need to be taken care of? Does the floor need vacuumed? Any windows need to be wiped down?
Office/Playroom: Do the toys need to be picked up? Any videos need to be put away? Is your desk clean? Do you have anything that need to be put back in it's place? Does anything need to be dusted? Do the floor need to be swept/mopped or vacuumed?
Laundry: Separate the loads and do them. As soon as you hear the buzzer, take care of the load. As soon as they dried, put them away.
Outdoors: Is there any trash in your yard? Any leaves that need to be raked? Any weeds that need to be pulled? Any flowers that need a drink of water? Does you car need to be cleaned out?
Is this going to keep your house spotless? Probably not, especially if you don't have
Do you have any basic cleaning tips to share with me?