Lovey over at Lovey-land (http://lovey-land.blogspot.com/) lent me a few fabulous books regarding decluttering and housecleaning. I am no stranger to these areas, because having clean spaces is very important to me, and living simply without too much stuff is also important to me. However, these books were very helpful to me because one book laid out decluttering projects with estimated amounts of time, and the other book really clarified what should be cleaned daily, weekly, monthly and yearly.
I do think that having a clean and orderly house is part of homeschooling. First of all, it can be hard for some if not all children to function in a cluttered environment because they are just being constantly distracted. Secondly, having a clean house is important from a health perspective. Thirdly, I find most women who are feeling completely overwhelmed with their house also are feeling overwhelmed with homeschooling, with life in general, and are sometimes dealing with depression or other things going on. So I think your home is sometimes a barometer of where you are and how you are feeling.
Most importantly, housecleaning, laundry, getting meals on the table and such all still have to happen even with homeschooling! You are still the leader for your home! So the question becomes how to figure out how to make this happen.
If you are in the beginning steps of decluttering and getting your house in order, bravo! You may want to check out www.flylady.net if you are not already acquainted with that website. It is very helpful to those of us who have to work at being organized.
Here is my own personal list for daily, weekly cleaning:
Clean the bathrooms
Air out the beds after we get up and open windows to air everything out, make beds after 30 minutes or so
Keep kitchen clean, put out clean towels every day in kitchen (countertops I do every day, outside of cabinets once a week)
Vacuum/dust mop daily (did I mention we have a large hairy dog?)
Empty trash cans if full
Change bed linens, including putting pillows in dryer for 15 minutes to kill dust mites
Change bath towels 2-3 times a week
Wipe down doorknobs, light switches, etc ( I admit I may do this more than once a week)
Wipe down baseboards (again due to big hairy dog) and doors and door hinges
Clean oven and refrigerator (including taking shelves out every 1-2 weeks and washing the shelves off).
Wash and sanitize garbage cans
Vacuum upholstered furniture every 1-2 weeks.
Sweep outside patios and walks a couple times a week.
Clean out pantry if needed
Painting as needed
At least two times a year pressure wash house, outside windows
Condition wood furniture
Every family has their own way of doing things based upon the climate in which they live, the size of their house, etc. I am just sharing some of the things I do.