The ‘different day, different room’ housekeeping schedule |

I used to tackle the household cleaning in one mega tidying blitz a week, usually on a Saturday morning when the rest of the family was off playing sports. The payoff: a few hours of hard work in an empty house resulted in a spotless, sweet-smelling home that made me feel super houseproud. The downside: I was exhausted the rest of the day, and would get exasperated as my kids came home and jumped in the clean shower, or my husband left breadcrumbs in the kitchen after making sandwiches for lunch. 

It wasn’t like I didn’t clean during the rest of the week – and my job editing Country Homes & Interiors magazine means I know every single one of the cleaning tips ever dispensed by experts. So I decided to try a new approach to our household cleaning schedule, getting all the family involved and spreading out the chores throughout the week.