I think the biggest key in making housework easier is simplifying what you have. The more stuff you have to clean, the longer it takes, the harder it is. When you look at a huge mess, you have already defeated yourself mentally. I have streamlined our home and this is how we manage our chores.
I have a rule, if you can walk, you can do chores. Give children an opportunity to learn. It may take longer, but you will have children eager to do chores, so its a great time to teach, and they will know how to do them properly when they are older. This teaches personal responsibility and self government. Two key skills they will need to be productive adults.
As I showed a little with the last post on laundry, the children have personal chores. They are responsible for their laundry, beds, personal belongings, personal pets, personal dishes and personal hygiene. They are also assigned to help their partner with their personal chores and responsibilities. This is done as part of our daily routine, and they are done before morning chores and after evening chores.
Since we clean 3x a day, it really doesn't take all that long, unless you drag it out on purpose. The blue chores usually only need to be done once a day, its a 15 min chore. We usually do the Hall and Stairs in the morning as we get up and the Porch is done in the evening. Pantry and School Room are done once a day as needed. The yellow chores are once or twice a day, depending on the day, and again, take no more than 15 minutes. Playroom, Bathroom and Family Room only require a quick pick up of the room. Laundry is responsible for hanging out the clothes and putting away socks, undies, towels and blankets. The green chores are also 15 min chores and are done as follows. Meal Helper helps to prepare the meal and put away any leftover food. Dishes is responsible for putting away clean dishes and washing any dishes used for cooking. One rule I have recently instituted was that you are to wash and put away your plate, cup spoon fork bowl, that you used to eat with as you leave the table. This has made a huge difference, not only helping reduce the burden of washing dishes ( we hand wash) but again, teaches personal responsibility. Table and Chairs, does just that, washes the table and chairs after each meal, and makes sure the counters are cleaned off. Then the sweepers run a broom through the whole house and cleans up the pile.
So where do I fit in? I make sure the chores are all being done properly and promptly, and help where I am needed. I often wash the dishes and sweep while the helpers put away clean ones and help clear the pile. I will sit with the baby and make sure the socks and undies get put away and I often clean the bathroom and wash laundry while my husband takes a shower so we can chat.
How you do manage the chores in your home?