As I have mentioned before, I have a routine for keeping my house clean or at least fairly clean. I have company often, many times unplanned (the best kind) and so I need the place to be presentable. I do pay to have it cleaned twice a month (SO WORTH EVERY CENT!), but I realize its up to me to keep up on it. That's why, as you will see on my sidebar, I post my daily list. If I follow this list (it changes slightly day to day), I never get behind, there are no piles of clutter and laundry does not climb the walls. It's an easy list and once you got it down to a routine, it's a breeze. Plus I like making lists.