One of the perks of being a working mom is that sometimes there is enough additional income to hire a housekeeper or cleaning service. In my case, it was either hire a housekeeper or a nanny. I decided to have my kids at home and accept a dirtier home. The past few nannies we have had have been amazing, but I expect very little cleaning from them other than picking up toys and doing the kids laundry and dishes. Often our nanny leaves the house cleaner than I can keep it on the weekends. Either way our house is not as clean as I would like.
One of the things I do to clean my house is to do a 30 min clean as soon as the kids are in bed. Sometimes it is 30 min of a particular task, sometimes it is a particular area, sometimes it is just a splot clean all over. I go through phases of being consistent but this is the best way that I have found to keep things manageable.
I would love to know how you keep your house clean. Do you have a cleaning service? Do you use a strategy like the FlyLady? Do you let go of it all??