Ok I think we are back on track here if a bit soggy. ; ) I have to share what a true blessing it was that we were all caught up on laundry, dishes and so on when the power went out. It is entirely possible with 9 people that two days without utilities could have meant many MANY days of catch up. As it was we were right back to where we needed to be within 24 hrs. This routine works!
Like I mentioned previously we divided the house into zones and assigned a zone per day Monday-Saturday. Sunday is a day of rest. This is the cleaning method used for over 100 years in this country as evidenced by the charming Day of the Week dishtowels that used to be standby's in homemaker's kitchens. My illustrated lists are here for download. You may need to combine or divide these lists depending upon the configuration and uses of your rooms.
Another resource I have been fascinated with of late is the book Home Comforts: the Art and Science of Keeping House by Cheryl Mendelson. This is not a light read but it literally explains in great detail the proper way to clean and maintain just about ANYthing you own - from your stove to your terrier. She lays out exactly how long your leftovers are safe, the attributes of various fabrics and when fabric care labels may be safely ignored, how to care for your wood floors (hint: old wives tails are not always accurate here, I learned!),when you want an acidic or alkaline based cleaner, and more. Much more. Almost nine HUNDRED pages more. For about $13 used you can't beat this for an essential reference book. it will take you from cleaning hunches to cleaning assurances. You may not elect to do all the jobs she recommends on the schedule she recommends but when you do them you can be certain they are being done correctly.
Here are the lists in my Housekeeping Binder at the moment:
Download make_your_own_cleaning_solutions.doc basic cleaner recipes from the net and varied sources
Download bedroom_day.doc Bedrooms
Download bathroom_cleaning_checklist.doc Bathrooms
Download living_room.doc Living/family rooms
Download dining_room_cleaning_list.doc Dining rooms
Download cleaning_grand_plan.doc This is adapted from the Cleaning Grand Plan from Organized Home. It is a LARGE document - about 12 pages. It can be used for a one-time, concentrated, whole house cleaning.