How Do You Handle Household Chores?

Time-consuming and endless.  That’s how I’d describe my domestic duties.  But perhaps you’re more enlightened and would pick adjectives like “Rewarding and fulfilling.”  If so, please inspire me!

Do you incrementally work on general household cleaning duties, or do you prefer for things to build up to near disaster before you attack?  Who is in charge of washing cloth diapers or buying groceries?  Do your children do small tasks for you as well?  Is your partner involved in domestic upkeep or do you shoulder the responsibility yourself?

Any tricks you’ve implemented might be a help to the rest of us!  (My resolution for order and focus this year has me using the quicken calendar to remind me of three chores each day.  It’s not perfect, but it’s certainly an improvement from what I was doing before!)

The Sunday Question: How Do You Divide Domestic Chores with Your Spouse?

In just a few months, I’ll be enjoying maternity leave.  It’ll be a treat to have a few months off since with my first child I went back part time when he was just six weeks old.  Since I never really had the time to be home, my husband and I have split laundry, cooking and cleaning pretty evenly from the beginning.  This time I wonder if it will be different since I’ll be home for a stretch and might feel obligated to pick up more domestic duties.  How have you managed to share the household workload with your spouse?  Did it change during maternity leave–and more importantly, if you did go back to work how did it shift again?  Any advice you can offer will be greatly appreciated!