Here is an area where I need help. I know most of you have strategies for keeping your house clean. Fly Lady does her 15 minute thing and the empty-kitchen-sink-before-you-go-to-bed thing. One friend, also with five children, never goes to bed without putting in a load of laundry.
My strategies are precise, though admittedly less effective: When we are out of underwear, I wash them. When we are out of glasses, I start a load in the dishwasher. When I can't find something, I clean the room. I like to go barefoot so when stuff starts sticking to my feet, I sweep. Yes, I'm a very careful housekeeper. I'm sorry if I make you uncomfortable with my perfection. We've talked about this before and I hate to keep bringing it up, but sometimes we must do things we don't enjoy (like mopping).
The most recent cleaning pitfall I've come across is dirty dishes--more specifically not having dirty dishes. Every time I go in the kitchen to make a meal, I have to wash the dishes first. Thus, quick meal prep turns into long meal prep. The children are laying about on the floor in various stages of starvation and their moans and whines of "Mommy, I'm soooo hungry" needle into my tendency for compassion.
How do you do the dishes at your house? Do the children take turns? Do you all clean up at once? Do you . . . what?