Since moving here, I did interview several cleaning companies, some licensed cleaners, some under the table. With me currently being on leave, it didn't seem to make sense to hire someone again, especially as I had to reduce my household budget to reflect my impending retirement income (approx 52% of current salary).
I devised a calendar of sorts, with tasks assigned each day.
Sun: grocery shop, Swiffer, clean mirrors/tvs
Mon: clean cat box, empty waste baskets into kitchen trash and take all to trash bin for pick up on Tues, replacing trash can liners as needed; vacuum rugs, swiffer
Tues: Swiffer, clean stairs, dust
Wed: Swiffer, mending
Th: cat box, trash bins again, vacuum rugs
Fri: clean bathrooms, swiffer
Sat: farmer's market, swiffer, bake for upcoming week
The kitchen is tended to daily. Fresh hand and kitchen towels are replaced daily. As additional chores are unearthed (such as I notice that the scatter rugs by the doors need to be shaken outside or washed), they are tended to.
So far, this is working for me. This may change once I start my classes, and should I get a PT job.
I am also using up what little remains from my cleaning supply stash; we're moving to natural based, homemade cleaners whenever possible. I have a large, handled bucket that I tote with me when I clean. It contains:
-spray Pledge (will return to lemon oil on a flannel rag when this is gone; I have several cans on hand)
-a bottle of Windex (will move to a HM version when this is gone)
-Murphy's oil soap and an additional wood floor cleaner
-Ajax scouring powder
-a bottle of Resolve spot cleaner for carpets
-old tooth brush, scubbing brushes, assorted rags/microfiber cloths
-a bottle of generic "tilex" for mold removal (will try just diluted bleach when this is gone)
-a bottle of Dawn-vinegar solution for most all purpose cleaning (not marble/granite in bath and kitchen)
-a bottle of Peppermint Dr Bonner's all purpose castille soap solution as an all purpose cleaner
I do have a Swiffer and a mini stockpile of generic Swiffer cloths, I will use them up. move to just a microfiber
I also have an OCedar dry mop with 2 replacable covers for the "swiffering" that I do almost daily-great on cat hair. I tend to wash and replace the covers at least once/week. I have an old, but still works, Sears canister vacuum (floor head attachment is duct taped onto the vacuum pole)