Ladies are home all day because they are guiding and guarding the home, not just cleaning or keeping house. They are making a home.
Here is a housekeeping/hmemaking list a friend sent me:
My favorite schedule is from the hard-to-find book, written by a former Housekeeper in Charge of the White House, back in 1965, Mary Kaltman.
Dishes, Counters, Sweep floor, Empty Garbage
Bedrooms – dust twice a week, make bed
Bathrooms – wash basin, check towels, TP, Soap, and Toilet Bowl
Living Room – pick up, grease mark removal from glass table tops, dust, vacuum lightly
Put house back in order – vacuum
Check up on staples and plan meals for Tues, Wed., Thurs.
Market and put food away
Wash and trim vegetables
Clean kitchen thoroughly
Laundry (not sheets and towels)
Iron and put away laundry
Thorough cleaning of bedroom and bath
Launder towels and sheets and put them away
Plan meals for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday
Also, this site has a housekeeping routine on it. I dont care for everything on flylady but there are some good things very much worth reading: http://www.flylady.net/d/getting-started/flying-lessons/routines/
Keep in mind that being a housewife is not all about cleaning and working. It is about making a home a place for the family that serves all your needs, adds comfort, love and loyalty.