My standard recommendation to EVERYONE is to make a daily schedule. Make a short list of chores to do each day. Again enlist your kids! I fully believe children should have a regular list of chores (cleaning their room, sorting the laundry, etc) but you can give them each a "special" job to do each week.When everyone in the house pitches in cleaning isn't overwhelming to one person (ie Mom!).
So make a short list of things that need to be done every day/ week. My standards are:
*Checking the mail (yes this task goes in my cleaning list because if it isn't dealt with everyday then it becomes a big problem)
*Kitchen (some things like dishes should be done daily but the overall kitchen can take one day a week)
*Dusting (rooms besides those listed above) and Floors (so on the days I clean the kitchen and bathrooms I do everything except the floors)
*Linens (I try to do these bi-weekly)
*Laundry (I find it best to do a certain number of loads a day but some families find it works best to do it all on one day)
*Bills and Shopping. I tend to alternate these two based on payday. I like to pay all our bills on payday and schedule 2 large grocery store trips per month. It doesn't always work out that way but it's easier for me when I can try to make it happen.
Now try to plan one or two of these for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and/or Saturday. You will have a cleaner house and more sanity guaranteed!
Don't forget to check out Cleaning Up #1, #2, #3, and #4.