One Room a Day
I've said this before, but I read a lot of productivity blogs wherein the writers strategize about bringing order to chaos, moving projects forward, that kind of thing. On one of them, I read about a "one room a day" approach to cleaning. The idea is that you do whatever basic subsistence-level cleaning needs to be done (dishes, laundry, cleaning up spills and Goldfish cracker crumbs, etc.), then you focus on deep-cleaning one room for about 15-20 minutes. Here's what we're doing:
Thursday, living room
Friday, garage and cars
Saturday, dining room
Sunday, hallways and laundry room
I'm very happy with how it's working so far; I just hope we can keep it up. I'm much less stressed in a clean house.