In the meantime, there are days when my house looks like this:
and I don't have the time, energy, or motivation to clean up. That's when I resort to damage control. I learned this nifty tip from my neighbor: set the timer for 5 minutes, and focus on one room in the house. When the timer goes off, you move to the next room. Five minutes in each room keeps you from getting bogged down, and every part of the house gets at least a little attention. Often times I find that I still have some steam in me to go back through and give the messier rooms a little more attention. But, if not, I've done my job and can feel good about getting something accomplished.