The big break up
Procrastination can quickly derail the best intentions. Breaking up large chores into smaller ones can help you tackle big projects in more manageable pieces. Try working on the chores you're dreading a little bit at a time instead of all at once.

A sorted affair
Save time by letting your kids sort the laundry while you work on a different chore. Have them sort then into piles to teach colors and math.

Spray the smell away
If you don't have time for a deep clean, spray fabric refresher on your furniture, especially those areas where the kids and pets hang out.