It is far easier to KEEP your home clean than to have to try cleaning a messy house once it gets to the paralyzing mess stage.
If your house is generally clean and then you have a kid’s birthday party and the house gets messy – that kind of mess is fairly easy to clean.
But the other kind of mess – the piles and clutter and accumulated junk – is much harder to tackle. Ideally, you wouldn’t let that kind of mess happen at all.
Adopt good organizing and cleaning habits. Address those piles when they are small; put papers away right away (read: address issues when they are small). Set up cleaning schedules to maintain order (read: date nights).