I had a long chat with my country-girl aunt Loretta from Kentucky, yesterday. She's a widow now, alone in her house and trying to keep going after losing a husband and a son. She raised five kids and kept a household running for many years. Her kids and grandkids are happy people, and I look up to her a lot.
I asked her for her housekeeping advice, and was rewarded with the best/most amusing advice ever:
"If something's dirty, clean it. If it didn't get clean the first time, clean it again. If that exhausts you, find a better way of doing it."
She has also said:
"Every new mother feels like she'll never figure it out, but you will. Just do it. One day, you'll just get it."
"You can't do it all at once. Don't worry about it. Do it tomorrow."
I love that woman :)