I'm at least tolerating my horribly outdated excuse for a kitchen a tiny bit more.
Actually things are going fairly well. I'm not opposed to messes being made throughout the day, but they absolutely have to be cleaned up before another mess is made. This is the rule for myself as well. Although sometimes I would really love to 'leave it and come back to it later' I try to remind myself that if I just take five minutes now it will save me time later. Basically, rule number 1 is take care of it immediately.
My second big rule is that I no longer clean up after anyone other than myself. I started noticing that half of my time was spent cleaning up what my kids (or possibly husband) left behind, which meant that I didn't have as much time for things like laundry and bathrooms. Now, I spend five seconds explaining to the kids what they need to take care of and the rest of my time can be spent on more important things like blogging, I mean laundry.
Other than that I just make sure there are no dishes left in the sink at night or shoes by the front door. Oh, and a container of Clorox wipes under every sink really helps out a lot, especially in the bathroom.
Only 351 days to go!