Let me preface this with it is okay if the answer is that there is no good answer. I have a three-year-old and 8 month old, and I work part time at a job that demands more brain power than I generally have. Though I enjoy cleaning, I’m rather messy by nature, but I keep the house pretty picked up, thanks to my very Type-A husband who never adds to the mess and complains when things are not to his standards. He has learned to lower those standards quite a bit since our first child, but they still seem to be far beyond my reach. Our house is easily cleaner than any friend or family we visit who also has kids. The only homes that are equally clean or cleaner have a cleaning service. Hiring a cleaner is not an option for us. Before returning to work, I would clean late at night after everyone was in bed, but I can’t do that anymore and function at work. I want to believe that my husband is just unreasonable to expect more in this season, but what if he’s not? Are there parents out there who have the house picked up and dinner made on time daily, who do laundry regularly enough that no one ever runs out of clothes, who vacuum and clean bathrooms more than once a month (if I’m lucky), and who still manage to sleep and function reasonably well? What is your system? Type-A moms out there, I want to learn from you. Working moms especially (but not only), please share your tips and tricks.