I am a busy working woman as well. I do all the housekeeping by myself, with little inputs from DH when hes in good mood. I am not against keeping maids,but I dont need one now. Might hire one when we buy our own home in India and settle back there during my retirement years. For instance, my mom who retired recently, she calls in a maid twice every week for 3 -4 hours per day to deep clean our two storey house. She makes sure she accompanies the maid to all corners of the house and get it done the way she wants. Rest of the days , she just brushes the house and keep things orderly. As of now, its just me and DH. I think I am more messy than him, some tired days I go to sleep and my house looks a tornado just hit from the days busy schedule. But then I clear up everything the next day morning before work - I cant stand a messy house either. This is how I maintain a clean enough house without pushing myself too hard: 1. Discarding or donating stuff we don't need. Some gifts,books,souvenirs go into a cardboard because kept away neatly for future use - maybe when we get a bigger home. Right now, I have enough stuff! 2. Keeping a clean sink before work or bedtime. I clean the utensils I use as I cook - if it takes a minute , I do it. I hate doing the dishes to be frank. I wipe the kitchen counters and brush the floors while food is cooking on stove so that I finish all at once. 3. 10 minute speed cleaning - before work, I just go around our home and put things in order. I sweep the floors every two days or if it looks dirty, spot clean with a wet towel for stains/spills on the floor, arrange the living room, put away used clothes in the laundry bag or load the washing machine, get the clothes from outside and fold them etc. All this while I wait for the rice to cook in pressure cooker. Mopping is for the weekend or once in a week as I spot clean regularly. 4. I clean the bathroom before bath time every alternate day. On days I need to rush, I just clean the washbasin/toilet, other days for the floor/bathtub and once in a month on a weekend day, the walls. 5. There will always be one weekend in a month when I gear up to deep clean the house. That day I dont cook - I don't want to get tired for work the next day. Dont be hard on yourself. Enjoy the important things in your life - a clean house is only a part of your happiness.