Why go it alone? When you've got a whole house to clean, or even just the downstairs bathrooms and kitchen, ask your kids--and your husband--to lend a hand. Younger children can pick up toys and put them in bins for you to stow while older ones sort and wash laundry or do floors. If your hubby doesn't want to dust (surprise!), he could tidy up out front before company arrives.
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