Domestic humorist Peg Bracken suggests a strategy for housekeeping that is the foundation of my approach. The first few rounds can be trying. Choose a time when the family is away, life support is easy to come by, and you are free to devote more than a day to the process. In I Hate To Housekeep, Bracken suggests tossing the house first thing in the morning, stripping beds, emptying cupboards, and starting whatever else is hanging up easy production under the roof.
Putting things back together generates interesting decisions.
Bracken consciously recommends this strategy to compel finishing the work. I find when I'm literally knee deep in the house, it's easy to identify things that aren't doing a damned thing to earn their keep. The process is like initiating a personal tsunami. The more often it happens, the easier it is to manage. After thirty-six years in the same place, I can reconfigure two rooms single-handed in half an hour.