For the first time in I don't know how long, our house is tidy. Most things are put away, the laundry is done, and everything looks neater.
Don't get me wrong; the house isn't clean. We hired a person to come in to clean and she'll be cleaning our house tomorrow afternoon. She wouldn't be able to clean the surfaces or the floor if they were covered so we had to tidy up. I forget how nice our house actually looks when it's all tidy. I can't wait to see what it'll look like when it's nice and clean.
She expects to spend about four or five hours giving our house a once-over after which she'll come to clean for a couple of hours every two weeks. We probably don't strictly need the house cleaned that well that often but if it is kept up this way, the house will be easier to clean. Plus it'll stay tidier.