Keeping the house in order can be overwhelming, particularly if you have small children. Plan a power hour. Have your wife go through the entire house room by room, putting a post-it note on each door listing what cleaning needs to be done in that room.
Divide the rooms up between family members and start a timer. Younger children may need to partner with someone. Make it a competition to beat the clock and finish within an hour. Then go out and celebrate with ice cream.