After years of waiting, I finally got the go-ahead to hire a cleaner for the house. Yesterday was her first day. The impact of this action hasn't fully sunk in yet, but I'm sure it will become apparent in the coming weeks when I don't have to clean anything.
You know how they say you have to clean before the cleaner comes? Boy, is that true! Well, not really clean, but straighten up. The house looks great. And, since she will be coming every two weeks, the house won't have time to fall back into cluttered mode, so it should always look pretty good around here from now on.