Friends of mine (who are married to each other) have a daily 10 minute cleanup. I think they even set a timer, and then whatever gets done in that 10 minutes is it. They reported that it made housekeeping in general much more manageable.
So, I tried it out.
They were right.
My space is so small that 10 minutes puts a good dent into whatever mess is lying around. Knowing I only have to tidy for 10 minutes makes the task feel less arduous. On occasion, I’ll tidy longer if I feel it’s easier to just finish whatever task I am working on rather than leave it for the next day. Now, I wake up to a tidy and clean apartment most days. It’s great.