I have been feeling a bit like a hampster in a wheel with my housekeeping tasks, and there have been a bunch of improvements that I want to do (like organize closets, get rid of books we don't actually want at all, etc.) but have not been able to get to. No more! My new strategy is to alternate one regular upkeep job with one improvement job.
a) sweep the bedroom
b) cull my shoe collection
a) load the dishwasher
b) sew a plastic-bag-holder so I can stash my ungodly pile of bags (though I also plan on sewing reusable grocery bags, so it may become obsolete quickly)
It's working very well so far! Alex gave me a big boost of help/inspiration by reorganizing the living room while I was away. WHAT a nice change!