Most women have too much to do and too little time to do it, especially if you are wives, mothers, breadwinners, serve the role of taxi driver, house keeper, cook, laundress, groundskeeper, etc. That's enough for 3 women. If you also write, factor in a 2nd career. Outside of enlisting the husband's and/or family's help, what else can you do? How about a tip from Mrs. Jetson? Buy a robot that cleans. I'm serious. I recently bought an iRobot Roomba. Trust me, it is a writer's best friend. While I'm writing, it is vacuuming. I tell people this cute little machine is like a pet who cleans (instead of creating messes, like my other pets.) :-) What a fantastic invention. I've wanted one of these for years, but I decided to wait until the company improved it. The one I have is a 5th generation.
The only work involved is cleaning out the dust bin and filter after each one hour cleaning session. My work in this takes from 1 - 5 minutes. Since I have a long-haired indoor cat, I also clean out the brushes and front wheel after each session. If you don't have a long-haired pet, then the brushes only need to be cleaned ever 2 - 3 sessions. It is also helpful to pick up things off the floor. If you leave socks lying around, the Roomba will likely eat one and turn itself off. The model I have is designed to not tangle on cords or rug fringes, but it still does at times, so I lift all cords from it's path. It will go from hard floor surfaces to carpet with no problems.
Mine is a model 530, which doesn't schedule, but some of the models above that do have a scheduling feature, which means if you want, you can set it to vacuum every Tuesday at 2 pm or whenever. Since I like to be present when it's cleaning, I didn't need that feature. It also comes with 2 virtual walls. These are like invisible walls that force the Roomba to stay in one area until it's clean. Once the Roomba detects the floors are clean, it sends a signal to the virtual wall, which allows the Roomba through to the next area.
Two cute things it does are, 1) when I push the clean button, it beeps and backs away from the charger dock much like a big truck. 2) when the battery is growing weak and Roomba needs to recharge, it searches for its home. The base sends out a signal and leads Roomba home where it drives right up on the base. It then plays the well known music tones for "charge". Cute!
Additional nice things about Roomba are that it cleans better than my regular vacuum. It isn't as loud as my regular vacuum. And it will also go back under the sofa, chairs, bed and dresser to suck up all that hidden dust and lint we'd have a hard time getting to without moving heavy pieces of furniture.
iRobot also makes a Scooba, a floor washing robot which mops for you. I'm saving my pennies!