What I wouldn't give to be able to hire a cleaner!!!
I'd even be happy to hire someone just to sweep, vacuum and mop the downstairs floors and the stairway every day. With (formerly 9, until Willi died almost 2 weeks ago) 8 cats, you can imagine the fur, esp. with 4 Maine Coons.
Actually, I enjoy cleaning (usually), but it frustrates me that I can't keep the house up to my picky standard. I have a peeve about seeing what I call "tumbleweeds" of fur lying around! The surfaces don't get dusty much, but the floors get furred-up fast. I really should do them every day--I at least pick up the tumbleweeds, or use the Dust-Buster on them every day. The stairs drive me nuts. They must fight on them, as I find chunks of fur. I just can't stand to see dirty steps! (They are wood, so it shows more than on carpet.)
DH can't understand why, when I'm sick, I'm up, cleaning. "Just let it go!". Right. I tried that once when I had the flu; I let it slide for 2 extra days, and it was AWFUL. It just took me twice as long to do my weekly cleaning later.
Thankfully, we have most of the litter boxes in the garage, which helps with the floor messes.
My weapons of choice: wet mop Swiffers, Clorox-type wipes, a rubber pet-hair brush, and the Dust-Buster. I highly recommend them for cat owners! You can wipe up a mess fast with the Swiffers, and they leave a nice scent--great for when you have company arriving very soon. A swipe with a Swiffer can make it seem as if you did a thorough floor-cleaning. The Dust-Buster is the best $35 I ever spent. I can suck up dry cat food from the floor so easily, and also the tumbleweeds.