There are days when it seems like the cleaning will just never end. From washing dishes and doing laundry, to vacuuming, scrubbing the bathroom, taking out the rubbish and doing a spot of dusting, you could easily spend the whole day tidying up.
Of course, you also have other things to take care of too - like the school run, paying the bills, preparing nutritious meals and finding time to sleep. So how can a busy parent get it all done?
Well, if the results from a recent survey by cleaning products company Vileda are anything to go by, it might be a good idea to get the kids a bit more involved in household chores.
The results, which were reported by the Daily Mail, indicated that a quarter of children between the ages of five and 16 do no housework at all. Of the kids that do help out around the house, around 20 per cent do nothing more than tidy their own rooms.
Of course, getting youngsters to take on a few chores can be a big help to busy parents, and it will also impart valuable life lessons.
Lindsey Taylor of Vileda seems to agree. According to the Daily Mail she said: "Helping out with the cleaning can be a great way of teaching your children about responsibilities."
So how do you encourage your little ones to put on aprons for children and get scrubbing? Well, first make sure that they understand what's expected. A chore chart posted on the fridge could be a good way to make sure everyone in the house knows what their responsibilities are.
Think about the way you're wording your request. Give the youngster a choice between two tasks - such as mopping the floors or cleaning the bathroom. The child will be more likely to co-operate if they feel like they have a say, even though both options are still housework.
What's more, you may also want to consider offering a reward. Ms Taylor explains: "It's also a great way of helping them to understand that you need to earn your money by rewarding them with pocket money for doing their share of the housework."