The kids get to spend about an hour a night after dinner watching cartoons. If they want a little more time they have to earn it by mating socks. I dump the basket right on the living room floor and they watch cartoons while they mate them. They rarely complain because they get to watch a few more episodes and it saves me about 30 minutes a day.
I reserve one day a month for catch-up cleaning. I do all the things that normally don't get done with everyday cleaning. I wash the shower curtains and the bed spreads, and wipe down the walls. It saves a lot of time during the rest of the month, because I don't have to worry about it. I know when the day is and I know that it will get done.
Do you feel like spending an hour trying to get Play-Doh out of your carpet? Save a ton of time by spending $2 on a plastic table cloth. Spread it out on the floor and let the kids go wild with Play-Doh or paint. It also helps at lunch time.