So tough, really, but true. When you have kids in your home, your home will probably look like you have kids living in your home. You can have it spotless at 8am only to look like you never cleaned by 8:15am. Kids do that. Do what you can. Keep it clean.
But, you know, kids like to dump stuff out, mix paints, color on things, and create things. And that? That means a mess often. Your success isn’t based on the throw pillows always on the couch, nor is your happiness.