I give my babysitter a lil extra every week for the chores she helps me with. Sometimes it's laundry, sometimes cleaning the kitchen and livingroom, and getting the kids to clean their room. Once a month, I pay her a regular babysitting day's fee for her to just clean the things that I hardly get to (like the walls, shelves, cabinets) while I take the kids out for a few hours. It gives me peace of mind to know the kids have a clean place to live and I don't stress about not spending time with them to clean. I know moms whose houses are spotless and kids completely neglected. I say, the dishes can wait for tonight, right now we're off to the zoo!