Always be bussing.
Thinking of Alec Baldwin’s “always be closing” speech, I think one key to sanity as a father is to always be bussing.
Headed upstairs and there’s a basket of laundry? Grab it on the way.
Headed downstairs and there are some water glasses scattered on the bedroom side tables? Grab them on the way.
The kid brings an element of unending chaos. The only way to make a dent is to ALWAYS be bussing. If you wait until it’s time to clean, it’ll be an insurmountable pile.