excellent advice so far. disposable when you can. one dish meals as often as possible. take out will become a good friend.
as far as the cleaning goes, you'll either (A) be up half the night trying to keep up with it and you'll wind up mad or (B) you'll just have to learn to let it go until you have a day off work/classes or spring breaks etc.
but i do find the ocassional "yell at the hubby" speach does get him in gear for a bit (getting ready to have one of these in the morning
). i also assign chores for the oldest to help out a little more. even the 3 y.o. has "chores" that he must do everyday.
and then when you are at your very wits end because EVERYTHING is driving you crazy, load the kidlets up and enjoy an afternoon at the park doing some awesome quality family time.
because let's face it, when we are on our death beds do you really thing some of our last words are gonna be "i wish i had cleaned more." ????? nope, didn't think so.
good luck on getting that acceptance letter.