I've been following this tumblr, Unfuck Your Habitat (...hee), which is a string of somewhat violent exhortations to clean interspersed with GIF-based praise for follow through. The idea is that cleaning in small chunks is much more productive and long-lasting than cleaning marathons that make you hate yourself and everything you own. It's SO TRUE YOU GUYS. The author suggests going in rounds of 20/10...20 minutes cleaning, 10 minutes of planned break. Here's a before shot:
As you can see, it didn't take me just an hour, because I had a couple non-great-room 20/10s thrown in. For instance, I took the shoes you see under the chairs in to my closet and did a 20 in there organizing my shoes and closet (more on that in a bit). But the planned breaks made everything a million times easier, and I feel super accomplished!! I highly recommend following UFYH and following the directives. Love it!