One thing that's made our lives a lot better is minor tidying up. Kevin can now, most nights, do whatever dishes are left in the sink before he goes to bed. And I have time in the morning to pick up any leftover toys, straighten cushions and fold couch throws, clean up scraps of paper, etc. and so on. It only takes about 10-15 minutes to make a sweep through the first floor of this small house, but oh my god, what a difference it makes to my morning sanity. If I do it early, I get hours of a relatively clean house before Kavi wakes up, and even once she's up, the toy chaos is more manageable. Once Anand wakes (and I'm no longer afraid of kitchen noise waking him), I can usually wipe down the kitchen counters and stove too, and if Kevin didn't manage the dishes the night before, I can take care of them.
I think I got into this habit when we were having house showings every day, and had to keep the place relatively neat, but it seems to be carrying over now -- and I love it. Hooray for the ten-minute clean-up! Ten minutes of cleaning = many hours of pleasure.
(Why, yes. It is easy to please me these days. My standards are low, but that's a good thing.)