I agree about loathing the amount of Christmas toys coming in... That is why we set the 3 gift limit. Anything more than this is WAY too overwhelming. Extra toys are brought out at birthdays, sick days, etc.. And I always EXCHANGE toys, meaning an old toy is sent to Goodwill for every new toy. We live in a REALLY small home with limited space so this has to be done. Plus, my DD doesn't even miss the toys because they are the ones she has grown out of or has become bored with!
That being said, I hate cleaning, too. Floors are the worst. We have all hardwood floors so we can't just vacuum - you have to mop them too! One "rule" that has really helped keep the floors clean is the "no outdoor shoes worn in the house" rule. Outdoor shoes are kicked off at the door and then we go barefoot or put on slippers.
Having pets REALLY adds to the cleaning duties, as well. We have two cats that shed constantly. I try to brush them regularly, but I am still forever picking up cat hair dustbunnies!
I am in the process of creating a daily chore list that will hopefully help me feel like SOMETHING is being accomplished. Right now, I clean as needed and it just seems like I never catch up! At least I have converted to non-toxic cleaning products, so at least I am not poisoning myself or my family at the same time!