How to simplify cooking and cleaning, arrange for childcare, and come up smiling: a handbook of specific advice for assorted contingencies. Get organized, the authors insist: make lists, orient your children, and be prepared to compromise. Husbands are more flexible these days--take a fair but firm stance. And keep in mind that the real world, however sympathetic to your household disasters, doesn't want to be inconvenienced by them. As for housework, revise your standards downward and involve all able-bodied residents. (The most harried can try ""innovative bedding""--a one-piece pillowcase, top sheet, and bottom sheet combination that streamlines bedmaking.) Greenleaf and Schaffer, aware of contentious areas, further advise on sickness (kids, not mothers), family time, and more general issues--eating habits, choice of friends. Usually the suggestions mix expedience with personal considerations, as in the pet hierarchy. Avoid pets as long as possible; try cage or water pets first; cats are easier than dogs. ""But if a dog it is to be, bear in mind that all dogs are not created equal: small ones are easier than large ones, short-haired are better than long-haired, and large, long-haired dogs that slobber are the absolute worst."" Shortcuts for the long haul.