Are you old enough to remember these home ec kitchens where we were taught how to cook and keep things clean as we went?
The teacher put us in small groups per kitchen and had us prepare a meal with the recipes and ingredients provided. We worked together with prep, cooking/baking, setting the table, eating the meals and the clean-up afterwards.
I remember one time I had to sweep the floor after we were finished. The teacher said I didn't do it good enough because I did not pull the chairs away from the table to sweep under the table. As far as I was concerned, it wasn't dirty under the table or chairs, but she said it had to be done anyway.
Now tell me, when you have a family and a job, pulling the chairs out if things look clean is not a priority, right? You only have time to take care of the messes.
My teacher was a perfectionist. I am not. If it looks neat and obvious mess is cleaned up, it is good enough for me. I have other things I need to do, and other things I want to do. So I will never pass the white glove test, but who cares?
When I was younger and able I would do a deep clean of the whole house at least once a year, just as my mother did and it was usually in the spring when all things in nature are renewed with new life.
We are still having lots of winter and I am so ready for spring to arrive. I do hope to get some spring cleaning done but it will be minimal at best.