1. Vacum cleaner from somewhere like Sears with a maintenence warranty. A $100 dollar or under model will do but you want the warranty. They will unclog and repair whatever needs doing for free, even if a part needs replacing you pay for the part but the rest is free. Well worth it, fur backs up and blows out the sturdiest vacum.
2. They tell me the Furminator is amazing, haven't tried it yet, but must cut down on shed fur.
3. Less carpeting, more floor. Fur cements itself into carpeting in corners, on steps. Bare polished floor you can defur corners every other day or so fairly easy.