I have this great book that I got as a gift called, Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook and it has answers to any and every question you could have on taking care of the home - it's 719 pages, not including the index! Anyway, here are 6 things she says to do every day and why:
**I should have mentioned, I pulled this book out while I was actually cleaning - a rare event- and I had to brush the dust off to be able to read it. Ok, so I'm exaggerating...a little...so please don't think that this is what I do everyday! I wish!**
1. MAKE THE BED
Tidiness begets tidiness. A crisply made bed makes the whole room seem more orderly, which makes it less likely that you'll let other things - such as clothes and papers - pile up around it.
2. MANAGE CLUTTER
Whenever you leave a room, take a quick look around for anything that isn't where it should be. Pick it up and put it where it belongs. Insist that everyone in the household do the same.
3. SORT THE MAIL
Take a few minutes to open, read, and sort mail as soon as you bring it inside. Keep a trash bin near your sorting area for junk mail. Drop other mail into one of four in-boxes: personal correspondence, bills, catalogs, and filing.
4. CLEAN AS YOU COOK
Instead of filling the sink with pots and dishes, wash them or put them in the dishwasher as you prepare a meal.
5. WIPE UP SPILLS WHILE THEY'RE FRESH
Whether it's tomato sauch on the cooktop or makeup on the bathroom counter, almost anything is faster and easier to remove if you attend to it immediately.
6. SWEEP THE KITCHEN FLOOR
Every evening once you've finished washing up after dinner, sweep the floor. This will keep tough-to-clean dirt and grime from building up, which will make the weekly mopping much quicker.