There are some household chores that should be done every day--miss a single day and you could find yourself living with a mountain of dirty laundry and heaps of dirty dishes. By tackling some chores on a daily basis, you keep the mess to a minimum, and make it easy to keep the house enjoyable for its occupants and presentable for guests. Once you begin tackling chores on a daily basis, they become a part of your routine, and you will be able to complete them quickly and efficiently.
Pick up any laundry that is on the floor and deposit it into a hamper or basket. You don't actually have to wash laundry every day, but picking up dirty clothing and towels serves two purposes. First, nothing makes a house look messier than stray socks and dirty towels on the floor and second, laundry left on the floor invites other family members to add to the pile.
Throw Away Trash
Make a circuit of the house a few times a day and throw away any trash you find. You will be amazed at how many little pieces you can spot, especially if you have children. Look for food wrappers, paper napkins, towels, and cups, crumbs or scraps that are too large to vacuum and anything else that is clearly garbage. Slip any recyclables into the recycling bin at the same time, if you find bottles, glass, or newsprint.
Remove Dirty Dishes
Wander through the house at least once a day, and remove any dishes, cups, plates or silverware from other areas of the house. Leaving used dishes around looks messy and may even invite bugs into your home. At the end of the day, place the dishes in the dishwasher or wash them by hand.
Make the Bed
Make the bed the minute you get out of it and your room will look neat and tidy all day long. If you have kids, it will be difficult to get them to make their beds if you don't make your own. By tackling this chore first thing in the morning, you can be sure it is done. If you wait until you have time later in the day, you may not get to it before bedtime rolls around.
Vacuum and Sweep Floors
Finish your daily cleaning by sweeping and/or vacuuming the floors. Clean floors make a big difference in how your home looks. If you have a two-story home, consider investing in a vacuum for each floor so you won't have to carry it up and down the steps. Concentrate on the areas that receive the most traffic, usually hallways, entrances and the kitchen if you are pressed for time.
- "Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home", Martha Stewart, 2006
- "Sink Reflections"; Marla Cilley; 2002
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