This is your “must clean” daily routine.

By Taryn Williford
Updated June 30, 2016
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There’s no big secret to keeping an impeccable home. It just requires diligence. So we put together a five-part plan that targets the areas of your home most likely to collect dirt, grime and clutter. If this list is all you get to do in the day, consider it a major win, and know that you’re making the best of your homekeeping time.

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Sort the Mail

Nothing will take over your home faster. Nothing. First, go through today’s mail and shred or toss unneeded mail into trash or recyling bins. Then take the rest, open each envelope up and—here’s the important part—act on it. If you can handle it now, by writing a check or filling out a form, do it.

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Clear the Dishes From the Sink

You know that relationship advice that suggests you should never go to bed angry? I think you should never go to bed with dishes in the sink. Wash what needs washing and clear the way for the new day.

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Wipe Down Kitchen and Bathroom Counters

Without dishes and junk mail cluttering the counter, this should be an easy task. Grab a wipe or rag and wipe everything down, then...

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Sweep the Kitchen Floor

You can’t do one without the other. Wipe crumbs from the counter to the floor, then sweep the floor clean.

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Organize Shoes by the Front Door

Just like mail, here’s something else that always seems to multiply. Before bed every night, gather the loose shoes and leave one pair per person by the front door, and take every other pair to the closets and bedrooms where they belong.