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.
Sort the Mail
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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.
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.