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Video:What to Clean Daily

with Kaytie Sproul

Learning about what to clean daily can help to make sure that your home is neat and sanitized. Here, see tips about what to clean daily.See Transcript

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Transcript:What to Clean Daily

Hi, I'm Kaytie Sproul, here for About.com and today we're going to talk about what needs to be cleaned in your home on a daily basis.

General Things to Clean Daily

When we get down to the nitty gritty of it, what we're really talking about is chores … and nobody likes to do their chores. However, keeping up on a few basic areas of your home will lessen your overall housekeeping load, leaving you more opportunities to relax and enjoy your down-time.

Clean Daily: Dishes

Let's start by doing the dishes. Doing dishes on a daily basis is preventative: it keeps us from having to deal with fungal growth in the sink and caked on food particles that nearly require a jackhammer to remove. We've all been left with piles of dishes, which is no fun, but if you do them as you make them, it's really not such a bad chore. Even doing a sink-load of them once a day is better than doing a week's worth of them on Sunday morning.

Clean Daily: Dishes

Our next daily cleaning stop is the laundry room. Not everyone needs to wash laundry daily, but those of us with families find that at least a daily load of laundry is necessary. Between work clothes and school clothes, bedding and towels, our families can generate a lot of laundry. Rather than spending an entire weekend washing and folding laundry, you can get a load started right before dinner and fold it before going to bed. Having two central laundry baskets - one for delicates and whites and one for colors - is a great way to cut down on the time spent sorting.

Clean Daily: Stacks of Mail and Bills

In the midst of all your housekeeping, be sure to find time for some secretarial duties – that's right, it's time to file the paperwork. Junk mail, newspapers, bills, receipts … it all piles up. Find the time to file your paperwork on a daily basis and you'll thank yourself later. A good way to do it is to have one or two accordion-style file folders for the bills, receipts, and paperwork that need to be saved – anything else can be thrown out immediately.

Tify Up Around the House Daily

Last on our daily cleaning list is tidying up. Spending 15 minutes picking up and putting away keeps your home from becoming a disaster area that takes hours to put back in order. Stick to the main rooms of your home where you entertain company and leave the heavy-duty stuff for another time. You really want to focus on straightening the couch pillows, picking up toys, and doing any other clutter control that will help your home stay in tip-top shape. Cleaning our homes on a daily basis is a necessity for those of us who want to keep things running smoothly and have more time on the weekends for the fun stuff. Whether you straighten things up as you go, or spend a committed hour to your daily housekeeping, you'll be saving time and energy in the long run.

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