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The Ultimate Cleaning Schedule: How + When to Clean Everything in Your House

Keep your home in tip-top shape with our step-by-step guide that walks you through what to clean and how frequently you should clean it.

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Daily: The Pick Up

Clutter is the number one enemy of a clean house since it easily and quickly gets out of control. What could have been a 10-minute daily task turns into an hours-long chore during your weekend reset. Stay on top of the chaos by doing a quick walkthrough at the end of the day. Put any misplaced items back in their spots, organize shoes and coats by the door and sort through the mail.

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Daily: Dishes

Our tried-and-true method: Empty the dishwasher in the morning so it's ready to take in all the dishes and cups used throughout the day. Before heading to bed, make sure all the dishes are loaded and press start.

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Daily: Make Bed

If you find it arduous to perfectly place decorative pillows on a completely made bed, we're going to give you a little out. (And if you don't, by all means, embrace the pillows!) Be your own turn-down service. When you get out of bed, straighten the sheets, comforter and blankets, plump your pillows and then turn down the covers. Coming home to a bed that's tidy and ready for sleep is a relaxing end to any day. Plus, you don't even have to remove the extra pillows.

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Daily: Wipe Down Countertops

After you've loaded the dirty dishes or finished your bedtime routine, do a quick wipe down of the kitchen and bathrooms countertops. It'll keep water stains at bay, sweep away any crumbs and guarantee sparkling surfaces in the morning.

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