Even if you don't cook, countertops get grimy from stuff we set on them. Once a day, deal with the clutter and then wipe your counters with warm, soapy water. If you do like to cook, clean them before and after preparing food.

A pile of dirty dishes in the sink leads to pests and odors. They'll also make your kitchen look messy even when it's not. Wash immediately after use or load them in the dishwasher.

Sinks collect a lot of germs and grime. Clean yours daily with soap and water, then wipe them with a disinfecting cloth. Get the faucet handles first and then the basin.

Damp towels can't dry well and will start to stink of mildew. Change hand and dish towels daily, and bath towels every 2 to 3 uses--or more often for those with sensitive skin.

The bed is your bedroom's focal point. When it looks messy, your entire room does, too. It only takes 2 minutes to make, so why not do it? Getting into this habit in the morning gives you a pleasant place to sleep at the end of a long day.

Everybody poops. Even dogs and cats. But their waste can make them (and you) very sick.

Scoop your cat's litterbox at least once a day. If you have a dog, pick up their yard waste daily, too.

Keep bathrooms fresh and control odors by cleaning the toilet seat and rim daily. Use separate disinfecting wipes on each plus one on the toilet handle to kill germs there, too.

Using a squeegee daily to dry your shower stops mildew and hard water spots. For shower curtains, give them a shake, then leave them partially open for airflow.

Empty your kitchen trash can nightly even if the bag isn't full. Food and garbage left to rot in your trashcan will attract household pests and stink up your home.

Vacuums are better than brooms at getting dirt out of your home. You don't have to clean the entire floor, though. Get high-traffic areas and obvious spills daily, then clean wall-to-wall once a week.