1. Make the Beds
Making the bed makes the room seem much more clean and in order. Martha Stewart says it will promote more cleaning up.
2. Manage Clutter
Whenever you leave a room, take a quick look around for anything that isn't where it should be. Pick it up and put it where it belongs.
3. Sort the Mail
Immediately through away junk mail that might pile up in the kitchen or the desk. Have a tickler file (a small file folder or bins) with four categories to sort the mail: needs attention, bills, catalogs, filing.
4. Clean as you Cook
Instead of filing the sick with pots and dishes, wash them or put them in the dishwasher as you prepare the meal.
5. Wipe up Spills While They're Fresh
Whether it's tomato sauce on the cooktop or makeup on the bathroom counter, almost anything is faster and easier to remove if you attend to it immediately.
6. Sweep the Kitchen Floors
Every evening once you've finished washing up after dinner, sweep the floor. This will keep though-to-clean dirt and grime from building up, which will make the weekly mopping much quicker.