Before you swish a bowl, wipe a counter or mop a floor, you must de-clutter. “It make makes cleaning anything much easier, ” says Marla Cilley, a house- and life-keeping expert known to her devotees at the FlyLady. For starters, “put things away, right away, the minute you walk through the door. Everything needs a place.” To that end, find accessible, logical locales for things to live: key hooks by the front door; trinket dishes for change and knick-knacks; sturdy hangers for an edited coat closet (donate excess outerwear to charity). Routinely take inventory of your stuff, asking yourself the following for each item: “Do you love it? Do you have a place for it? Does it make you smile?” If all of the above are true, Cilley says keep it. If not, onto the “give away” or “throw away” pile it should go.