When you have a busy schedule, it's easy to postpone tasks like vacuuming. Pesky chores aren't just about keeping your interior spaces comfortable, though. Cleaning extends the life of everything from your carpeting and drapes to your refrigerator. It also helps keep your family safe from harmful bacteria, mold and insects. Stop thinking about cleaning as a necessary evil and start looking at it as a proactive step you can take to protect your family and safeguard your belongings. When you give it the respect it deserves, you may feel less resentful about the amount of time cleaning will take out of your social schedule.