These plants are classics and mostly easy to grow. The Chinese evergreen and Schefflera were unwieldly and too big for me. Favorites, still with me for 20+ years, are the Pothos, Heart-Leaf Philodendron, Spider and Sansevieria because they are just about care-free. For busy people, the pothos and heart leaf will begin to droop if they need water and recover quickly. Plus, you can't overwater them!
Note: to add to the 'green' around the house especially in low light places, trim the Pothos & Heart-Leaf Philodendron vines, strip the bottom few leaves and put into a clear glass container with just water and they will thrive as well as the plant in dirt. Just top off the water every few days. I use Eleanor's for daily watering, and they do fine. Every year or so wash the roots and replace them in fresh water. I love the 'green' they provide around the house. In the first picture on the left is pothos in dirt, right plant is heart-leaf in dirt. The second pic is heart-leaf in water, and the third pothos in water.