Well ok, not just “I”, I have a little help… How We Keep The Apartment Clean(ish)!
I came across the greatest tip ever at Organizing Made Fun to keep your house clean in 15 minutes a day, so I figured I’d try it out. 15 minutes a day is fairly reasonable for anyone; that’s only like 1% of your entire day. That leaves 1,425 whole other minutes to do other things besides cleaning!
Anyway, I’ve been trying it out in our apartment for the past month or so, and it’s actually working. The messy state of our apartment has been bugging me for a long time. For God’s sake there are still seven boxes in our bedroom that haven’t been unpacked from the move! Seven! And we’ve been here since August! Clearly I/we still have some more work to do, but this 15 minutes a day thing has helped me to keep my sanity regarding some of the bigger cleaning issues. And actually, it doesn’t even really take me 15 minutes each day cuz we have a relatively small apartment, and cuz I just don’t care that much. Putting stuff on the shopping list? I’m totally anal about that. A bit of dust on our bookshelves? Meh.
So our cleaning schedule is pretty simple; it doesn’t even include things like dusting, and on the day I vacuum I mostly just vacuum the one rug we have in our apartment and call it a day (hardwood floors for the win!)
We try to make sure we’re putting things away after we use them on a regular basis, but Monday is set aside to get anything we missed. Tuesday is for the kitchen (we do have to do dishes more often than once a week, clearly, but Tuesday puts the kitchen back to its ground zero clean state). Wednesday is for the bathroom, and I actually really dislike doing this part so JonMarke cleans the entire bathroom for me! What a dear. 🙂 Thursday is vacuuming. Even just vacuuming our one rug makes a HUGE difference in the apartment’s appearance. And there are some spots (under the portable dishwasher, in corners, under the desks, etc.) that just gather cat hair and dust like it’s their job, so I take the handheld vacuum to those areas on Thursdays too. And then, cuz we like our Friday nights and weekends free, we do laundry on whichever day we get around to it (usually Sunday nights).
So that’s basically it. It takes about 15 minutes a day or less, and it really helps. A clean house is always nice, and we can mostly keep it that way with very little effort. No more spending all day cleaning once every week or two, this is much better. And the best part is, none of that stuff is really going to lack for attention if we miss a day because we’ve got better things to do. Or because we’re just lazy.
This is still sort of a work in progress. Dusting isn’t on the schedule, mostly because right now it’s not a big enough problem to need attending to once a week. But it should go on there somewhere eventually. And anyone paying attention will notice that none of the cleaning on this schedule pertains to the bedroom. That’s because I have bigger and better things in store for the bedroom! No, not really, it’s really because the bedroom is a huge mess (remember the boxes waiting to be unpacked) and I can’t justify spending a few minutes a week “cleaning” it when I haven’t even found the time to tackle the bigger problem of organizing it. And it’s just not big on my list of priorities. I can get from the door to my wardrobe to the bed, and for now that’s good enough.
But this is just the building block for an ever-changing schedule that we will adapt as our cleaning wants and needs grow and change. I encourage you to try it out! Not necessarily this exact schedule, but pick what things need weekly attention in your home, and break them down into smaller, more manageable parts. Then come back here and let me know how it goes! Do you have another cleaning method that you use? I’d love to hear about it. Like I said, this is going to grow and change and I would always love to hear your ideas!
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