My father always says there is sheer laziness and there is smart laziness. The first one is not an attractive trait while the other one is about finding the most efficient and effective way to cut down on your work load without neglecting anything. I am all for smart laziness and like Dad, I am pretty good at it. Utilising this ability makes staying organised a much simpler task.
Sometimes the most efficient method is obvious to us while other times we need to be taught, and the best way to learn is to have an open mind. I tend to be the kind of person who having no desire to spend more time on unpleasant tasks than necessary, can usually figure out an efficient method quite quickly. While others whose special talents lie elsewhere might need a little help with this. I have a bad habit of assuming that everyone shares this strange talent and neglect to share this insight believing it is common knowledge.
With that in mind I am going to share with you my weekly housecleaning routine and some photos showing what some areas of my home look like once I done. Don’t get me wrong I do no love housecleaning – I have not gone quite that mad yet – but I do love a clean house.
The first seemingly obvious rule of my household cleaning is – if it isn’t dirty don’t waste time cleaning it. Below is the routine I follow keeping rule one in mind at all times and using my microfibre cloth cleaning methods of course.
Going room by room…
- Put away anything that is out of place
- I dust all surfaces that don’t need wet cleaning not forgetting skirting boards, wall art and door recesses
- Clean all glass surfaces not forgetting TV and computer screens
- Wipe scuff marks off walls, if any.
- Wipe out microwave.
- Wipe down all surfaces including any marks on cupboard doors and cook top. (I move anything on benches and clean the area under them)
- Clean toaster, kettle and cutting board.
- Clean sink/s including splash back
- Clean bath, shower, basin and toilet.
- Dust window sill
Once all these tasks are done I vacuum all floors and then mop the hard floor areas.
You are probably looking at this list and thinking what’s so efficient about that, it sounds like hard work to me. But the trick to this is that aside from wiping down the kitchen benches after preparing food and perhaps a quick sweep of the kitchen and entry floor if they get too messy, I do not repeat any of the above tasks until the next week. And because I hate cleaning the shower so much I only do it every other week. Once the routine has become habit you find you whip through it in no time because you don’t have to think about it. I usually start cleaning my 3 bedroom, 1 study, 2 1/2 bathroom house at about 8am and am done by lunch.
Of course there are chores that need doing constantly like cleaning the dishes (thank God for dishwashers), laundry and cooking but that’s life. I only periodically clean above the fridge and kitchen cupboards, the oven, the objects in the display cabinet, windows and outdoor areas etc.
Of course the key is to stay tidy and organised in the between time. This doesn’t mean slaving everyday. It just means spending that fraction of time it takes to put things away after you have finished using them. It also means knowing where everything is at any given moment, which isn’t hard once you are organised.
Here’s the clincher, the not so common sense moral to this whole story. You will actually waste more time and effort rummaging around in your mess trying to find things and trying to perform tasks amidst a mess than you actually would if you just kept it tidy. Things get lost and broken in a mess, so it can also cost you money and create clutter. I suppose it just depends on what you want to spend your time and money on.
ITEM 289 OF 365 LESS THINGS
One for the donation box. This program is now way out of date and we are mostly an Apple family now. Maybe some else can use it.
5 Things I am grateful for today
- A visit with my parents – Even though it will be brief it will still be nice to see them.
- Laptops – Their portability comes in handy when you are trying to get a blog post out and you are running out of time to catch a train for an overnight stay. I may not need to take it but the option is there if I do.
- All that life has given me – I have really had a very fortunate life and I should never take that for granted.
- I am finally getting over my cold
- Being Thin – I don’t take any credit if for it I think it is just the way I was made and it actually does simplify life in many ways.
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