Bear with me.
I know that a lot of people are going to cross their eyes and wonder what sort of weirdness I’ve gotten into this time-or truly how deep does my laziness run.
I’m a terrible person to ask cleaning advice from. I’m a horrible housekeeper. I’m not a horrible housekeeper the way that bloggers say that they are and mean ‘I haven’t bleached the grout in the last 15 minutes, take my blogging card away from me until I get my act together, lawl, lawl’-when I say it I full and truly mean I’m a slob.
Contrary to what people will sometimes whisper I’m not a hoarder. My issue isn’t with throwing stuff away or getting rid of things. I just hate cleaning with the passion of a thousand burning suns. I don’t like it, I don’t feel better in a clean house-I lived with an ultra clean person in grad school and it was like living in a dentist’s reception area.
There are so many other things that I would rather be doing with my time than cleaning.
The point being, if I’m telling you that I have started a collection of cleaning tips that have helped me immensely, then you should probably pay attention.
[If this is not an original idea and you know where it comes from, please let me know so I can credit them! Thanks!]
Clean in 2 minute bursts
Not, like, literally in 2 minute bursts. But do that too, if that works. My friend Victoria passed this tip along to me and it actually works for me. Break tasks done into things that can be done in less than two minutes and then do as many two minute tasks until you can’t take it anymore.
Most of the time it’s the size of the project that turns people off of cleaning-and the momentum to start. Again, if you’re the type of person that can power through four hours of cleaning and then just do spot cleaning then this tip probably won’t make sense to you. My list is sometimes broken down into ridiculous sections like ‘put the knife in the sink.’
But you know what, you do enough ‘put the knife into the sink’ sections and you’ve made a dent in the cleaning.
I got this tip from A Beautiful Mess years ago and it’s really stuck with me.
For the most part, you don’t need to power through your cleaning. If you need to clean for five minutes and then take a break for 20-there’s actually nothing wrong with that.
I think I needed to hear that it’s okay to have whatever natural cleaning rhythm you fall into. Not everyone has the same levels of patience for housekeeping than other people do.
I can’t clean but I can babysit a canner for 8 hours. It’s all in our individual tolerances and it’s okay to do what you can handle and then stop for awhile. As long as you start again. That’s the hard part for my slob soul. Remembering to start again.