Simplify Your Life: Making Cleaning Easier

Do you spend your weekend cleaning? What a drag! I’m a big fan of cleaning in little spurts. I’ve read a lot on the subject, as my #1 hated housekeeping chore is cleaning the bathroom. I read an inspired a tip in the book, Sweeping Changes: Discovering the Joy of Zen in Everyday Tasks. The author, Gary Thorp, talks about how a bathroom is a great thing to have when you need it. It’s a place we cleanse, purify and refresh. (I try to think of that everytime I approach cleaning the loo, but I’m far from appreciating the task!)

Keeping up on cleaning can be a simple, daily task that doesn’t have to take an entire weekend. Here’s a few tricks I use to simplify cleaning:

  1. Have less stuff. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, having less stuff, less space, less whatever means less to take care of. When I start to feel overwhelmed at how much laundry I have to do, I know it’s time to clean out the closet. Somehow I feel better, and voila – less laundry to do!
  2. Keep cleaning supplies close at hand. I keep a small packet of bathroom wipes (biodegradable) near the toilet. I can use these to wipe off the toilet or the counter when I see it needs to be done. This can be done while you’re brushing your teeth, and it only takes about 30 seconds.
  3. Make a “Cleaning Kit”. If you’re ready to tackle the whole bathroom or an entire room, make yourself a kit that is pre-assembled and portable. A bucket or tote filled with all the things you need to clean makes the chore easier: scrubbing powder (or baking soda), sponge, brush, cleaning/window spray, paper towels and gloves (check out the Casabella line – fantastic!).
  4. Clean a little each day. Don’t spend your entire weekend cleaning – use it to relax and take a break. You can clean a little each day, even multi-task. Put on a headset while you’re on the phone and sweep, mop, fold laundry or clean windows. A little everyday adds up to a lot at the end of the weekend.

So, simplify your life and do a little cleaning. You may just feel refreshed!

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