bought a book yesterday called Speed Cleaning
which is full of info on keeping a house clean when you don't have much time to spare. It looks really useful.
The idea that basic cleanliness can be achieved in 15 mins a day made me think about how little time it takes to do some things around the house.
For instance, I emptied the dishwasher earlier.1
This takes about 2 minutes at the most. I often do it when I'm waiting for my coffee to brew or a kettle to boil, so I hardly even notice doing it.
But when the dishwasher is full, whether with clean or dirty dishes, I do
notice the pile of dirty dishes that accumulates in or by the sink. And the thing is that when there's a big pile of dirty and crusty dishes, it takes a lot longer to sort through them, rinse, scrub and stack them into the dishwasher. So by emptying the dishwasher early, time could be saved, because then people could rinse and stack dishes as they use them, rather than letting them pile up. Then the only thing that needs doing is putting in the detergent and pressing the on button, which takes a few seconds.
So I guess being organized about practical little things like this means that it should be possible to keep a house clean in 15 mins a day.
I also read Hanne Blank's blog
, and a month or two ago she was writing a lot about housekeeping
. It was both fascinating and useful to read about what having a well kept home means to her, and how she goes about keeping it that way. I really liked that she wrote a whole entry on How to Wash the Dishes
, after some readers had commented about not having a good grasp of basic every day chores like that.
What both Hanne Blank and the Speed Cleaning book emphasize is that doing a little bit here and there can add up to having a nice living environment, without having to put several hours aside at a time to clean.
When I grow up, I wanna be all organized and junk like that.1. I know not everyone has a dishwasher, but I figured I'd use examples from Campbellhouse, seeing as I live here.