To me, housecleaning is one of those things that is never-ending, yet it must be done. It is also a terrible place for a perfectionist to be.
I used to avoid cleaning until I could see the dirt, and then spend a whole day cleaning to absolute perfection, only to see it dirty again within a few days.
Two things I have discovered over the years is that cleaning more frequently means I don’t have to work as hard to get things back to clean (less time between cleanings means less dirt), and I can also cut myself some slack (because I will be cleaning again soon and don’t have to get it perfect).
To me, this is the peak of productivity in cleaning: I clean with the minimal amount of effort to get the job done. So for today’s practical productivity, I thought I would share exactly how I clean my powder room.
- Shake the rugs. There are two throw rugs, which I pick up and shake onto the floor. I then toss them into the hallway
- Spray the sink with cleaner. I have a small bottle of all-purpose spray cleaner in the bathroom.
- Clean the toilet. I take a disinfecting wipe and wipe the tank, and the back of the seat. I then lift the lid and clean the underside and the top of the toilet seat. Then I lift the seat and clean the underside and the rim of the bowl, and then a quick run over the outside of the bowl. Next I put a pump of liquid hand soap in the bowl and scrub with the brush.
- Wipe down the sink. I take a dirty towel from the rack and wipe down the faucets and bowl of the sink.
- Put out new towels.
- Dust. A few flicks with the feather duster takes down any cobwebs.
- Do the floor. I sweep the floor quickly, then spray with cleaner and damp mop.
Total time: 5 minutes. I rarely have to do more than this, simply because I catch most of the dirt every week. I never have to worry about the powder room not being presentable. And every few months I will go in and dust down the floor boards and wash the window.
Minimal effort, good results.
Photo by kevindooley