For me, tackling cleaning was the final frontier. I've long had decluttering and organising sorted (and I enjoy doing both), but cleaning always felt like a chore.
I decided to study it from a minimalist perspective, and I soon found many ways to clean faster and better. Now it's part of my daily routine and I spend nowhere near as much time doing it, yet my home is consistently the cleanest it's ever been. (I have kids and pets, and work outside my home as well as in it.)
Because my minimalist approach to cleaning has been working well for so long now, I decided to write a book about it. I've just published How to Clean Like a Minimalist as an ebook on Amazon Kindle.
The book explores minimalist cleaning principles, explains how to get set up to clean like a minimalist, and outlines a speed cleaning system that is easy to adapt. I plan to write a series of posts about ideas I've covered in the book, but if you want them all in one place please consider taking a look at the book.
I'll start with one idea that's made a big difference to how I clean. One evening while I was wiping over the kitchen sink and benches after dinner, I was enjoying the nice, clean surfaces and wondering why I didn't wipe the bathrooms over daily even though we used them just as often as the kitchen. Instead, I would reluctantly spend ages scrubbing the bathrooms every week or two or three because that was the only time I put aside to clean them.
I decided to trial wiping over the bathroom surfaces once each day. In the morning, before we leave the house, I use a damp microfibre cloth (one for each bathroom) and I quickly wipe over the bathroom in the following order: mirror, basin, then toilet (after a quick scrub with the toilet brush). I keep a pile of cloths in each bathroom, and after I've used them, I toss them straight in the laundry. I also don't need to change into cleaning clothes to get the bathrooms clean this way. In the evening, the last person to shower squeegees out the shower.
The results were fantastic! The wipe-over quickly became part of my daily routine and meant the bathrooms always stayed clean. I showed the kids how to wipe over their bathroom in minutes and now they are responsible for theirs. We've had people drop by unexpectedly and I haven't even looked in the bathrooms as I knew they were clean. Every day, I admire the clean bathrooms—scrubbing no longer required!
Please click here to view on Amazon Kindle (only $0.99 USD).