A Housekeeping Philosophy can improve your effectiveness and efficiency; getting the right stuff done with the minimum of effort.
Alexandria Blaelock, author of Ms Blaelock’s Book of Minimally Viable Housekeeping, says “you don’t have to feel like a slave to your house. Make some basic decisions about how you’re going to take care of it, so you can clock off at the end of the day and relax, just like everyone else in the house.”
Here are Blaelock’s tips for developing a housekeeping philosophy:
- Bigger or smaller?: Big houses take longer to clean than small ones. Is the extra space worth the extra time and money for caring for it?
- More or less?: It takes longer to clean more things than less. It takes no time to care for zero things. Are the extras worth the time and money?
- What’s easiest?: You won’t do tasks that take extra effort, so consider storing your tools near where you use them. Even if that means a set upstairs and a set downstairs.
- What’s less effort?: It’s less work to move things once, so consider bypassing the kitchen counter and putting your dishes straight in the dishwasher.
- Set up costs: Tasks with low set up costs (e.g., knife sharpening) are quicker when done frequently. Tasks with high set up costs, (e.g., ironing) are quick when done less frequently (or are avoided).
Alexandria’s tips for developing a housekeeping philosophy will help you save time and energy for other, more important things. Like relaxing with a glass of wine in front of the tv.
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