I’m trying to find ways to minimize in all aspects of my life. The general idea of having less stuff means there is less to do but it doesn’t completely eliminate everything. My household chores and cleanup are reduced by having less clutter but they are not gone and I dislike doing them!
Many people here in Cairo just hire a cleaner. It’s not a whole lot of money but part of my minimalism involves cutting back on uneeded expenses so for now I am sticking to my guns and doing my own cleaning. I have been working at finding ways to make my household chores easier and although I have not implemented my whole plan yet I am doing so little by little.
10 ways of making household chores easier
Sweeping and vacuuming
Cairo gets dusty really really fast so you need to keep on top of it. Leave it for more than a week and you are sweeping up dustpans full of sand. Keeping the screens and windows closed helps but doesn’t stop it by any means. I find that the best way to deal with the sweeping and vacuuming upkeep is to keep a rotating cycle. In the kitchen I sweep after every meal. The living room, bedrooms and hallways can be rotated doing one every few days in a quick sweep. Every few weeks it does help to do a big main sweep but the continued upkeep helps make it seem much easier than just picking one big day every week or two.
I am behind on this but I have a plan. Light bulbs need changing, door handles fixes, a latch applied and many other things. I plan to make a list and do one thing every few days. Most of the jobs are small but I actually take pleasure in striking a job off a list and seeing things on paper make them much easier to achieve.
The dreaded bathroom
The bathroom needs to be kept clean as it’s a place where hygiene is very important. We don’t have a shower curtain so our water drains down a hole in the floor. This is actually helpful as we have a squeegee that is used for drying the floor after showers. It’s easy to apply a little cleaner (or vinegar) to the floor and this cuts down on time when it comes to the scheduled big cleans where you clean behind everything. I also make sure I wash the sink and bath quickly every day or two.
The dishes can pile up quick but rather than doing them after dinner or a meal I find it helps to do them as you go along and most of the time the dishes are 90% done before I even eat. It’s a great relief only having to spend 5 minutes after dinner getting things on order.
Your input, how do you make your chores easier?
As you can see my routine is based on cycling small jobs to reduce the need for time when bigger scheduled cleans come along. Having clutter gone really helps making the clean up times so much easier too so it’s yet another good reason to minimize your life. I would love to hear what tips and ideas you have.