Sometimes house cleaning tips are not enough...
The final product of good house cleaning practice can be found in pictures of glossy magazines and those video tours of well designed and pristine homes.
They're all lies.
Well - not exactly lies - they just don't tell the whole truth.
Those pictures and videos don't tell you what it really takes to get to that pristine, fresh looking ideal of the perfectly clean and organized home. They are illusions - a mirage in a desert. Okay, I'll stop now - I'm getting just a little bit emotional.
But who wouldn't feel bamboozled.
Those still glossy pictures and videos are only a fleeting moment in time. They don't show you how to get there and most importantly - they don't tell you that the effort is endless.
Yes - house cleaning goes on forever!...and ever!...and ever!...
You would think that I would know this. It's not like I didn't do chores growing up. It just got wiped from my memories by other more exciting activities like playing tag, making and flying kites, having a beach day (I grew up in the Caribbean).
Well, reality hit me when I got my first apartment. I could get the basics done - you know - clean the dishes, do the laundry, clean the bathroom. But it occurred to me that I had never actually bought cleaning supplies. Never made a house cleaning plan. Never organized a thing.
I can go on until I get to Neverland but I'll save you from my embarrassment.
I knew that I needed to do something once the dishes started piling up in the sink regularly. My problem was and still is...
I just don't like house cleaning and back then I would put it off until I couldn't. Why?
It's BORING and it could wait.
My attitude mirrored this joke by the late Joan Rivers, "I hate housework. You make the beds, you wash the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again."
I had better things to do! That is - until my landlord would give advance notice of a visit to check on one thing or another or when family showed up.
Today, after living in a couple of houses and apartments with and without other people (big and small) - I have a better idea of how, what and when to keep it clean. And it's all thanks to one thing...
I'm a researcher/software developer and the way we work to get products out the door is agile. We deliver small increments of software within a specific timeframe and budget, while ensuring that we provide quality with high business value.
For us developers it also allows us to be transparent and ensures that we're always improving in the next iteration.
What does any of that have to do with house cleaning? For me - EVERYTHING.
It was the missing element -- agile project management for house cleaning. After all - I follow the process at work, why not apply it on the homefront?
So I am.
To be transparent, I needed to note every cleaning task that had to be done. To improve on how I did these tasks, I put on my researcher hat and scoured the internet, those glossy magazines and television shows to test out their cleaning tips. I kept doing what worked and dropped what didn't.
And on this site and particularly - in the eletter 'The Saturday Morning Cleanup' - you will find house cleaning tips and practices which are inspired by an agile project management framework and some research.
Below are 10 housecleaning tips to get you started with what I consider to be good house cleaning practice. They should help you to regularly achieve those fleeting moments of a fresh looking ideal of the perfectly clean and organized home (-;
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