Monday, May 3, 2010

Manic Monday: Sectional Cleaning

I don't know what kind of "cleaner" you are but I have always been an "all-or-nothing" cleaner. If I can't clean it all from top to bottom, every nook and cranny, then I don't clean it all. This led to me having a very messy room in my late teens and early twenties. Dirk, on the other hand, is a great straightener. He can go into any room and make it look good in 10 - 15 minutes. Now, I know that it's not REALLY clean but at least it looks good.

Now that I have a baby there is no time to deep clean every time I clean. In fact, some days there isn't time to clean at all. I have heard of the ten minute rule: take 10 minutes and clean whatever you can get done in ten minutes. Ohdeedoh had a blog post last week about cleaning to the power of 10. I like the idea but I'm not good with a time constraint on cleaning so I've developed what I'm calling sectional cleaning (although I'm sure I didn't really develop it).

I never know how much free time I'm going to get. Makenzie's naps are still somewhat inconsistent so I could have 30 minutes or 2 hours. So I start with a section or small task like cleaning the bathroom counter. Once I have cleaned the counter I move onto another small task or section like cleaning the toilet. I have found that I have a much a greater sense of accomplishment cleaning this way in the circumstance I'm in now.

Before I started cleaning this way I would tell myself I was going to clean my bedroom and would just barely get half of it straightened before Makenzie would wake up. I feel that this method of cleaning really helps me stay focused on one thing and helps me get things really clean much more efficiently. I've only been doing this for about 2 weeks but so far it's been working.

How do you keep up on your housekeeping?


  1. I read this outloud to Jon and he immidiatly said, "that how I clean!" I guess I need to pay more attention to how my husband cleans. Good tip Alicia!

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