Last time, I shared The 15 Minute Method. While that is still my favorite way to clean, 15 minutes isn't always enough. When the house is even more out of control, I break out the big guns and Clean Categorically.
|Method: Clean Categorically|
How it works: Pick things up in a specified order.
Purpose: To make large areas of the house functional and presentable in a short period of time.
Our clutter tends to fall into 4 different categories:
2. Kitchen stuff
3. Dirty clothes
When I clean categorically, I pick up junk in that order.
First - the garbage. Wrappers, toddler paraphernalia, junk mail, "fluff" the kids tore out of the couch cushions. You get the idea.
Second - kitchen stuff. Usually includes sippy cups, water glasses, and empty bowls from the kids' snacks.
Third - dirty clothes. Are my kids the only ones who seem to shed clothing all over the house?
Fourth - toys. At this point, I throw all the toys in the ottoman or toy baskets
I put the categories in the order of least forgivable to most forgivable. I figure, if someone called to say they were coming over, I'd start with garbage, and if I didn't get all the way to toys, I could just say something like, "The kids have been playing so well today! I didn't want to interrupt them to clean up the toys!"
Those categories work best for the living room, dining room and kids' bedrooms at my house. Other rooms might have different categories. What would your categories be? Leave some feedback here or on my facebook page.