I cleaned my house using the Speed Cleaning method on Monday. I chose Monday as my housework day because, quoting one of my favorite movies, “everybody should go to work on a Monday.” I put on my apron, put the supplies in their respective pockets and loops, and started in front of the kitchen sink. Here’s what I learned this first time through the method.
1. I had to remind myself several times to start at the top and work down, after something midway, or to the right caught my eye and my cleaning cloth. Even with my self-corrections, I missed the front of the microwave and the top of the refrigerator.
2. I’m just too short to reach the top of the fridge – and higher places in general. Too bad my cleaning apron doesn't have a pocket for a step-stool. I’m going to have to put the step-stool in front of the fridge before I start next time, and then put it away when it’s time to do the floors.
3. I was totally flabbergasted by the dust that came down from the upper recesses and the crumbs that came from the appliances. It was by sheer force of will that I allowed them to stay on the floor, patiently waiting to be picked up by the vacuum. When I see dust and crumbs I want to get them. The visible surfaces of the house are always pretty clean. This method helped me find dirt in the invisible places which I’m sure hadn't been cleaned in months (years?). Next Monday it should be a little easier.
4. I didn't have my caddy of cleaning supplies with me in the kitchen. I keep it in the bathroom, and when I loaded up my apron I forgot I was supposed to take the caddy with me. So when I ran out of cleaning cloths, I had to stop what I was doing, go to the bathroom and get the tray. This is exactly what Speed Cleaning tries to prevent – wasted time.
5. I also didn't refill my spray bottles with cleaning solution before I started, and of course, I ran out midway through cleaning. Again, wasted time.
6. I could have done a better job making life easier for the vacuumer (also me) while I was dusting. There were a number of items that could have been picked up or moved aside so I didn't have to stop vacuuming to move them.
7. I took my apron off before I started doing the vacuuming and then the mopping. Big mistake. While I still had my whisk broom in my back pocket to get the stray crumbs I should have gotten while I was dusting, I sure could have used my white or green pads to get the stubborn stuff off the floor while I was mopping.
So, lots of lessons learned on using the technique, which I will employ next Monday when I clean. That said, the house is clean – cleaner than it’s been in a long time. [Smile]