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u/sethra007 · 34 pointsr/hoarding

> I moved out a few years ago and I couldn't figure out how everyone else kept their homes so tidy. I'd clear up, mop, throw away rubbish, bleach everything and within a week it was back to tiptoe-ing over bags of things and empty food packets and cat litter.

One of the things I realized when I first moved out on my own was that my parents had taught me how to clean, but not when to clean.

Actually, that's not quite accurate. I was taught that when it all became too much (usually about once every two to three months), to devote an whole weekend (or as much as a week during summer vacation) to an all-out, full court press approach to cleaning. Starting on Friday night there would be hours and hours of non-stop sorting, organizing, throwing away, dusting, sweeping, mopping, etc.. It meant giving up an entire weekend, was utterly exhausting, and was extremely demotivating. When I moved out on my own, I never wanted to clean when things got bad because I learned this was how you clean house.

What I eventually figured out is that the best housekeepers--once they have their house where they want it--spend somewhere between 10 and 30 minutes a day maintaining the state of the house. So rather than spending two to three days on one huge deep-cleaning rampage, good housekeepers break cleaning down into small, manageable tasks that only take a few minutes every day. Essentially, they do a handful of daily cleaning tasks, and one slightly larger cleaning task, per day.

It was like a light bulb turning on in my head. I would much rather spend 15 or 30 minutes a day tidying up than three or more days deep-cleaning every two or three months.

If you ever read the classic children's book Little House on the Prairie, you might recall Ma Ingall's housekeeping schedule:

> "Wash on Monday,
> Iron on Tuesday,
> Mend on Wednesday,
> Churn on Thursday,
> Clean on Friday,
> Bake on Saturday,
> Rest on Sunday."

If you've ever read any books on the history of housekeeping (Home Comforts by Cheryl Mendelson is a nice introduction to it), you'll know that the above was the traditional housekeeping schedule for much of American history. Some folks have come up with modernized versions (example), and of course I just posted one here yesterday.

The point of schedules like this is three-fold:

  1. Houses don't just magically stay clean. The best housekeeper you know works a little bit every single day to keep their house in shape.
  2. The reason that they only have to clean a little bit every day is because they have a routine to keep ahead of the cleaning and clutter.
  3. Once you develop a routine that works for you, staying ahead of cleaning and clutter is trivial. Seriously, you'll kick yourself for not having gotten a routine sooner.

    And here's a secret that I learned when I adopted a housekeeping schedule: If something happens and you can't do your routine for a day or two, your house doesn't immediately descend into utter chaos. Trust me when I tell you, it's a LOT easier to recover from missing a couple of days of small tasks that from a giant hoard.

    "Wash on Monday" is, at it's essence, the same thing as the "Starting Small" approach mentioned in the Hoarding Resource List in the sidebar. It's breaking down housekeeping into manageable tasks, saying "Today I will work on X, and only X."

    What ultimately worked for me was this:

  4. Using a housekeeping schedule very similar to the one I posted. (I don't recall where I found the one I use, but there's only very minor differences between it and the one I posted).
  5. I bought the book Speed Cleaning by Jeff Campbell. You can by the book used for pennies, or order the PDF version from his website.

    Campbell has owned/run a professional housekeeping service in California for decades, and their service is known for being able to clean a standard-size 1-story home in 15 minutes or less. This book breaks down their cleaning method for the homeowner--Campbell tells you what cleaning tools and chemicals to use (and why), tells you what rooms to start in (and why), tells you where in that room to start (and why), and literally walks you through how to clean an individual room. It is NOT a book of housekeeping "tips", but actual instructions on how to clean in a certain way, and why that way is both effective and efficient.

    Campbell's method is now how I clean my house, and I absolutely recommend this book to any recovering hoarder who's gotten past the retaining-items stage and is now trying to develop housekeeping skills. I will state that the very first time you try his cleaning method, it won't take 15 minutes per room because obviously you're starting out learning it. But as you continue to use it and get used to it, you will speed up considerably.

    It sounds like right now you have a lot of clutter to get rid of, but it also sounds like you know how to get rid of it and are able to let go, and that puts you WAY ahead of a lot of hoarders. Once you get your apartment back where you want it, I suggest that you:

  • get a copy of Speed Cleaning,
  • learn Campbell's cleaning method for each room,
  • and then use the housekeeping schedule above (maybe combined with this one from Molly Maids) to develop a housekeeping routine that works for you.

    Finally, if you get to a point in your recovery where you want to start exploring different housekeeping systems, please visit /r/messyhomes. The mod, /u/Bellainara has hoarding tendencies herself, and welcomes people with similar struggles. You can contact her with any questions. The intro post for /r/messyhomes is here.
u/irrational_e · 8 pointsr/LifeProTips

Speed Cleaning is the best house-keeping life pro-tip. Basic rules: keep your equipment with you as you clean, so you don't waste time going back and forth getting cleaning tools. Wear an apron and keep cleaning supplies (spray, rags, toothbrush, etc.) in your pockets. Don't take stuff off counters and shelves as you clean, instead lift, wipe, lift wipe. So much more, I only spend about 20 minutes/week (if that) cleaning the house because of it.

u/beast-freak · 2 pointsr/Entrepreneur

A friend of mine has a cleaning business and he has done very well. He was a drug addict when he started, cleaned himself up, went from cleaning homes to commercial cleaning, and now he has a team of people working for him, and a showroom; as well as cleaning his company imports and sells various cleaning products and equipment.

The thing that astonishes me is that despite all this sounding overwhelming he is alway relaxed with a huge amount of time for his friends and family — he has a weekly mentoring session with an older business man who probably saved his life.

I think the most important thing is to look after customers and also learn how to clean professionally. The difference is a little bit like being a home cook and chef — given enough time an enthusiastic amateur can probably cook anything but a chef knows how to work in a kitchen and turn things out in a timely manner.

This book will get you started:

Speed Cleaning by Jeff Campbell.

The guy also has a website and YouTube videos.

If you want to specialize there are plenty of directions you can go.

Best of luck

Edit: Also investing in proper equipment is a must.