Incidentally, lots of Japanese homes are like that...
I have always despised cleaning. I'm not good at it. What's more, I easily get overwhelmed by it.
Can you relate?
I can never really understand how other people manage. In my mind, there are finite hours in the day and an array of modalities (grocery shopping, laundry, exercise, reading, Internet time) that we have to juggle. Cleaning is usually last in my list of priorities.
Recently, I vowed that I have to make better use of my expat free time in Okinawa. When else in my life am I going to master the cleaning demon if not here while I'm childless and working part-time?
For the past two weeks, I've tested a cleaning strategy that is ACTUALLY working. My trick is to focus on different tasks each day.
Monday- organize clutter and throw things out day*
Saturday- laundry and cars
Sunday- ironing, balcony, and windows
*throw things out day is my favorite- I get a huge burst of energy from getting rid of junk. Try it and you'll see what I mean.
Not only have I kept up, but I've already realized several benefits.
First off, it eases my anxiety to know that each task has an assigned day. There's no more depressing 8 hour cleaning tirades in which I have to do every thing. Also ordinarily before when I noticed a dusty table or whatever, I felt a spasm of stress to the effect of "okay, when am I gonna do that?" Now, I just calmly remind myself of dusting day and I know it will get done.
Next, things get cleaned more regularly so they don't get as dirty or take long to maintain... enough said
Finally, it provides much needed structure on some days when I'm feeling expat wayward.
Are you one of those people who actually likes to clean? Got any cleaning tips that work for you?