Just 10 Minutes A Day
I recently ordered a copy of the new home organisation book, Simply Clean by Becky Rapinchuk, founder of Clean Mama. It was the sub-title that grabbed me. Especially those last 5 words!
“The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean and Beautiful In Just 10 Minutes A Day”.
Who wouldn’t love to have a clean house in 10 minutes or less a day?
I have shared previously how I don’t like to tidy up, and how often I try to clean my home. So I wanted to know if there really is a proven way, to make organising and cleaning my home easier and faster.
Well, the answer is… yes and no!
The Simply Clean Method
Becky Rapinchuk describes her Simply Clean method as “the secret to cleaning less, yet having a cleaner home.”
Following this flexible cleaning and organising method means anything can happen in your life and you would still be able to keep your home clean.
How? In essence by having a plan and leaving Friday as a catch-up day for any tasks that got missed during the week.
Daily Cleaning Tasks
The foundation of the Simply Clean plan is a few simple actions completed every day, referred to as daily cleaning tasks. It is suggested by repeatedly doing these tasks they will become a habit. Cleaning will then feel almost effortless!
Most of the 5 daily tasks described are based on common sense and many of us would already complete them regularly. I did like how tips are included underneath each section and make it helpful for completing each task more quickly. Time wise, the daily tasks are said to take about 10 minutes a day.
Weekly Cleaning Tasks
The second part of the Simply Clean method is the weekly tasks. These will take 10 to 15 minutes a day to complete. If you are feeling overwhelmed by them you are given permission at this stage of the book to skip moving onto more checklists and instead stick with the daily and weekly tasks. Rapinchuk suggests making those routines a regular habit first. Really sensible advice I thought!
Take A Challenge!
I love how the book includes the tools to get started with these routines too. There is a section detailing a 7 Day Simply Clean Kick Start challenge which aims to quickly get you into the habit of cleaning your home.
Then when you are comfortable with that, you can move onto completing the 28 Day Simply Clean Challenge. This is designed as a catch up challenge done alongside the weekly and daily tasks. Apparently it takes only 10 to 15 minutes a day to complete and there are checklists galore to tick off your progress.
Rapinchuk does suggest starting with a 2 to 7 day decluttering challenge before tackling the cleaning tasks. However if you are someone like me who is dealing with years of accumulated stuff, I don’t think that would work. I believe decluttering is better as a once in a life time event. That way you learn to know what you love and don’t love, and clutter is less likely to accumulate in the future. Instead the Simply Clean method includes decluttering as a task that needs to be completed on a daily basis. No thanks!
A Little Bit Every Day
I really do like the encouraging tone of Simply Clean. You are reminded throughout the book to work where you are at.
That a little every day is better than lots of effort and then bombing out.
That’s my kind of work pace!
Yes, I Recommend Getting A Copy!
I do think this book would be great for you if you don’t want to come up with a cleaning routine for yourself.
All the cleaning routines are already done for you!
You may also find it helpful if you have had to put off regular cleaning for a while. Following this plan would be a great way to catch up on cleaning and getting your home in order again.
All the checklists you could ever want!
- Recipes for home made cleaning products.
- Instructions on how to speed clean.
- Solutions for difficult to clean areas or surfaces.
- Cleaning lists.
- Home organising tips.
Can The Simply Clean Method Apply To My Unique Situation?
Apparently yes, yes and yes!
Whether you work from home, are a stay at home Mum, work away from home, have a cleaner come in, the cleaning routines can be adjusted and used for your own situation.
What I Got Out Of The Book…
I do appreciate how Rapinchuk has made it simple for ANY person to establish a cleaning routine in their home. Even if you are not very interested in cleaning your home regularly, like me!!
I love the checklists and will be using them to work on being more consistent with my own routines.
It’s also changed my mind about how I have been doing laundry. I’m no longer putting away clean clothing on a different day to when it is washed and hang out to dry. Instead I am now trialing doing one load of washing from start to finish on the same day.
And The 10 Minutes?
Well the daily tasks and weekly tasks combined will take longer than 10 minutes a day. But not more than 30 to 45 minutes a day, which is a reasonable amount of time I would say!
Interested In Getting Your Own Copy Of Simply Clean by Becky Rapinchuk?
I bought mine online through the Book Depository. Super easy and I love their free shipping!
Have you read Simply Clean and/or tried the Simply Clean Method?
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