With all the craze about Marie Kondo’s decluttering and home organizing videos, I can’t help but reflect on my own home’s state of order. It is ironic that now that I do the cleaning and organizing on my own compared to when I had a stay-in maid, the house is now more orderly and clean. Sometimes I wonder how I am able to do all the household chores – from doing the laundry to trimming the shrubs and grass, now that healthwise, I am supposed to be weaker. Anyway, my niece and nephew used to live with me then and they do not care about cleanliness or orderliness, just a place to stay in after work. I also used to run a little home business, which makes us all quite busy to be concerned about cleaning.
More than two years on my own, I can say that I did learn a lot about cleaning. And the task is not that easy as I’ve learned. Even after sweeping or mopping the floor of white tiles, it can get dirty at once if I don’t watch out how I eat. Crumbs or even tiny bits and pieces of food that fall on the floor can be stepped on and create a mess especially when I don’t dry my hands after washing and the drops of water drip and mix with the bits of food. I didn’t realize that before. Another thing that I find disconcerting is that even if the windows remain closed, dust can still accumulate after a few weeks. And even if I sweep or mop the floors every day, I will still find little clouds of dust underneath, behind, or at the foot of the appliance or furniture. Moving the furniture or appliances is a must in cleaning, but is a tedious job. Once a week will do. Sometimes, I find it easier to crawl under with a rag and just wipe away the dust instead of moving the furniture.
There are many things I’ve learned from the “organizing experts” even before Marie Kondo became a byword:
I have learned to give away things that I have not used for so many years and are just taking up precious space in the cabinets and shelves; to fold my house clothes in such a way that maximizes the space and displays parts of the clothes for easy finding; to gather small items into a container for a neater look; to put up hanging shelves and use every space under the furniture and more.
Yes, there is joy in living in a well-organized and clean house, and it is well worth the effort.