That's the way I always clean. Let it get really messy, then take it from "really messy" to "really clean". Very satisfying. I've very little interest in maintaining constant "really clean" at the cost of constant low-level effort with no visible results.
I usually maintain "really clean" well, but when something happens and I fall behind, I fall WAY behind before getting back in there.
I have been known to clean at other people's houses, but I hesitate to do so because I don't want them to be offended.
For the record, my kitchen is clean. I'm a good surface cleaner, and my wife is a good marathon cleaner. But if someone else wants to do it...
At one point in my life I briefly considered starting an organization business--going into people's houses and getting them out of a crisis. I'm much better in crisis mode than in maintenance mode.
You know what I need? Someone who can help me get some decent (inexpensive) lights in my home.
That's outside my expertise, at last. Otherwise I would have long ago dispensed with the AWFUL fixtures in our family room!
Don't clean the bathroom. Clean the components of the bathroom.
Clean the toilet one time. The sink another. The mirror another.
I find it limits the effort expended enough to make the gratification balance it out; whereas doing the whole bathroom just makes me tired.
I can't do that, though. To me, if the whole room isn't clean, it isn't clean. So I feel like I'm constantly cleaning and I never have a "clean room."
In rooms like the kitchen, I feel the same way. But in regard to the bathroom, I compartmentalize much better.
I think part of it is the wildly differing rate at which things get dirty in my bathroom. If I had to clean it every time part of it felt dirty, I'd never stop. Stupid fixtures.
I hate, loathe, and despise cleaning the bathroom. Having to face it several times a week seems even worse!
Yeah, I mean, I'll wipe out the sink or clean spots of the mirror or wipe spots off the faucet as I see them, but if I had to go in there and clean a major subset of the bathroom every day I'd go crazy.
Right now I'm still trying to train myself to pick up CLUTTER every day, much less be on a daily cleaning schedule. ;)
Yeah, that's a challenge.
my ex has found the perfect woman for him. they text about their favorite cleaning products, and he messages her photos of MY house after he's cleaned. (yes, the ex gets paid to come clean for me. its good for everyone involved.)
the satisfaction of a job well done is something i absolutely understand. :)
That's great that you've found a working balance.
I am getting ready for another big reorganization of my life push. I can feel it. This early spring weather is bringing it on.....
Ferrett regards my decluttering need as something he has to put up with. We work to compromise.
Ah, the vagaries of English. Based on the title, I was expecting a dissertation on organizing and pruning one's kinks, rather than a kink for cleaning.
In this case, YKINMKBYKIOK. While my kitchen cleaning is much the same as you describe (build up, then big cleaning binge), the satisfaction level just isn't the same for me.
Alas, it's much better if you get the kink jump. ;-)
No doubt why my kitchen is most likely messier, on average, than yours.
What I wouldn't give to have that kind of glee for cleaning anything in my house!
i love our new kitchen - it'll be one in six weeks! what i don't like about it is the stove. cleaning the stove. it's black. it accepts smears and fingerprints. and when you cook on it, everything goes all to hell real fast. i spend as much time cleaning the stove as i do the entire kitchen. it's nuts.
The stainless steel is actually showing less prints than I feared. I'm very happy.
I KNEW it! It's a sickness and other people hide it. I have the same affliction...only I also hoard ironing. It gives me pleasure...is there a support group for that?
I don't know if there's a support group, but I am certain that you could make a tidy profit engaging in your kink!
I . . .I do this. I do this and didn't even realize I do.
Knowing is half the battle. ;-)
I love having a clean kitchen. What I do not love is having a husband whose idea of cleaning the kitchen after I make dinner is to put it off for several days and then ask me to "help just a little."
He's getting better about it. But if you happen to figure out a way to pass on the cleaning kink, I would love to know.
I haven't passed it to Ferrett, though he is much better because he knows it makes me happy. That makes me feel very loved.