I am a declutter coach, and I hate cleaning.
There, I said it.
I'm still questioning myself if it's a good idea for a declutter coach to admit that she detests cleaning. I honestly don't know, but the secret is out now.
But, the thing is, I am passionate about decluttering not in spite of, but because I couldn't care about cleaning.
You see, I hate cleaning, but I love living in a clean place.
But you need to clean the place to keep it clean, yes?
(Unless you can afford to hire someone to do it for you.)
And it's far easier to clean when there is little clutter.
It's common sense, no brainer and who can refute it? But, just in case anyone wants to be a devils' advocate, I've prepared my defence argument below.
Less stuff means easier access to clean
I would love vacuuming if I didn't have to move chairs and the sofa and bend down to clean under my bed. Vacuuming a room without any furniture would be almost like decluttering dust (toss, toss and toss!), which is totally up my alley.
Unfortunately, it's not very realistic to live without furniture, but you can let go some to make vacuuming, dusting and wiping easier. You can also opt to have lighter furniture which can be lifted easily to clean beneath it or have wheels attached to heavier pieces. Our sofa is on wheels, and I love it.
Less stuff means less moving things around and putting them back
Imagine cleaning a high traffic area that tends to get dirty very quickly, like a kitchen or a bathroom, and that contained anything but what you regularly use. Wouldn't it make cleaning the shelves, the drawers and the cupboards much easier?
How many little bottles and packaged things do you have on your bathroom shelves or in the medicine cabinet? To wipe your shelves, you have to remove all of them and then put them back after you cleaned. Is it worth your effort? Can you get rid of some stuff on there? Or better yet, do you really need those shelves?
Fewer clothes mean less overwhelming laundry time
Doing laundry isn't hard especially if you rely on a modern washer machine and a dryer. A little more effort is involved if you hang your clothes to dry.
But you know what most people hate? Putting clean laundry away. It's just not fun at all.
It's especially bad when you've just finished two or three loads of laundry. A mountain of clean laundry ready to be put away? No thanks, I will leave it there and dig for clothes when I need to.
Having fewer clothes will force to you do laundry regularly. So, instead of dealing with Mount Everest, you will be dealing with tiny hills. Those are manageable, right?
Bonus: it's easier to hang or put clothes away in a closet or drawers that are not bursting at their seams. Picking out your outfit for tomorrow or in the morning would be easier, too, when you have a smaller wardrobe.
Less space means less clutter and less cleaning
Unused or underutilised space itself is clutter. As long as you rent or own this space, you're responsible for its maintenance, which includes cleaning, and paying utility bills.
So, if you hate cleaning as much as I do, one option is to move to a smaller home. If I didn't have my family and lived alone, there is no question I would be in the smallest bachelor apartment that I can find in my city.
Some people say that when you live in a small space because you use every available surface regularly, it will get dirty faster. Or you can't just shut the door to the basement and pretend that clutter doesn't exist. Those are all good points. But think this way--because you will notice dirt more in a smaller space, you will end up cleaning more often; but, each cleaning session will be shorter and easier (no deep cleaning will be required.)
Less paper means less time spent looking for documents, organising and cleaning your office and fewer paper cuts
The paper is my least favourite kind of clutter. Printers are evil. Why do we continue to print things on dead trees when we have computers, tablets, and smartphones?
Have you ever tried to dust or wipe a desk full of paper clutter? You need to relocate the stacks of paper to give a good wipe, and you have to wait until your desk is completely dry before you move them back. You will probably need some shuffling and reorganisation of the paper stack every time you move them around, too.
So much for the productivity!
Oh, and I'm pretty sure you've spilt some sugary beverages on your desk, and on your important paper documents, too.
Lastly, have you ever tried to look for an elusive piece of paper in your unorganised file cabinet? I have, and I refuse to do it ever again. Because your eyes don't come with the "ctrl F" or the "command F" function, you have to read every single damn document to find what you need. Geesh.
Less clutter means less time/money spent on cleaning
Do you still hate the idea of cleaning but not inclined to declutter after reading thus far? You can always hire someone to clean your place. Having less clutter means easier and faster cleaning for anyone, so if you're paying someone by the hour, you will end up saving money.
So, I hope I've convinced you to declutter if you want to have an easier time cleaning. It's a fact. Now go declutter and thank me later.