Goodreads: The Busy Girl’s Guide to Speed Cleaning and Organizing
Age Category: Adult
You have a busy life, and cleaning your house does not fall very high on your list of priorities. Luckily, that doesn’t mean you have to live in an unclean home. It’s possible (and easy!) to enjoy a clean, fresh home in just thirty minutes! In The Busy Girl’s Guide to Speed Cleaning and Organizing, author and cleaning expert Elizabeth Bolling provides a goldmine of advice on the best ways to quickly and efficient achieve a clean home, without sacrificing precious time with your family and friends.
I borrowed an ebook of The Busy Girl’s Guide to Speed Cleaning and Organizing from the library, so I wasn’t aware of exactly how short it is until I downloaded and started flipping through it. I was disappointed to find that it doesn’t include that much information and doesn’t hold a lot of secrets about how to actually save myself time cleaning. The end point boils down to: spend a ton of time upfront deep cleaning your house and then clean a little bit every day to maintain it.
Now, I don’t think Bolling is wrong about her main points. I’m sure you do actually need to deep clean and “start” with a clean house to make things easier, and I can see how decluttering and getting rid of things you don’t use will make cleaning faster, too. (I recently decided myself that “not owning anything” was probably the key to a tidy living space.) However . . . these things obviously take time, a lot of time. So you’re going to have to invest days into cleaning and donating things before you can get to the part of the book you were probably looking forward to when you got it, which is how to spend only 30 minutes cleaning.
And that part is kind of disappointing. She basically recommends spending 5 min. cleaning each bedroom you have and 3 min. on each bathroom. Other rooms like the kitchen, living room, etc. also get 3-5 min. Then she gives a list of tasks you are supposed to do in your five minutes, like picking up clothes or making the bed. Vacuuming and mopping aren’t included, so that’s a whole other chunk of time you spend cleaning later. And, clearly, if you have more than 2 bedrooms you are going to spend more than 30 min. cleaning because you will have spent half or more of your allotted 30 min. just cleaning 3, 4, or 5 bedrooms you have.
I was looking for tips on how to clean faster or just clean less. Like, is there a certain product I can use that will keep my toilet cleaner longer so I don’t have to clean it as often? Instead, I just got a list of tasks to do and the instructions to . . . do them fast? Now, there may be SOMETHING to that. I do have some interest in setting a timer and seeing if I can actually clean a bathroom in 3 min. Maybe I can, and I usually take longer because I’m dawdling or something. But I didn’t check out a whole book telling me the secret is to have a clean house in the first place and then sprint around like an Olympian runner when I want to touch it up. The one really practical thing I came away with was the suggestion to carry a bag and put anything you want to move to a different room into that bag. Put it away in the right room once you go to that room, instead of walking back and forth. Otherwise, I didn’t get much out of this.
If I had looked at the Goodreads reviews first, I probably wouldn’t have checked this book out because none of them are that impressed. I was lured in by the promise of keeping my space clean with little effort, but this book simply doesn’t deliver any useful information on that front.