Minimalism is all about spareness and simplicity. It’s a way of thinking, a lifestyle, and a movement that’s had an enormous influence on art, music, and interior design.
And now, we think it’s time that minimalism came to cleaning.
Now, practicing cleaning minimalism isn’t isn’t an excuse to stop tidying up altogether! Instead, it’s an invitation to be more thoughtful about the cleaning products and tools you use. It’s a way of cutting down on clutter, reducing waste, and saving money – while still making sure that you’re fully equipped to handle all of your cleaning needs.
How can you start practicing cleaning minimalism? Here are three ideas to get you started:
Don’t Buy More Than You Need
Did you know that Chicago homes generate more than 900,000 tons of garbage every single year? That’s a huge, almost unbelievable amount of waste. And it all affects our environment, for better and for worse. But there are steps you can take to make sure that you’re doing your part to keep the earth healthy – while also taking care of your family!
One big thing you can do to help protect the environment – and keep your house feeling tidy and organized – is to be very conscientious about what cleaning products you buy. This is a great rule of minimalism – only get what you need.
Try not to buy more than you need! For instance, most household cleaners don’t really “go bad,” the way that food does. Most disinfectants, multi-surface cleaners, soaps, and polishes will last on your shelf for years and years, even if you don’t use them every day. Stock up on high-quality products, and you should be good to go for some time.
Another way to conserve and go minimalist? Be sure to go for what works – not just for what happens to be on sale. Trust us, it’s easy to tell the difference between a quality cleaning product and a cheap knock-off. Plus, when you buy better products, you can typically use less for each job, letting you keep your supply for longer (and actually save money in the long run).
You may also be surprised by just how much cleaning power you can get out of other household solutions you already have on hand, like essential oils, lemon juice, vinegar, or baking powder. After all, if you can get the job done with materials you already have at home, why rush out and buy stuff that’s just going to sit around and gather dust?
Look for Cleaning Products That Are Multi-Functional
One great way to practice minimalism is to limit your purchases to items that have multiple uses. In home decor, for example, this might mean buying a couch that also contains hidden storage, or a shelf that holds books, records, and a few family heirlooms all at once.
When it comes to cleaning, there are all sorts of products you can stock up on that will let you do two or more jobs with just one tool.
For example, canister vacuums are great for area rugs, high and hard-to-reach areas, stairs, and more. This one tool can help you all around the house, maybe even better than six different tools and attachments ever could.
Similarly, we always encourage people to stock up on microfiber cloths, which are reusable, and which you can use to clean windows, dust countertops, polish surfaces, and more.
And as for cleaning products? There are all sorts of solutions that you’ll be able to use all throughout your home. Your go-to all-purpose cleaner, say, will usually work on floors, walls, countertops, and countless other standard surfaces. White vinegar can be put to work in the bathroom or in the kitchen equally easily. Concentrated dish soap is great for everything from cleaning light switches, to spot-treating stains to, yes, even doing the dishes!
Get creative, do some research, and you may be able to save money, time, and effort by focusing in on these multi-use products!
Create a Storage Space
One of the core ideas behind minimalism in the home is maxing out your space by limiting your stuff. Just as important, in many cases, is limiting where you keep your cleaning supplies!
We encourage you to set up a dedicated storage space for all of your cleaning supplies. This way, you’re not letting your products pile up all over the house.
Not only can keeping supplies in different places easily lead to clutter, but it also makes it easier to lose track of what you already have. When everything is stored together, it’s easier to take inventory, so you don’t forget what you already own. This can help you avoid spending more on supplies you don’t actually need!
In your storage area, you can also go one step further, and make everything even more organized! For example, you might want to set up a system so that similar types of cleaning supplies are kept on the same shelf. Or maybe you’ll want to prepare a cleaning caddy with essentials, something that’s portable and ready to go right when you need it.
Plus, there are all sorts of DIY hacks that the true minimalists and space savers out there might be able to help you with. Think about how you can make the most of whatever space you dedicate for your cleaning supplies. Could a spinning lazy susan, or an over-the-door organizer, help you get the most value out of your storage? Don’t be afraid to experiment, and see what works for you.
Bring In the Experts
One of the best ways to practice cleaning minimalism? Why not leave buying and storing the equipment to your clean home specialists?
That’s where Sweeping Dimensions comes in! We bring all of the cleaning supplies and equipment needed to clean your home, with a focus on green, environmentally sound cleaning products. With a professionally trained and uniformed staff, all of our cleanings are fully customizable to meet your unique needs. We have the right solutions to fit your job, whether you’re looking for a deep clean, routine housekeeping, or service for a special event!
Here at Sweeping Dimensions, we always make a sweeping effort to make life less stressful! Ready to see what quality supplies and impeccable service truly look like? Drop us a line today to receive your FREE estimate!