Have you noticed when you clean up smaller messes they seem to take less time than if you save it all up for later?
I’m really good about cleaning up the kitchen as I prepare meals. Like, if I finish chopping vegetables, I’ll put the vegetables in the pan on the stove, and then turn around and wash the cutting board and knife as the vegetables are cooking. By the time the meal is cooked, I have the miscellaneous pots, pans, and bowls drying in or around the sink. As soon as I’m done eating, everything is mostly dry and ready to be put away. I like that type of upkeep because it requires less effort on my part. I’m able to use the extra time to hang out with my family sooner instead of being stuck in the kitchen once again to clean up!
I usually do this in our glass shower doors. I tried a couple of other methods to cleaning our shower doors, but I realized that it’s just easier to squeegee right as I head out of the shower and it’s less to clean up. Plus, it just looks slightly better on a daily basis rather than devoting too much time to let the water drops build up and dry on the glass and then try to deal with it all over again.
I don’t think you have to apply the clean as you go philosophy in every single thing you do, but it can be helpful if you have areas where stuff keeps building up or you recognize you are devoting too much time on something.
One of the “tricks” I have found for our floors is to have a Roomba. (I’ve talked more about it here.) While we still have to vacuum and mop, the time we do it is significantly less because the Robot does most of the maintaining for us. (Unless our kids push the button to turn it off, but that’s another issue!)
There is one spot I’m notorious for not “cleaning as I go” and that’s if I’m working on a craft project. It gets crazy, but I welcome chaos once in a while too! 😉