1. Japanese method: “Just in case...”
At the base of Marie Kondo’s method, there is your own picture of a perfect house. Even if it’s a rented apartment or house that you don’t like for some reason, you can still make it as comfortable as possible.
2. The hug principle
Leo Babauta who created a blog about minimalism asks you to think about why you buy stuff. It may be to have a feeling of safety, for approval, or for comfort. He advises you to try to think about what you really need and what you think you need.
When it comes to cleaning, Leo loves the theory of “small things that are hard to notice” instead of one big thing. For example, it’s better to sweep the floor just as soon as you notice it instead of spreading it around the house and cleaning the entire place.
3. Messies anonymous
This system was designed in 1982 by Sandra Felton, an American woman who lost her dissertation in her house. This was the last straw: Sandra was tired of feeling like she was doing something wrong, so she decided to study this problem and make her own rules.
She thinks that it’s easy to make a place clean if you have a certain order in it, where everything should have its own place. Teach yourself to put things in their place. This habit, just like any other, can be acquired in 21 days.
Some of Sandra’s rules:
4. Burning house method
Alison Hodgson discovered the minimalistic approach to organizing a room and started writing articles about how she relaxed her consciousness when she had a fire in her house. The family had enough time to save only the necessary devices and clothes; the toys and other things were burned. According to Alison, they couldn’t even remember what was kept in the farthest cabinet and they couldn’t throw them away.
Her main recommendation is a little too hopeful, but it still gives us an understanding of what is really valuable: ask yourself what will be the first things you would grab in a fire and only keep the things that really bring you joy.
5. Having fun cleaning with FlyLady
“FlyLady” is probably the most famous cleaning system, mainly because the creator believes that cleaning should be enjoyable. Her main principle is to try to get rid of the stress brought on by long hours of cleaning on weekends. This time could have been spent with your family.
The author of the system recommends spending 15 minutes per day and literally using a timer.
6. American “un-messing”
“Un-messing” helps to clean your apartment better without having too many extra things around. There are several methods:
7. “Sparkling house” or “sheep and worms”
The “Sparkling house” system is based on the right attitude to cleaning: don’t take it as something global and necessarily unpleasant. This method’s creators turned cleaning into a series of everyday rituals.