With the exception of the kitchen table, currently covered in research papers and post-it notes, our apartment is pretty darn clean. And it's just getting cleaner.
I have a very simple resolution for 2008, a resolution that I forced upon my husband as well. We are going to spend 10 minutes a day, every day, cleaning. And not just cleaning--cleaning fast and efficiently, on a timer, no dilly-dallying allowed. 10 minutes, moving fast. That's all. We set the timer for 10, work like mad, and when the timer starts beeping, we're done.
We've done this before and, in the beginning, it seems like the 10-minute plan could never work. But after a few days of quick and efficient 10-minute clean-up, things start to get clean. After a few more days, things start to get shiny. And, pretty soon, you start having to look for things to clean--behind bookcases, under sinks, the top of the fridge.
I know, 10 minutes doesn't seem like very much time. But 10 minutes times 2 people is 20 minutes. And 20 minutes times 7 week days is 140 minutes. And 140 times 52 weeks is a whopping, what? 7,280 minutes, which is almost too much of life spent cleaning.
You can even get a load of laundry in and--if you're fast enough--a load put away. But that takes practice.