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How residents of different countries get rid of the mess in the apartment and why their advice should be noted


Time goes by, and the perfect way to end the mess in the house once and for all does not appear. Meanwhile, according to sociological data, most people from different countries argue that cleanliness in the house is either important or very important for them. It is not surprising that in the lists of the most popular books, the leading positions are stably occupied by publications on cleaning, which are multiplying like a snowball, offering more and more new systems of restoring order. Some of them are secondary and useless, but many contain a number of practical advice that would not hurt to take note of all those who are concerned about the cleanliness of their home.

We made a selection of basic cleaning systems so that you would appreciate the advantages of each and, based on them, develop the one that suits you. And since the expense of such cleaning systems already goes to dozens, we decided to combine them into blocks by country.

American cleaning

  • "Sloppy Sisters". In the late 1970s, under this pseudonym, two girls, Pam Young and Peggy Jones, wrote the book Unassembled Housewives: From Barn to Heaven, in which they presented, in fact, the first cleaning system in history. She offers the hostess a filing way to restore order.
    All cases are recorded on cards of different colors and sorted into sections "for the day", "for the week", "for the month", "for the season". In the morning, the hostess completes a set of cards with tasks, placing them in the "today" section, and at the end of the day returns the fulfilled cards to places (except for daily tasks), replacing them with the following.
  • "Reactive Housewives". Something like this translates the name of the popular system Flylady. Its author, Marla Silly, suggested that women divide the house into zones (living room, hallway and dining room, kitchen, bathroom / kids room, bedroom / toilet) and give each of them only 15 minutes to clean each weekday and leave the weekend for themselves.
    In order to keep up, you need to act as quickly as possible. To do this, start the timer: as soon as it rang, the work stops. In addition, you should make a list of small cases (“rutin”), repeated daily. You also need to take 5 minutes a day to disassemble the "hot spots" - places where the mess likes to break up.
    It is equally important to find and throw away 27 unnecessary items every day (as part of the process of defroiling, without which it is impossible to maintain order). One day there is a short weekly cleaning - “the hour of blessing at home”.

  • "Anonymous Lazy"Another American Sandra Felton advises to assign each thing its place and store this thing only there, and return there immediately after use. In addition, the system provides for 3 methods of breaking up: "Mount Vermont", "Vesuvius" and "Rushmore".
    The first offers to sort all the things in the apartment in 3 boxes ("leave", "throw" and "think"). "Vesuvius" - to do everything the same, but for a limited time. "Rushmore" involves the division of responsibilities into several family members.

Japanese cleaning

  • Fumio Sasaki Method. Japanese blogger and ardent follower of minimalism Fumio Sasaki in his book “Goodbye, Things: New Japanese Minimalism” offers a radical way to restore order in the apartment: you just need to throw away all unnecessary, and continue to refrain from acquiring things without the urgent need for them.
    According to Fumio, all his personal belongings can fit in one small bag. A significant advantage of this approach, in addition to the ideal order in the house, is a good economy. Well, the charming lightness of being, of course.
  • Nagisa Tatsumi Method. Perhaps, few people will decide to apply the Fumio Sasaki method in practice: it’s too traumatic for many of us to part with our favorite (and even not so much) things. Nagisa Tatsumi, the author of the book “The Art of Getting Rid of Unnecessary Things”, helps to take this step.
    She gives practical advice and simple recommendations on how to finally “let go” of existing things and refrain from acquiring new ones. Nagisa encourages us to think about our attitude to the possession of things and get rid of the “accumulation syndrome” once and for all, and with it all that we don’t really need.

  • Method Yukiko Kaneko, described in her book "Life without things: how to free the house and the heart," can be described as "cleaning by psycho." Total Yukikovydelyaet 6 types of owners: "economic mommy", "too busy", "too tired", "buying grandmother", "too many hobbies", "shopping queen", each in a history of their problems and their own way to lead life.
    For example, the "economic mummies" all things, it would seem, are in perfect order. Nevertheless, housing seems cluttered because of the abundance of objects, and the necessary thing is often difficult to find among a dozen of these. Yukiko Kaneko recommends that such hostesses adopt the "1/5 principle": leave at least 1/5 of any space free and also regularly sort out clothes and documents for their relevance.
    The "too busy" has another problem: it seems there are few things, but there is no time for putting things in order because of the very busy schedule. Such people Yukiko Kaneko advises to do a quality organization of his time, and in terms of cleaning focus on extinguishing the "hot spots", from which the mess grows.

German cleaning

  • "House sparkling". This cleaning system is built on the principle of "clean up after you." It's simple: cooked food - wipe the stove, ate - wash the dishes, inherit in the hallway - sweep the floor. In other words, using the terminology of this system, “destroy evidence”. Regular cleaning is done not by zones, but by rooms: 30 minutes are given for cleaning the “room of the day”.
    There are additional tasks in categories with funny names: "lamb" - for "room of the day", "duck" - the task of parsing trash. As an important component of the method, it is recommended to constantly involve your family members in the work, not excluding children - the tasks for them in the system are called “worms”.
  • "Discarded Shoes". The book of the German psychologist Robert Bets "Throwing out old shoes! We give life a new direction" is not a system for cleaning the house, but a call for clearing up your life as a whole. According to the author, just as eager hostesses dismantle distant shelves of cabinets, each person should analyze the installations cluttering his consciousness.

    The goal is to identify the stereotypes of thinking and bad habits that interfere with living - those very “old shoes”, according to Bets' metaphor. His approach is useful because, without affecting particulars, he aims to eradicate the common cause of any confusion - erroneous life algorithms, correcting which a person will achieve harmony - in the soul, in life, and in his own home.

And what cleaning systems and housekeeping techniques do you use at home?