Okay, here’s my dilemma. I get up at 6 to get to work by 8am, work ends at 6:30pm, I go to the gym for an hour, then it’s 7:30, I’m home ~8:30. Then I need to eat. I’m usually asleep by 10. Many nights, I go to the boyfriend’s place, eat, fall asleep by 10. Then it’s up at 5:30 to have time to get to my place for a change of clothes, etc. On this schedule, I hardly have time to do laundry, and it usually never gets fully put away.
Other salient details are that I’m 24 and this is my first apartment alone (studio). I live in manhattan. I am not an incredibly tidy person by nature, and this is exacerbated by always being in a rush, or so it seems.
The problem is that I’m starting to notice the dreaded NYC cockroaches slowly invade my little apartment, and this is slightly horrifying. I can deal with a few of them, I figure in NY it’s almost a given, but they’re starting to become more noticable by day which means they’re probably multiplying rapidly out of sight. I went online like a good little researcher, and all the sites say the same thing: KEEP A FASTIDIOUS HOUSE, wipe up every crumb, seal up all food, don’t keep any dishes in the sink, don’t even keep MOISTURE in the sink, don’t let piles of anything (clothing, paper, dust) accumulate, etc. etc.
Now, this would be fine and good if I had two hours a day to devote to cleaning, but I don’t. The prospect of spending all weekend every weekend cleaning my whole apartment with bleach makes me wilt like a flower. There’s got to be a way, there have got to be tips and tricks to keeping a place relatively clean with a minimal time commitment, and I’m counting on the older, wiser dopers to help me out, please!
What’s your secret to keeping a clean, tidy house on a busy schedule??
P.S. I have not the money for a maid.