One of the key selling features of minimalism for me – just slightly behind increased personal freedom – is that there’s less stuff to dust.
I don’t like dusting.
Back in my pre-minimalism days, I used to have all these little tchotchkes that needed dusting. Even my collection of books and DVDs required attention.
At first, I thought about buying a bookcase with glass doors so that I could still see my things without having to dust them. But then I discovered minimalism and decided to just get rid of my stuff instead.
Problem (mostly) solved.
neat and tidy
Even though I’m not a fan of dusting, or for that matter, cleaning in general, I still love the things that I do have to be nicely organized. It’s a paradox.
My home (wherever that may be at the moment), always looks neat and tidy – though not necessarily spotless.
And since I live in small spaces for the most part, when I do clean, it doesn’t take very long. Another bonus of this living with less lifestyle.
keeping it au naturel
My cleaning system has changed dramatically in the last few years and even more so in the last few months. I’ve gone from using toxic cleaners with very specific purposes to using more natural ingredients with multiple purposes.
I’ve also discovered the wonders of baking soda and vinegar!
I make my own all-purpose cleaner consisting of half water and half vinegar with a drop or two of lavender oil.
I clean my toilet bowl with a sprinkling of baking soda, a slosh of vinegar and some scrubbing action.
Aside: Never mix natural ingredients with chemical products. It’s a toxic medley. No bueno.
I’ve even decided to decrease my ration of paper towels from one roll a month to one roll for the summer. Since I purchased some microfiber cloths and keep some rags on hand, this has worked out really well! It’s been two months and I still haven’t used more than a couple of paper towels. I don’t know why I didn’t jump on board sooner.
So while I’ll never be able to eliminate dusting entirely, having less stuff has definitely helped me minimize it. And for that, I say thank you to the (god)dess of minimalism.*
* I’m not exactly sure if there is a (god)dess of minimalism, but I imagine he/she would appreciate a sacrifice of a tchotchke every now and again.
P.S. Happy 146th Birthday Canada! You don’t look a day past 100!