I have been a neat-nik most of my life, which for me also means being a clean freak. Having pets kept me from becoming a hermetically sealed germaphobe; there’s only so much clean you can accomplish when you live with animals. Still, I worked to keep my house spotless, cleaning it myself in between visits from the cleaning lady. Then, in preparation for the annual summer party, there was the deep clean, which included washing all windows inside and out, cleaning air vents and baseboards, polishing all the vintage furniture and wood trim, cleaning all glass and mirrors in the bar, waxing floors, and removing and cleaning all light fixtures.

Can I stop here for just a minute and say that I don’t miss that at all?

In a motorhome, my standards of cleanliness have changed. When you drive your wheel estate, a certain amount of dust and grime sneaks in through the slides and vents and windows, even when they are closed. Also, I am in a 320 square-foot space with three animals. The pet hair and dander and dirt from little paws was less noticeable in the 2,700 square-foot house. And, even when I remember to remove my shoes at the entrance, the floors are inevitably dirty. I can’t imagine being in an RV with carpeting! At least the grime is hard to see on my black industrial rubber flooring.

My new standard is pretty simple: If it looks clean, it is. Just don’t look at it too closely. And for heavens sakes, don’t bend down and look under things or in corners! Not sanitized. Not sterilized. Clean … ish. My new word for this new world: Sortalyzed.

The sinks? Wipe them out with Clorox wet wipes! Floors? Swiffer wet pad, and just mop around the throw rugs. The throw rugs? If the RV park has a laundromat, they might get done, along with the pet bedding. Dust? A quick once-over with a Swiffer 360. Windows? I clean the inside windshield after the dogs have had their noses all over it, but that is simply because I have to be able to see when I’m driving. Shower? Using an after-shower cleaning spray has drastically reduced how often I clean it. Furniture? If you come for a visit I will invite you to sit either at the vinyl dinette or on the leather captain chairs. The sofa? You’re going to end up wearing some pet hair if you sit there. A friend is coming for a visit soon, and I have advised against bringing a lot of black clothing, and anything woven or black, we’ll hang up immediately when we get back to the rig.

How are you keeping your RV clean? Or are you?