Thanks gayle0000 and more on litter
I have to thank gayle0000 for motivating me on to a new cat litter management plan. I, too had been scooping into plastic bags, sometimes not taking out same day if dark or raining, sometimes adding more than one day to use fewer bags. Had considered some kind of diaper-pail system but never did anything about it. Read about her snap-lid and didn't do anything right away.
Then last week, my favorite TJMaxx store had these step-on garbage pails in small sizes including a tiny ? 1-gallon or so. They aren't actually air-tight, but have an inner plastic pail, and the way the lid closes is pretty snug and has nice action. I am now using this (lined with bag) and it works great, no smell at all (compared to bag would smell in a day or so if I left it in the room). I think this will hold about 3 days, maybe 4.
I agonized over buying the next bigger size,which would still hold a grocery bag but last a week or so, but so far I like the smallest one--I often use grocery bags, which are not as sturdy as Wal-Mart, say, so don't want the bag burstingly full, and was not trying to have prolonged poop storage, just stretch out to several days.
On the subject of litter scattered on the floor--the litter box and food are in our laundry room. Of course that has its downside, but it's the best place in the house. I let it get kinda messy over the last few weeks during a busy work phase, then did a major wipedown/vacuum/mop. I use a litter mat and everything, but litter still gets on the floor, a little bit every day, is hard to vacuum, is worse to make wet. (I think if my floorspace were configured a bit differently, a different litter mat size and shape might help some more, but I've got what I've got. Also, I used a closed Bouda box long ago, but I figure the open boxes are easier to clean daily). I'm thinking, this is just the biggest pain, and it'll only last a short time.
I keep a soft short broom and dustpan right on the wall for major spills or quick cleanup. So then my duh moment was, just do it. The quick cleanup, I mean. The soft broom actually gathers the litter as well as the vacuum and you can get the wall edges. So I have started just doing that every day when I scoop or feed the cats or whatever. I guess it might work as well to use the cordless vac or a dustbuster, but with this, I just dump the little bit of litter from the dustpan back in the box. The point for me was, just do it every day.
Or at least that's what I'm trying to do for now and see if it pays off.
It's tough to admit, but the way to have things clean is sometimes, you gotta clean!