I dread cleaning. Please tell me it’s not just me. Please?! I used to love it before I had kids. I really do hate to blame so many things on my children, but seriously! It’s like my fresh vacuumed carpet rows have some sort of child (or husband) beacon that calls to them, begging them to walk all over it. What’s up with that? But I found some ways to make it a bit easier.
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Through the years, I have tried to find ways to make cleaning more enjoyable for myself. Because having a clean house is a necessity of life…and necessary for my sanity.
My first suggestion is to wear comfortable clothes! Comfortable clothes can make all of the difference in the world in how you feel and your mood. They also allow you to move freely and it is a lot easier to get things done.
Hardest Tasks First
Most people have more energy in the morning so it is a lot easier to get the cleaning done in the morning! I am much more efficient this way and I get everything done much faster. In fact, Monday’s are my cleaning days and I typically get up early so that I can have a bunch of the cleaning done before my kids are even awake! It may sound a bit ambitious but I notice a significant difference in my energy level and how quickly I am able to get things done.
Good Music – Turn It Loud!
There is something about music that just speaks to our souls! Make a ‘Cleaning Playlist’ that is upbeat and energetic. It helps you keep your energy level up! Sometimes I am able to look back after I have cleaned my house and I have been super surprised at how enjoyable it was and how quickly I was able to get it done.
Podcast or Audiobook
I used to clean houses for clients as my job when I was going to college. It was then that I discovered listening to books on my iPod. Only way back then, I used to have to check them out from the library and upload them onto my iPod! Times have sure changed…thank goodness for Audible! I remember cleaning for hours and hours while listening to the Harry Potter audiobooks. Those did wonders for me for making cleaning go by fast! Find books or podcasts that you love and those will make cleaning time fly by!
Set a Timer
Sometimes I have to pretend that I am a 5-year-old who doesn’t want to do her chores. So I have to set a timer for myself and speed clean pre-designated tasks to see if I can get them all done before the timer goes off. This is especially helpful if you are under the gun with guests coming over!
Buy Cleaners that Smell Good!
Good scents do wonders for our mood. Citrus scents are particularly invigorating and are great for making our house smell clean and vibrant! Buy a series of cleaners in your favorite scent and that makes cleaning much more enjoyable. I started purchasing my cleaning products from Grove Collaborative a couple of years ago and I just love their cleaning supplies! I feel better about using these cleaners around my kids and I love the variety of scents that they have.
Although cleaning isn’t very fun most of the time, try implementing some of these steps and you may find yourself being more efficient in your cleaning and you might actually enjoy it!
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- How To Make Your House Smell Like Cookies
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Here is another great article I really liked called: House Cleaning for the Soul: How to Improve Your Mood.