Okay, let’s just be honest. Most of us don’t find cleaning fun. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Here are some ideas to help you look forward to that weekly cleaning routine.
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How To Make Cleaning More Fun
1. Short bursts
The idea of spending hours cleaning makes me want to run screaming for the nearest couch and remote control. I just don’t want to dedicate that much time to one boring task. However, breaking cleaning up into smaller chunks is just fine.
Spend fifteen minutes everyday just tidying different areas of your home. Sweep the kitchen and clean the counters. Wipe the toilet, sink and counters. Put the stationery back where it belongs in your home office. Working in this manner makes maintaining a tidy home much more manageable.
2. Make It A Contest
Turn household chores into a contest with your family. See who can make their bed the fastest or who can fold and put away their laundry first.
If you have a competitive side, then this is a great motivator and there could even be a small prize at the end of it. Maybe the winner gets to choose the next pizza toppings or choose which movie to watch Saturday night.
3. Race The Clock
Even if you don’t want to involve your family, you can still make cleaning a race. Set a timer and try to clean a specific area before time runs out. If you beat the clock, you can reward yourself to that treat you’ve been wanting all week or some other prize that will keep you interested.
There’s nothing better than your favourite jams to get you in a good mood. Pop or classical, it doesn’t matter. Just crank that music up and party while you’re cleaning. Pretend you’re the next Beyoncé and dance along with your “backup dancers”, all in your head of course. The point is, you’ll be distracted and enjoy yourself.
5. Get Silly
When I was younger, the broom looked like it had a high top when turned upside down so I pretended it was a boy I was dancing with while I was cleaning. (Don’t judge me!) It kept me going while I was getting my chores done. I was happy and so was my mother, although she didn’t know why I was always willing to sweep the floors.
Use your imagination while you are cleaning and sing into your mop or dance with the broom. As long as you don’t mind looking silly, you’ll find yourself having a blast.
6. Create A Chore List With Rewards
Use a chore list to ensure that everyone in the house knows exactly what responsibilities they have and no one can make excuses. Keep track of who did what and maybe create a reward for the person who finishes all their chores first or who does the most chores.
Click the image below to download a free printable Chore Chart:
7. Cleaning Bin
Cleaning is not a task for adults only. A cleaning bin is a great way to get younger children involved. Simply get a storage bin or sturdy box. Allow them to carry the container around the house collecting any of their belongings that have been left strewn about. They can then place them in their rightful location.
You can even let them decorate the box or bin anyway they like using stickers, crayons and even paint or make it into a train and add wheels and a rope for pulling. Creativity here is the key. Your kids will want to clean up if they feel it’s a game or playtime.
8. Invest In Great Cleaning Equipment
Have you ever tried vacuuming and the dust just laughs at the vacuum cleaner and stays in place? It is incredibly frustrating trying to clean with useless tools. Invest in a good vacuum cleaner or anything else that will make your life easier. Cleaning won’t be a struggle and it will take a shorter time if you don’t have to go over the same spot five times trying to get one piece of lint.
9. Use Yummy Smelling Cleaning Agents
Part of the reward of cleaning is how fantastic your home smells when you’re done. At least it is for me. I love light and fresh fragrances like lemons so when I’m done scrubbing my bathroom, I usually stand and inhale deeply and feel quite pleased with myself.
You can create your own cleaning agents at home and add your favourite essential oils.
You can actually burn a ton of calories while cleaning so slap on a pedometer, set a goal and see how many steps you take while you mop those floors. You’ll be sweating in no time.
How do you make your cleaning routine fun? Share your tips with me in the comments below.