Let’s face it; there aren’t many people out there that love to clean. Sure there may be some few aspects of it that you enjoy- one of it being the end result. But for the most part cleaning is not something that many of us really like doing. However, cleaning your house doesn’t have to be a miserable experience! With a few easy changes on how to go about it, it can be fun.
Here are five ways to make cleaning your home more fun, less stressful, and even entertaining.
1. Play Music
Whether you like soft music, loud music, classical music, pop music, listening to music can elevate your mood, give your brain something to do while cleaning the house and get your body moving. Cleaning can be monotonous but adding a little dancing, singing and twirling to it can put a pep in your step. So, don’t be afraid to turn on some upbeat, funky music before you start scrubbing that will make you want to dance, sing along, and get to work.
2. Make it Into a Game
If you are doing the cleaning with your spouse or kids, compete and see who will be the first to clean their assigned area. Or you can make a point system for different chores you will be doing. Make cleaning one room three points, cleaning the windows five points and vacuuming 6 points. Scrubbing the stove maybe ten and folding and arranging a wide load of clothes might be twelve. See who can garner the most points. Set a reward for the winner, maybe choose a movie for the night or go out to eat at your favorite family pizza place.
If you are alone, you can also make it a game. Set a timer and see how much time you can take to have a certain job done. For example, you can set 15 minutes for cleaning one room and try to race against time.
3. Do It With Someone
Cleaning can be a fun activity if you do it with someone you like and enjoy being with. This can be your child, your spouse, just a friend or anyone who would like to help and have some fun with you. You can chat while cleaning, sing along to some of your favorite songs and joke around. This makes time go by fast and you’ll find yourself finishing your cleaning chores in no time. If you have kids, teach them a few basics of cleaning and have them do some little chores alongside you. No matter the person you choose to do cleaning with just remember to enjoy each other’s company.
4. Break It Up
Nobody really likes doing the same thing for too long even if it’s your favorite activity under the sun. For your cleaning efforts to be successful and fun, consider taking a few short breaks in between. Spend a few minutes during the break reading a good book, taking a walk outside, or just relaxing with your feet up. Adding a break in between cleaning not only breaks up the work, but makes you less exhausted afterward.
Make sure not to make your break too long or you could find yourself having trouble getting back on task. 5 to 10 minutes is okay.
5. Reward Yourself
The end result of a sparkling clean house is that great feeling you get. Consider rewarding yourself after hitting major cleaning milestones. By doing this, you will learn to appreciate the cleaning process for the reward you will enjoy later. There is nothing that feels better than having a long warm bath knowing that there is nothing else to do on your to-do list.
What’s more enjoyable that a bubble bath, a glass of wine, and knowing you will be able to spend your afternoon relaxing in a clean home?
There you have it, following the tips outlined above, and you will realize that cleaning doesn’t have to be a miserable experience anymore. I hope this article have helped you make summer cleaning time more fun. It feels great to be productive, doesn’t it? Have fun cleaning.