Think house cleaning is tedious and boring? Here are 10 easy ways to liven up your household chores.
Cleaning is often a mundane and time-consuming task, so it’s no wonder you lack the motivation to do your ever-growing list of chores. Some weeks are harder than others and, quite frankly, keeping your home clean and tidy is a miserable experience from beginning to end. Sure, there may be the odd chorethat isn’t too bad, but let’s be honest, you’d rather be doing something you actually enjoy. But – what if there was a way to make house cleaning fun? It’s quite simple. You just need to shake things up a little.
Try the following tips to make cleaning your home less stressful and (dare we say it) a lot more fun.
Tip #1: Turn Up The Funky Tunes
One of the best ways to make house cleaning fun is to keep yourself entertained with some music. Sticking on some upbeat tunes will also motivate you to work harder, as well as help to ensure you get your chores done in no time. You can sing along to your favorite songs and dance around the house while dusting, vacuuming and de-griming.
Tip #2: Have Energy-Building Snacks At The Ready
Before you start cleaning, prepare some healthy snacks so you don’t feel tempted to raid the fridge when you lose steam. Choose things like nuts, crackers with peanut butter or popcorn, and leave them out on the kitchen counter. As soon as you lose focus, pick one of your energy-building options then crack on with some more housework.
Tip #3: Have A Competition With Your Roommate, Spouse Or Family
Decide which areas of the house each of you are going to clean and set a reward for whoever gets all their chores completed first. It could be that the winner gets to choose where you next go out to eat or which movie you’ll watch that evening. If there’s no one around to have a competition with, you can still challenge yourself. Simply set a timer and race against the time to motivate yourself to finish quicker.
Tip #4: Phone A Friend
Obviously, you’ll need to leave the vacuuming for another time with this one. However, you can dust your surfaces, wash the dishes, mop the floors and scrub down your kitchen and bathroom while catching up with one of your best pals. Put your friend on loudspeaker and keep your smartphone close by so you can chat your way through your house cleaning chores. Just be extra careful when using your mobile device near water.
Tip #5: Switch On The TV
You don’t have to be sat on the couch doing nothing to watch a TV show. No, my friend. You can watch whatever you like while folding the laundry, loading or unloading the dishwasher, clearing away the clutter and dusting. Whether it be a sitcom, chat show or movie, you won’t even notice you’re actually cleaning the house whilst the TV is on.
Tip #6: Burn Some Calories
Struggle to fit exercise into your already busy schedule?Believe it or not, you’ll burn lots of calories when carrying out most of your typical household chores. Don’t forget about your backyard either. Things like mowing the lawn, weeding and sweeping are great calorie burners and muscle toners. Who needs the gym?!
Tip #7: Make Cleaning A Family Affair
If you have kids, get them to help out so that you can take care of your cleaning tasks faster. Plus, you can use this time to build a closer bond with your children by chatting or telling stories. You could even create games (like in Tip 2) and give them their own set of cleaning tools to make them feel like a grownup. Besides, cleaning with kids is heaps more entertaining than doing it alone.
Tip #8: Buy Some Mop Slippers
Seriously, these things exist. You just slip your feet into a pair of mop slippers to make cleaning your wood, vinyl or tile floors a breeze. Microfiber mop slippers are better at capturing dust, dirt and pet hair with or without the use of water. They’re also great for getting to those hard to reach areas. Most importantly, mop slippers offer you a fun way to get your floors sparkling.
Tip #9: Clean Your Home In The Evening With A Glass Of Wine
There’s nothing stopping you from sipping on your favorite tipple while getting your hands dirty. It doesn’t have to be an alcoholic drink either. If you prefer a nice cup of hot chocolate or a milkshake, remember, you’ll be burning calories when cleaning so it’s perfectly fine to have one sinful drink.
Tip #10: Always Reward Yourself After A Deep Clean
You probably only deep clean some rooms, such as the kitchen or bathroom once a month, so reward yourself at the end of a hard day of scrubbing. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or expensive. You could treat yourself to some new shoes, a manicure or a big slice of cake from your local café. Decide what you’re going to buy or do before you start a deep clean and always keep it in mind to get you through those chores with ease.
These are just a handful of ideas to bring some joy back into your house cleaning and keep your home looking great. You just need to use your imagination to make cleaning time seem like a blast instead of a total bore. If you can think of some other ways to make your necessary tasks more fun, feel free to share away in the comments section below.ing