Cleaning: Make It Fun and Get It Done!

Everyone loves a clean house, but not everyone loves cleaning

There is this misconception that organizing and cleaning are the same thing. They are NOT. Organizing involves the efficient placement of items and cleaning is making sure everything is dusted, mopped, wiped down and sanitary. Big difference. I love to organize, and I hate to clean. Yes, I LOVE a clean home, but I don’t love cleaning.

That being said, I still do it and try to get my family to help out by making it fun. Create a little cleaning fun and make daily chores more bearable with my top 3 tricks for switching up your cleaning mindset!

Turn on the tunes

Music is magic. It can change your attitude and frame of mind. A great song can transport you to another time and place, so blast your favorite song and dance your way through the sweeping, mopping and dusting. It’s a good distraction and you’ll finish that chore before you realize it.

Turn it into friendly cleaning competition

Are you competitive? Then use this to your advantage and get the chores done even more quickly! Have a Chore Challenge or a Decluttering Duel with your spouse, roommate or children. Compete with each other to see who can reach their weekly cleaning goals first. Maybe the winner gets breakfast in bed. Make it interesting.

My sister and I used to do this when we were little kids and had to clean up our bedrooms. We competed against imaginary kids and called our little game “beat the boys.” That memory makes me laugh!

The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow

Are you motivated by goals? Then reward yourself for doing the tasks you enjoy the least. Get motivated by knowing you will have a well-deserved treat when you’re done. For instance, indulge in a piece of chocolate after cleaning the toilets (wash your hand really well first!) or watch your favorite show after mopping the floors. Find a reward that motivates you. Focus on the reward, not the task. No cheating…you only get the reward after the task at hand is complete.

Take the work out of housework by switching up your mindset. Take the negative out and find the fun. Then you can move on to something you’d rather be doing. Like eating chocolate!


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