Who actually likes to do chores? Not me! Although after the work is finished and done I have to admit that having a clean and uncluttered living area is always a plus. Being self motivated to actually do the cleaning is not always easy though. I have a few tips that I feel makes this mundane task more tolerable.
Use your IPod/MP3 Player while cleaning
Your favorite upbeat songs (maybe a workout playlist already loaded on your listening device?) can help to make the time go by much faster as you clean. Music is known remedy to uplift mood. While cleaning to my dance playlist on my IPod I tend to get in the zone and before I know it I am all finished!
Sometimes for a change of pace I also enjoy listening to audio books while cleaning. I know that audio books can get expensive though. An alternative to buying an audio book is to download and borrow one from your local library. Many local libraries carry audio books that you can load right on your IPod from your computer. After I log onto my local library’s website I “check-out” an audio book which also has a lending period like regular books do (the average lending period is about 21 days). Since cleaning doesn’t take much thought I get absorbed in the books topic and I hardly realize I’m doing housework at all!
Use a timer
I like to use a timer when I clean my house. It helps me to stay focused on looking forward to the end and getting a break! I usually set the timer to clean for 15 minutes and then I take a break and do whatever I want for another 15 minutes. You don’t need to purchase an extra timer for this. I use either my oven or microwave timer and it works just as well.
Stay focused on one project at a time
I noticed when I focus on one room at a time it really helps me to feel accomplished afterward. If I run around from one room to the next dusting or cleaning floors I really don’t see much of a change. Instead I make sure to dust, clean the floor and straighten up all in one room. Positive self talks is another little trick that I learned in Weight Watchers that actually helps me focus on the end result of housecleaning. While I’m cleaning I tell myself that with an uncluttered living room I will be able to relax. Or, that an organized pantry will make cooking much quicker and less stressful. Telling yourself all the good things that come out of cleaning will help you to not focus on the negative unpleasant parts of household chores.
Ask for help
Lastly, make sure to ask for help. Even if you do not have employment outside of the home it is not fair to have to clean up after everyone all the time. I used to feel like it was all my responsibility. Then I noticed that having to constantly pick up after other people would make me angry and resentful. I decided I needed to ask for help. My husband is wonderful with pitching in and my teenage daughter does the dishes most nights. Even my four year old son has learned its his responsibility to pick up his toys. Expressing my concerns made all the difference in our household. While I doubt cleaning is anybody’s favorite pastime, using some of the tips above will hopefully make it much more gratifying.