Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday: Make Cleaning Fun!

Top Ten {Tuesday}

Some people enjoy cleaning and organizing. I enjoy the idea of cleaning and organizing, and typically get 1/4 of the way through a project before getting distracted, leaving things in more of a mess than they were originally.

In an effort to keep myself motivated to make progress on housecleaning, I've compiled a list of things that make cleaning fun! Well, not quite fun, per se, but not excruciatingly yucky.

1. Coffee - starting with a good cup of coffee while planning the day's tasks really helps get things off on the right foot.

2. Attitude - having a good attitude for cleaning is ESSENTIAL. Absolutely vital. Are you muttering while you clean, berating the people in your house for being messy? Or are you thankful for having a comfortable home and for the ability to serve your family?

3. Playlist/Audiobook - a little entertainment goes a long way toward making a dreaded task enjoyable. Energetic music, especially the sing-a-long kind, really helps keep me going. A good audiobook can do the same thing, as long as it's not so interesting that you find yourself just sitting & listening!

4. Movie - I'm sure this seems out of place on the list, but I like watching something good while I fold laundry. Even if I'm way behind on folding (and when am I not?) I can get all of the folding done while doing something fun.

5. Checklist - the Motivated Moms chore planning system has really helped keep me on my toes. I highly recommend it; I'm definitely going to buy it again next year.

6. Apron - I don't have an apron, but I want one! I like the idea of putting it on to remind myself of what I'm supposed to be doing. And besides, they're cute!!

7. Scented Cleaner - to me, a house doesn't seem clean unless it smells fresh. Just yesterday I tried Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Geranium All-Purpose Cleaner, and it is fantastic! I want to use it all over the house, so that I can just sniff it all day long.

8. Tools - you don't need a lot of supplies to clean, but there are a few things that are very helpful. A bucket, good rags for scrubbing, a good duster, and a good mop help get things done in an efficient manner. (I would really like to try the Shark Steam Mop. Have you tried it? Is it a good as it looks?)

9. Snack/Water Breaks - making yourself work too long without a break is counterproductive. It's much better to plan on a short break every hour, with a glass of water and maybe a small snack. Otherwise, you'll exhaust yourself way too soon, and only get things half finished.

10. Flexibility - another essential if you've got littles underfoot, flexibility can help you keep your sanity on cleaning days. Gone are the days when I could whip my house into perfect shape with two hours of work. Instead, it's an all day or many-day process, and it never really gets "perfect." That's just how life is when you are raising small children! It takes longer. Being flexible about the timing of your cleaning helps keep the frustration at a minimum.

What do YOU do to make cleaning more enjoyable? I could always use more motivation!

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9 comments:

☺lani☺ said...

Great 10 ways to clean... but if I watch movie and fold laudry at the same time... I finished the movie, and unfinished the laundry LOL! Have a nice day!

Anonymous said...

Yep! Love your list! I like to set the laptop in the kitchen and watch a movie or show on Hulu or Netflix. Hubs can't understand it, he says it seems like I would be more efficient if I wasn't distracted by the show. But what he doesn't get is that the show keeps me in the kitchen! Otherwise I may not do it at all. ;)

Amber@ClassicHousewife said...

Oops! That last comment was from me!! =)

Andrea said...

I love your list! I TOTALLY agree with #5-having a checklist. I use lists every day (sometimes multiple lists!)
I am so much more productive if I have a plan of action and can see what I have to accomplish yet.

Olivia said...

Great list and tips! That reminds me--I have a ton of laundry to fold!

Sheri said...

I do have a Shark Steam Mop, and I love it. I just wish I had waited to get the newer one that can be used on carpets as well as floors.

Tawn said...

Involve the two year old as much as possible...picking up things, unloading silverware tray after all sharp objects have been removed, pushing the clothes in the dryer, etc. Also I try to split things up and do a bit everyday otherwise I will be disappointed when I can't complete it all and try to have the house clean by Friday when we're all home to enjoy it. Oh and Pandora on the iPod...nice.

oh amanda {impress your kids} said...

great list! the timer definitely works well for me. and working in zones instead of randomly running all over the house!

Melanie said...

GREAT tips!!! :) I think I need to post this list as a reminder to myself while I'm getting ready to clean!

Hope you have a wonderful day!
Melanie
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