Let’s face it, housekeeping is a chore, especially when the weather starts getting nice. But just because it IS a chore doesn’t mean it has to feel like one. Incorporating fun, with or without kids involved, can get done faster and easier and set a positive tone for the rest of the day or week.
A Cleaning Service understands the importance of a clean house, and we want to help you get your space clean using our five fun cleaning tips, so you can brighten your home as you brighten your mood.
Crank the music
Turn up your favorite music and sing and dance along. Dancing boosts your mood by reducing depression and anxiety. This playfulness makes cleaning fun, and you may be surprised by how quickly you finish your tasks.
Dance from each room or area you finish. Don’t limit what type of music you listen to either – if it gets you moving, it’s game! Christmas music? Heavy Metal? Dance Club Beats? Go for it! Get the kids involved and whoever finishes cleaning their designated room first gets to choose the next song.
Use a timer
Speaking of quick… set a timer for each task or room that needs to be cleaned. See how much you can complete in a limited time, making an agreement with yourself that once the timer chimes, you are done.
This is an excellent solution for tidying an area before guests arrive or when you are short on time. The timer keeps you focused on what’s important, so you don’t find yourself sidetracked with minor details.
Make it a game or a challenge
Using a timer is somewhat like a game because it creates motivation and competition to complete a task. Similarly, giving points or rewards for cleaning an area can also accomplish this. For example, use an open-ended chore chart for kids to choose tasks that earn specific rewards. Or, turn the list into a BINGO card and let them win a prize for their 4-5 jobs.
Choose ahead of time what reward you will earn. A massage? A new shirt? A favorite dinner or treat? Dangle that carrot for yourself and make regular cleaning into a fun new habit.
While multi-tasking at work may hinder your productivity, it can pass the time like a breeze when it comes to cleaning. Watch your favorite show while folding laundry, listen to a podcast or audiobook while scrubbing the bathroom and kitchen, or call your best friend while deep cleaning the fridge.
By taking some focus off the tedious chore, it becomes less painful.
If you’ve tried all the above tricks and just can’t find any enjoyment in cleaning, it may be best to outsource it. If you look at the list and laugh because you know that you won’t do them, outsource your cleaning. If you dream of living in a hotel simply so you have no chores, it may be time for a cleaning service.
Sometimes, the best way to enjoy your home is to be the one not cleaning it. If cleaning your home is too much of a chore, we are happy to help.
Homeowners have relied on the skill and expertise of A Cleaning Service for over 30 years in the Greater Washington DC, Arlington, Virginia, and Maryland areas. An award-winning residential cleaning company, we make your life easier with professional, reliable, and knowledgeable maid services. Call us for more information today and spend less time cleaning and more time with those you love!