I love to have a tidy home, everything has its place and looks pretty. But I hate cleaning. I put it off to the point that when it has to be cleaned it takes forever. I have better things to do with my time than clean. However, I don’t have the luxury of affording a cleaner to come and do the nasty jobs for me so, like most people, I just have to suck it up and do it.
Tell me, what do you do to make the cleaning easier?
Here are a few suggestions that are supposed to make cleaning easier or more bearable, though I do not guarantee anything.
*Music – crank up the happy tunes and dance around while you clean. Bonus points for karaoke songs. Double bonus points for getting a work out at the same time.
*A tidy home is easier to clean – if you can keep the place tidy at least when you actually go to clean it is easy to see and get to the dirt, making it quicker.
*Uncluttered – along the same lines as above, the less stuff you have to move around to get under the easier it is and the less dust to collect.
*Focus on one task at a time rather than a room at a time – I find it quicker to do all the windows at once, all the dusting, all the vacuuming rather than starting and stopping each task for each room. But that’s just me. What do I know.
*Get help – not the paid kind (unless you have that luxury) but simply ask the other people that make the mess to help clean it up. Really – they might be daft enough to think you actually enjoy scrubbing out the bath and wiping the skirting boards, so leave no room for this misjudgment and speak up. No matter what their age kids can help – pack up toys, sweep, wash windows (micro-fibre cloth with no chemicals works wonders). Yes, hubby/partners too! You might want to trade tasks you hate – if you do the toilets, I’ll do the mopping.
*Do a little every day – I am the worst at this so do as I say not as I do.
*Reward yourself – if you get ‘insert shitty cleaning job here’ done you can reward yourself with ‘insert ideal treat here’. For instance I had to clean all the windows, frames and sills included, and rewarded myself with a long hot lazy shower and a glass of wine, on a weekday – I know, living wild!. It’s the small things people! You might want to buy some fresh flowers, get a manicure, go out for dinner, devour a chocolate bar, watch back to back episodes of Greys Anatomy – just something small to reward your hard work. What would your reward be?
*Reward others – if you have a house full of competitive people you could set the challenge of whoever collects the most cleaning stars on their chart gets a prize.
*Buy some new cleaning gear – this one would probably be short lived, because everything new loses its shine pretty quickly. But it is a good quick fix and might just help you get into the habit of cleaning.
*Multi-Task – pair cleaning with something you enjoy. Maybe it is chatting on the phone to a friend, watching a TV show in the background, exercising, listening to a podcast, just something to distract you from the icky job you are actually doing.
My most hated cleaning task has to be scrubbing the bathroom. I know that if I did it on a more regular basis that it would be easier but no matter how much I promise myself to do this I just don’t.
And yes, I am one of those people that gets all my housework done in the 30 minutes before guests arrive. There really is no motivation like visitors to get your butt moving on the cleaning. Though, again, I always opt for tidy over clean.
Oh, and it’s Mothers Day this week, just to add to your list of excuses not to clean. Or, maybe it is good motivation to get it all done before the weekend so you can put your feet up and relax.
What cleaning job do you hate the most?
Do you prefer tidy or clean?
Are you a ‘Queen of Clean’ or a ‘Don’t Judge Me’ sort of person?