Who Actually Enjoys House Cleaning?
Okay, so there are women who love and enjoy house cleaning. In fact, some are so passionate that they have built successful businesses around it or have become experts on house cleaning and have written books.
Honestly, I can't say I fall into the expert category, but what I will say is that over the years I've learned how to enjoy and appreciate house cleaning a lot more.
Despite not being an expert on house cleaning I'm somewhat OCD about how my home is kept. I get the heebie-jeebies when I'm surrounded by filth so I make sure that house cleaning is not overlooked when it comes to my homemaking responsibilities.
If you are lacking motivation in keeping a clean home then this blog post is for you. If you keep reading I will show you some of my tips and tricks to help you enjoy house cleaning.
8 Simples Tips to Enjoy House Cleaning
1. Declutter. This is the most important initial step when maintaining a clean home. If you are surrounded by items you no longer need, have excess of, or have items that are broken and or worn then it will be quite difficult to get motivated to clean – all you can focus on is the clutter.
Clutter often causes your cleaning effort to be in vain because as soon as you clean you'll find yourself overwhelmed with cleaning again as too many unnecessary items collect dust, dirt, and grime. It's somewhat counterproductive and frustrating resulting in you not cleaning at all.
Having to dust around a million and one knick knacks on your shelving units is exhausting.
Get rid of the clutter! Whether you use the KonMari method or one you develop on your own donate, trash, or sell items that contribute to your suffocation.
2. Organize. Now, after you've decluttered your home or even a section of it make sure you organize. When you organize you are creating a place for each of your items which allows you to clean more efficiently.
But organizing goes beyond where your children store their toys. I recommend you create a cleaning supply tote, caddy, basket or bucket and store it in a place where it's easily accessible for adults, but out of reach for children.
By doing this you are mobile and can go from room to room with all your cleaning tools and supplies saving time and energy. Because hey, cleaning can be exhausting and time consuming if your don't have an efficient system.
3. Eat First. So, you've decluttered and organized your home and created a cleaning supply/tool caddy. It's now time to develop a cleaning routine that works. This involves eating a small meal or snack before you actually begin your daily/weekly cleaning routine.
Eating first is often overlooked. And I'm sorry but just drinking coffee does not count. I'm mentioning this because there have been a few instances where I nearly passed out from cleaning on an empty stomach.
Remember, when you clean you are burning calories and if you don't eat you can't clean fast or efficiently. More importantly, you can become lighted in the process which will slow you down.
You don't have to have a gourmet meal, but eat some fruit, drink a smoothie, or perhaps enjoy a sandwich first. Eating beforehand can make the difference in you spending 15mins on cleaning your master bathroom and spending 40mins because you're moving at the pace of a turtle. Food is energy.
4. Let the Light In. If the thought of cleaning puts you in the dumps, open up some windows and let the light and or fresh air in. Research tells us the natural light and fresh air helps to boost our mood.
Not only that, but when you use natural light it will help to reveal all the nooks and crannies that are harboring dust bunnies, crumbs, foot traffic dirt, and cobwebs, ew. Allowing fresh air in will combat the smell of a stale home.
5. Use Natural Fragrance. I say this with caution as for some of you reading this post may have allergies or sensitivities to essential oils or natural scented candles. In that case you can skip this step. Perhaps just opening the windows on a beautiful spring day or after a rain shower will suffice.
But if you enjoy a scented home then burn some natural candles while you're cleaning or utilize an essential oil diffuser. Again, this will help boost your mood and create a welcoming environment.
I would stay away from low quality essential oils, unnatural candles with artificial scents, or artificially scented room sprays and or deodorizes. These options promote poor air quality within the home and over time can contribute to allergies and fragrance sensitivities. Trust me, I know first hand.
6. Play Some Music. Whether you like to jam to upbeat tunes or to something more relaxing, play some music. I believe this is one of the best motivators when performing house work.
I personally prefer upbeat, spa music. Not only does it help pass the time, but it's fun to challenge myself to get a cleaning task done before an entire song finishes. Okay, maybe I'm the only one that does that, but I recommend you give it a try.
7. Exercise. So this might sound strange, but I see house cleaning as an opportunity to sneak in some legit exercise. Now you see why it's important to eat first?
For instance, when you are dusting, scrubbing the shower walls, sweeping, mopping, or vacuuming switch your arms midway during the cleaning process. That way you are not building muscle tone in just your right arm, but your left as well. You can't go around having a Popeye left arm and an Olive Oyl right arm can you, lol?
Also if possible, put on some 2-5 lb. ankle weights before you start cleaning. This is an awesome way to sneak in some cardiovascular fitness while you're going up and down stairs or running from room to room with your cleaning caddy.
Lastly, when winding the vacuum chord back around the vacuum do a proper squat every time you bend down and back up rather than remaining in a standing position and bending over from the waist. You'll have buns of steal in no time.
BONUS TIP 8. Multitask. In order to save time multitask. For example, go ahead and begin a load of laundry while you're cleaning the bathroom or dusting the house.
Run the dishwasher while you're making the beds or cleaning out the refrigerator.
If you plan ahead start a crock pot meal before you begin cleaning and by the time your house work is complete you can enjoy a delicious meal with your family that has an easy cleanup.
9. Relax. You may not get a paycheck for maintaining your home, but you can always reward yourself by doing something relaxing after cleaning.
Whether it's curling up on the sofa with a cup of hot tea and a good book, getting a monthly massage, devouring a slice of cake, taking a bubble bath, doing a home manicure, or watching a good movie it's time to relax.
When you set up a reward system for accomplishing all that hard work it motivates you to stay on track with your household chores.
Let's be honest, most of the time our responsibilities as homemakers often goes unnoticed. So instead of expecting our loved ones to give us a pat on the back remind yourself you have one of the most demanding jobs in the world and treat yourself to some special, me time or delicious treat. Why not, you earned it!
The Importance of Homemaking
The bible makes it clear that women should be caretakers of their homes (Titus 2:5). Whether we work from home or outside of the home it is part of our responsibility.
I consider homemaking a blessing and not a burden. It's a fantastic way to show love towards our family and friends while honoring our Heavenly Father.
It's time to debunk the negative stereotypes society has created regarding a woman's place in the home.
So, the next time you feel like throwing in the towel put my 9 tips into practice and I'm sure you'll never look at house cleaning the same way again.
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