​How To Become a Person Who Actually Enjoys Cleaning - Apartment Therapy

​How To Become a Person Who Actually Enjoys Cleaning - Apartment Therapy
From The Kitchn - September 13, 2017

Even if we ca not muster a wholesale change of perspective about maintaining our homes, most of us could use a spoonful of sugar when it comes to the challenge of keeping up with our cleaning tasks. Here are some easy ways to take a little bit of the sting out of it each time you reach for those housework gloves.

Listen to something while you are cleaning

Nothing makes you forget that you are doing something you do not want to do like occupying your mind with something else. And unlike onerous tasks that require brainpower (taxes, paper-writing, meeting that closing deadline), cleaning leaves your mind free.

So crank up Alexa and sing and dance your way through your cleaning chores. Put in those earbuds and listen to your favorite podcast or an audio book. Or, use your headphones or speaker phone and make a phone call to catch up with someone, an out-of-state friend, an elderly relative, or your sibling or parent that you talk to a million times a day anyway. If you do not want to clean, chatting will help the time fly by.

Clean first thing in the morning

Otherwise known as "eating frogs for breakfast," if cleaning is your most annoying to-do of the day and you get it out of the way first thingyou win! Not only will you not have it hanging over you, but you can ride that triumphant sense of accomplishment into the rest of your day.

Give yourself a reward

Tell yourself that when you are done you can have a bowl of Trader Joe's chocolate-covered peanut butter pretzels, kick your feet up on the back porch with a glass of chardonnay, or celebrate with a bath and that Lush bath bomb you have been hoarding. Or simply dangle the carrot of an episode of your latest Netflix series. Giving yourself a treat at the end of a pesky choreand not allowing yourself to enjoy something you want until it's donewill make mincemeat out of cleaning time.

And, sometimes, finishing your cleaning chore is its own reward. Check out I Can Get You Addicted to Cleaning.

Set a timer

Make it smell good

Do it with someone

Think about why you are doing it


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