Almost everyone wants to have a clean home, however getting it to that state can be a bit of a chore. Both stay-at-home moms and those who have a job outside the home have busy schedules that typically limit the amount of time available to clean the home. Some people hire a housekeeping team or private housekeeper to clean for them (if you’re located in Baltimore, check out Cathy’s Cleaning) but if you don’t, here are a couple of tips to making cleaning your home seem less tedious and more fun, allowing you to get your family involved and therefore needing to spend less time!
Get the Family Involved
Cleaning shouldn’t be the task that just mom handles – instead, every member of the family should help. Cleaning is a great vehicle to teach children responsibility. Rather than just giving them instructions and walking away, why not interact with them one-on-one so that they are getting some personal attention and feeling the importance of the task that you’re giving them.
Create a Theme
Birthday parties and other special events typically have some type of theme to tie the events together. Why not do the same thing for home cleaning? Creating a theme for cleaning your home allows what would otherwise seem mundane and boring, into something fun and exciting. For example, do a movie’s theme, allowing everyone in the family to dress up as their favorite movie character. Make a soundtrack of some of the top songs from those movies and even try talking like the characters that you are portraying. The point is to make things easygoing and silly, so that your kids and family forget that they’re actually doing work.
Skate to Clean Floors
Take some old towels and turn them into your cleaning towels. Then take the towels and have everyone dump them into some hot, soapy water, after which have the wet towels used as skates. Your kids will love gliding along the floor and the best part is your floors will get cleaned at the same time. To dry the floor, you can do the same thing with dry towels.
You can typically pair other types of tasks while cleaning. For example, why not get some exercise – strap on some ankle and/or wrist weights while you clean the counter tops or bathroom sink. If exercise isn’t you thing, try getting a book on tape or perhaps try learning a foreign language via audio tracks. If you have a tablet, you can prop it up and watch your favorite TV show while doing your cleaning chores. By getting your mind off the actual task of cleaning, you’ll find that you’ll end up doing more.
- Apps for Spring Cleaning (foxnews.com)
- Infographic: The Most Dreaded Household Chores (dailysavings.allyou.com)
- 10 Fun House Cleaning Tips (expertscolumn.com)