By Julie Short
Advancements in cleaning supplies and cleaning machines certainly have made the task of keeping a clean house easier over the years but there is still no denying that there is no magic when it comes to cleaning the house. Vacuuming and mopping are still required. Dusting and laundry still exists.
I have known people who have said they would rather work extra hours or cut out some of their spending to hire someone to do the cleaning they hate. If that’s not an option for you there are other ways to handle it.
A few ways to make cleaning fun (since obviously it isn’t going away) include:
1. MUSIC – there is something powerful about music and our mood. It’s why workout lists and date night music lists are a real thing. Put your headphones on or crank up the volume throughout the house and let the beat lead you to a clean house.
2. TIME YOURSELF – Guess how long a certain task might take and then start the clock and see how close you are. This is how I came up with my book, “Cleaning Your House in Minutes a Day.” Breaking up the chores in smaller, time tasks helped make the job bite sized.
3. WORK OUT – Kill two birds with one stone, so to speak and get your workout in while cleaning!
4. REWARD – This is one of my tricks as well. Do the things you HAVE to do so you can do the things you WANT to do. Finish a certain number of tasks before you allow yourself to get on social media or work in your craft room.
It goes back to the idea that life if what you make it and the way you think about things determines your attitude and motivation.
Julie Short has been married to her husband, Stoney, since 1997. She is currently working on a series of books known as Julie’s Simple Solutions. She is a Mansfield resident, business owner and member of the Mansfield City Council.
Find her book “Cleaning Your House in Minutes a Day” here.
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