Although I can't relate, I understand that cleaning isn't enjoyable for a lot of people. I've been spending the last few months
flirting with my client base piecing together exactly what about cleaning makes it so hard to do and enjoy. There doesn't seem to be much of a focus on the lack of fashionable rubber gloves available, or the often boring colors of the sprays. For most people, it's the monotony of the tasks, or the physical pain the tasks cause. Or ya'll may feel paralyzed before you start cleaning - like the job will never end and that it's too overwhelming to even begin. This article by Drew Magary was A- hilarious and B- super informative to me as a cleaning enthusiast. He makes some really fair points. But consider this my rebuttal. I'm going to share some tips on how to make cleaning less dreadful or even...dare I say it...a bit enjoyable. Sit back, relax, and take out your broom.
First of all, we all know the power of the mind. Man walks on hot coals. Ninja stays warm despite wearing only his ninja headband in freezing Antarctica. Will it and way it. Although a positive mindset may only last you through a toilet bowl scrub, it's good to at least try to convince yourself that you're not entirely dreading your (exciting!!!) cleaning session. Also, cleaning is a physical activity so think about all of the calories that you're about to burn. And all of the muscles that you're going to tone. If you haven't been to the gym in weeks or months, consider this a visit there. You'd be so proud of yourself for going to the gym, wouldn't ya?? Sometimes it helps to change into your workout clothing to get the full effect here.
Now that we're feeling positive with our new outlook, let's make sure not to get overwhelmed. Take a deep breath, go meditate for a hot minute. Tell yourself out loud that you can do this. YOU CAN! If you don't think your goals are realistic, tweak them. Maybe you can leave the dusting for another time?
The next step is obvious. Turn on 'Eye of the Tiger' and get that shit blasting through the roof. Heck, put it on repeat. WE'VE GOT A BATHROOM TO CLEAN!
Let's get back to goal setting. Small goals are easier to accomplish and leave more room for reward. For example, let's get back into the bathroom. We've got to clean the toilet, sink, shower, dust the shelves, and clean the floor. If you can't imagine doing all of this at once, don't! Clean the sink. Take a break. Clean the toilet. Reward yourself with a chocolate ball. Clean the shower. Dance in front of the mirror. You catch my drift.
Another way to make cleaning fun is by making it into a game. (Duhhhhh) Set a stop watch. How quickly do you think you can attack that shower grime? Oh ya?? How about trying to cut that time IN HALF? Write down your score and now you can try to beat it next time. Something to look forward to!!!!!
Drew writes about emptying the dishwasher. I have to admit, this is one of my least favorite tasks. Recently I've employed my niece to help me unload the dishwasher when I'm at her house. She's one and a half so I tell her to 'pass me the forks' and it's fascinating to watch her pick through the forest of utensils until she finds a fork. Unfortunately though, she doesn't live in my back pocket so I'm often left to unload dishwashers on my own. But doing so according to category makes it a lot more fun. First take out all of the forks, then all of the big plates, etc. This is more efficient and a FUN GAME.
Mopping and sweeping may hurt your back. I hear ya, son. You'd be surprised how much stretching can help. Take breaks frequently to stretch out your back and arms. Lay down on the floor, bring your knees into your chest, and roll back and forth. Look atchyoo! Going to the gym and a yoga class all in one day.
If the above fail, whistle while you work! Whistling is a known pick-me-up and promotes feelings of happiness. It's just that simple, ain't it?