Check out ingenious ways to help get you motivated to tackle your home cleaning chores.
1. Cleaning Games
Do you have a hard time getting your family to help clean? Turn tasks into games, sort of like the game show Minute to Win It. Nothing like a little friendly competition to get your kids motivated and distract them from what they’re actually doing – cleaning. Make a race out of picking up toys, raking leaves, pairing up mismatched socks, or who can find the most money in the couch cushions.
2. Use Vodka
Vodka is a great disinfectant and a natural deodorizer. Use it to clean mold and mildew in the bathroom, to refresh fabrics and to clean jewelry. And if a good Moscow Mule cocktail helps you get through your cleaning, go for it.
3. Use Purging as an Excuse to Go Shopping
Clean out your clothes closet to make room for new items. You’ve heard the rule, if you haven’t worn it in over a year, it’s time to get rid of it, and the change of season is the perfect time to do this. A new outfit may also be an incentive to get your kids to go through their closets to see what they’ve outgrown. Even if you don’t go shopping, donate your clothes to a good cause for a win-win.
4. Listen to an Audio Book While You Clean
If there’s a book you’ve been dying to read, but just haven’t had the time, download it, pop in your earbuds and start cleaning. Nothing like multi-tasking to make you feel accomplished and well-read. (Learn how to clean windows like a pro.)
5. Plan a Party Then Use it as Your Incentive to Clean
If having company is usually the best motivation to get you to clean, plan a party for the following weekend to spur you on. The party will be your reward and you’ll feel great when your friends say “your house looks so good.”