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How to make cleaning more fun?

Asked by rentluva5256 (550 points ) October 8th, 2010

Is there such a thing? I just can’t seem to get myself to clean my room. It’s such a drag. Anybody know any ways to make it more enjoyable?

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daytonamisticrip's avatar

Play some music or let your mind wander.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Pay someone else to do it.

wundayatta's avatar

Make it a “cleaning meditation.” Seriously. It’s an attitude to take to everything that you do in your life. There’s some religious stuff behind it, but I don’t know what that is. What I do know is that you can treat it as if was the most important task in the world. You can do it slowly and appreciate all the movements. Look at the colors and smell the smells and it can become an entire world for you.

Coordinate your movements with your breathing. That’s probably the most important thing. In doing so, let the thoughts in your mind float away. It doesn’t matter if it’s a happy thought or an angry thought about having to clean. Let it go. Focus on your breathing. Focus on your work. Soon, you’ll find you don’t have room in your mind to be angry. Seriously.

harple's avatar

High heels, and wearing your sexiest underwear… hmm, you said “room” didn’t you? Okay, scrub that… Loud music, or maybe even Mary Poppin’s Spoonful of Sugar song?...

perg's avatar

Break it down into manageable chunks: “I will put away the clean clothes and put the dirty clothes in the bin” or “I will tidy up just this bookshelf and desk.” I don’t know if I’d call it fun, but it pleases me to see how much better a room looks with just one thing taken care of, and that sometimes inspires me to take on an additional item right away. If not, the room’s still better than it was.

erichw1504's avatar

Like what @perg said and give yourself breaks or rewards between each chunk.

Cruiser's avatar

Do it in the nude with the curtains drawn open….I dare ya!!

erichw1504's avatar

@Cruiser That may or may not be fun for those outside as well.

Cruiser's avatar

@erichw1504 and I am worried why??

Kayak8's avatar

I asked a question before about cleaning methods people use and I got great response. I have (almost) become a cleaning fiend as a result. The secret . . . . well there are several. The first is that I now set a time limit. I don’t think in terms of rooms or whatever, I just have to clean for two hours. It is amazing how much I get done in two hours. It almost feels manageable. The second thing is Ipod with podcasts. I can do anything while someone is reading me a story!

flutherother's avatar

It is getting started that is the problem. Break it down into manageable chunks such as kitchen, bathroom, lounge and then plan a time to start each chunk. Within each chunk think what needs done and break it down into bits like cleaning the carpet, cleaning the skirting boards. You will find once you get started it isn’t quite as bad as you thought. Don’t spend too long on it at one time. PS having the radio on can help.

Megan64's avatar

I used to be a housecleaner. I listened to NPR as I cleaned. I learned a lot and was never bored.

izzyxo's avatar

music! :)

MeinTeil's avatar

Shower with a partner.

victroiax's avatar

music ;D it makes cleaning funner and faster

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Several friends recommend Fly Lady to get started. It once helped me get back on track. NOTE: just read through the web site and do not sign up. It’s been several years, but the barrage of e-mails and news letters were too much.

MeinTeil's avatar

I know a few people who swear by pot smoking. Seriously.

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