Do you hate cleaning? While some people are naturally neat and tidy, others seem to hate cleaning up and organising more than anything else and go out of their way just to avoid having to clean, tidy and organise their home.
While avoiding cleaning up might seem like a great idea in the short term, mess can quickly pile up as time goes on. These 10 tips will help you take action and make the boring task of cleaning far more exciting and enjoyable, as well as far easier.
Turn cleaning into a game
Who says cleaning needs to be boring? Make cleaning fun by turning it into a game of hard work. Challenge yourself to clean a room in record time or compete against one of your friends or family members to see who can clean the most efficiently.
Get friends and family involved
Cleaning alone is a dull activity, but getting your friends and family involved makes it an enjoyable team effort. Instead of tidying up by yourself, ask a friend or family member to join you and make it a cooperative activity.
Clean in small, frequent doses
The longer you spend cleaning, the more boring it gets. Instead of cleaning up once a week in a long session that takes up half of your day, clean up for 5-10 minutes near the end of each day to make cleaning and tidying less tiresome.
Make tidiness a routine
Is your professional or personal life more organised than your home? Use the same organisational standards to make tidiness and cleaning up a routine that you use to sort your professional life – it really works!
Make cleaning less dirty
Do you hate getting your hands dirty? Instead of cleaning up with your bare hands, buy rubber gloves and cleaning sprays to make the act of cleaning your home a little bit cleaner for you.
Reward yourself afterwards
All work and no play makes taking action and cleaning up your home a difficult task to motivate yourself for. Give yourself some motivation to get to work by rewarding yourself afterwards with a coffee, treat or hour of relaxation.
Fine yourself for being messy
Do you constantly catch yourself leaving packaging, clothes and other mess around the house? Instead of letting it go, fine yourself a tiny amount (keep it in a jar on top of your kitchen counter) whenever you’re messy to discourage yourself.
Create a cleaning schedule
Cleaning up is far easier when it’s part of your routine. If you struggle to get up and start cleaning, buy a wall calendar and mark your cleaning days in red pen to show yourself exactly when you need to take action.
Assign a room to each person
Time to clean the family home? Instead of cleaning the whole house together, assign each member of your family a different room. Let the kids take the bedrooms while you and your partner manage the bathrooms, living areas and kitchen.
Listen to music while you clean
Nothing is less interesting than listening to the monotonous sound of your vacuum cleaner while you work. Instead of boring yourself to death while you clean, plug in your headphones and listen to your favourite music while you work.