Most of us realize how important it is to clean the house on a regular basis. A cleaner house will be more hygienic, more inviting to guests, and overall, a more pleasant environment in which to live.
But going through the effort of cleaning the house can be challenging. By the end of a long cleaning frenzy, you might be sore, tired, and ready to give up cleaning forever – but fortunately, there’s a better way.
With the right strategies, you can make house cleaning much more enjoyable.
Invest in Better Tools
One of the best things you can do is invest in better tools for house cleaning. With better equipment and better cleaning products, you’ll gain access to:
· Greater Comfort.
Better tools will make cleaning more comfortable. If they’re properly sized and easily maneuverable, you won’t have to do as much bending or physical struggling. If they have a comfortable grip, your hands won’t get tired using them. And if your cleaning products are free of fumes and noxious odors, you’ll have a much more pleasant experience.
· Higher Reliability.
Some tools break down over time, making it harder and harder to get a good clean in a reasonable amount of time – and sometimes requiring you to get new tools to replace them. Solid tools have higher durability and reliability, so you don’t have to worry about it.
· A Better Clean.
Of course, we also need to consider the cleaning quality of each product. Some tools and cleaning products are capable of helping you get a better, deeper overall clean.
The BISSELL®️ CrossWave®️, for example, makes it easy to clean multiple surfaces – and it can vacuum and wash at the same time. It’s also cordless, making it much easier to maneuver, allowing you to accomplish the same amount of work while expending less effort (and feeling better about the experience).
Stick to a Schedule
Next, try to stick to a schedule. Designate certain days as cleaning days and follow them consistently. Whether we realize it consciously or not, most of us thrive on familiar, predictable routines; they bring a sense of comfort and familiarity to what would otherwise be an overwhelming and/or challenging experience. On top of that, if you stick to a schedule, your house will remain cleaner on a regular basis – so you won’t have to face a massive cleaning project.
Focus on Lots of Small Jobs (Instead of One Big One)
Too many people wait for the house to turn into a pigsty, and then clean the house in one fell swoop. This approach is overwhelming and creates more work than would otherwise exist.
Instead, it’s better to tackle house cleaning in the form of many small jobs over the course of many days (or even weeks). Small actions, like decluttering a table or dusting a shelf, never feel like much of a burden, so doing a few tasks like this each day can make housework much more manageable.
Stretch Before and After
It may not always seem like it, but cleaning the house can be an intense form of exercise – especially if you’re tackling tough stains or are contorting your body to get to hard-to-reach areas. Accordingly, you should take the time to stretch and limber up both before and after a long cleaning session, just as you would before and after a workout. Doing so will make you feel more flexible, make you feel physically prepared for cleaning, and most importantly, minimize the possibility of injuring yourself while cleaning.
Get More People Involved
You shouldn’t have to do this all by yourself. If you live with a partner, your kids, or other family members, consider getting them involved. The more people you have working together on the project, the less intimidating it’s going to be – and the faster the job will get done. On top of that, you’ll have an opportunity to chat and bond together.
Turn It Into a Game
There are many conceivable ways you could “gamify” house cleaning. For example, you could time yourself to see how quickly you can accomplish a certain task – or you can challenge your kids to a kind of cleaning race. Tap into your creativity and you’ll suddenly find house cleaning isn’t nearly as stressful.
Finally, consider rewarding yourself – especially after finishing a tough cleaning job. Treat yourself to a nice meal or a massage; it will serve as positive reinforcement to motivate you to clean again in the future (and you’ll enjoy it in the meantime).
You might never feel like cleaning the house is an exciting adventure. It’s probably always going to feel like a chore – at least a little. But with the right tools, the right approach, and the right attitude, you can make house cleaning much more pleasant.
Laila Azzahra is a professional writer and blogger that loves to write about technology, business, entertainment, science, and health.