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Cleaning is by far the most unpleasant thing I’ve ever experienced. I think in my former life I had a maid. A butler. A driver. A cook. Like, I had help! I must have been a princess or something because I hate cooking and cleaning with every fiber in my soul. My boyfriend will set up our speaker system and blast trap music while he scrubs our walls but me…I procrastinate beyond belief when it’s time to get our apartment together. You know what else annoys me. Cleaning is a weekly, sometimes daily task. Who has time for this?

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So if you’re not naturally prone to neatness (who are you people), you know how tough it can be to put away the dishes or pick up a duster. To help you (and me) out, here are three tips, tricks, and strategies that have helped me tackle that terrible, awful job called cleaning the house!

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1. Set a timer.

One of the main reasons I hate cleaning is that it feels like a never-ending process. Like the act of dusting is a daily thing. It’s really overwhelming and since I tend to focus on all the things I haven’t done instead of what I have done, I rarely feel like the job is finished or rewarding. The best solution for this problem? Budget a time, set a freakin’ timer, and clean your little heart out until it goes off. This strategy keeps me on task, forces me to clean for a consistent amount of time, and allows me to see exactly how much I can get done in a limited time span. I like to use my Fitbit timer this way I can also count steps!

2. Have a dance party.

This is my boyfriend ONLY way to cleaning up and happens to be the best–if most cliche–way to inject some fun into your chores is to dance while you do them. Shake your booty while you dust the bookshelves. Practice your bellydancing while you unload the dishwasher. Bonus: you’ll burn extra calories!

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3. Break it up into smaller jobs (very, very small jobs).

I always thought this advice was kind of annoying until I tried it myself and realized it totally works. Basically you just turn your regular to-do list into a ridiculously specific and detailed task list. Like, instead of just writing, “Clean living room,” my to-do list might include: “Clear off coffee table, wipe down coffee table, dust bookshelf 1, dust bookshelf 2, dust TV, Swiffer floor, put away DVDs, fold blankets.”  At first it seems ridiculous and overwhelming, but it actually demystifies the cleaning process, and trust me: once you start crossing off little jobs left and right, you’ll feel super productive and motivated.

4. Multitask.

The good thing about cleaning (who knew I’d be writing those words) is that most cleaning tasks don’t require your complete concentration. This means you can clean while you chat with your best friend on the phone, watch a favorite episode of “Martin,” listen to a book on tape, or memorize your favorite poem (just because that’s what writers do). Cleaning sucks because it’s boring. Anything that can make it less boring is good!

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5. Reward yourself.

I’m a strong believer in rewarding yourself for completing anything. If cleaning is an unpleasant task for you, make it worth it by rewarding yourself with a relaxing bath and a glass of wine, or set a monthly cleaning goal and treat yourself to a pedicure or a new pair of earrings when you reach it. A luxurious treat plus the satisfaction of a clean home will have you reaching for the vacuum in no time!

So what will I be doing this weekend….cleaning up! With the help of Fantastik Scrubbing Bubbles, me, my floors and my kitchen stove are now in a healthy cleaning relationship!

P.S. This stuff smells like the air in Heaven. Makes cleaning not so horrible!

Come Clean NY Gorgeous In Grey IMG_0142Ok so now it’s your turn. Any favorite cleaning tips to share? How do you stay motivated to get your household chores done?


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Fantastik, but I really do need to clean my house!

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9 Comments

  1. September 30, 2015 / 4:50 am

    I am one of those weird people who loves cleaning. I find it relaxing but mostly I love the feeling of a clean home more than just about anything else I can think of.

    It is really hard to recognize your progress as you’re cleaning, which is what makes it feel unrewarding. I always try to take a shower as soon as I’m done cleaning. I finish the cleaning sesh by lighting some candles or incense, then I jump in and get that post-cleaning filth off of me. When I come out, the transformation is super noticeable. And it feels so good to take my clean body out into my clean home. Ahh, bliss!

    P.S. That was five cleaning tips, not three. :p

    BTW, I found your blog on some BIG list of plus-size bloggers the other day and you were one of two blogs I added to my Feedly to follow. Love what I’ve read so far!

    • September 30, 2015 / 2:45 pm

      OOPS! I meant for it to be three & ended up with five! Thanks for the catch.

  2. October 2, 2015 / 10:33 am

    I like a few things about cleaning but not much. I do well when company is coming over and I haven’t cleaned. You would be surprised how much you can power clean in 5 to 10 minutes.

    The other way is chatting on the phone with ear buds. Before you know it you’ve folded up 6 loads of laundry, cleaned the bathroom and everything. lol

  3. January 5, 2016 / 10:16 am

    That is one very good post you have written! Thanks for sharing!

  4. February 2, 2016 / 9:00 am

    It’s great that you found easy cleaning way, and it makes the cleaning process much pleasant. I always do a cleaning checklist. It helps me to organize my task and to know exactly what I want to clean.

  5. March 15, 2016 / 7:14 am

    This is one fantastic post with so many useful tips and tricks. You made my life a little bit easier for which I am very grateful!

  6. May 10, 2016 / 11:03 am

    I know what it is like to be busy and worry about balancing everything without losing your sanity. As a homeschooling mom of 5 incredibly different kids, including newborn twins, I have just about seen it all . . . But your tips are quite good… Thanks

  7. May 14, 2016 / 9:16 am

    The only tip you need if you hate cleaning:

    Hire professional cleaners.

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