"Link your weekly cleaning day to another activity you enjoy," advises Aby Garvey, organizing and productivity expert at Simplify101.com. Pick something simple yet special to enjoy that evening, such as a favorite carryout meal, an hour of pampering at home, or a bouquet of fresh flowers -- whatever says "indulgence" to you. Who knows? You might even start looking forward to cleaning day.
Turn cleaning into a game of beat-the-clock. As you enter a room to clean, guess how long it will take you to clean it, then set the timer for that amount. Race to beat the ding! Use any extra time for a break or to get a jump on the next room.
"Splurge on cleaning tools and supplies that make you happy," Garvey says. "Choose yummy-smelling cleaners, or invest in a colorful cleaning bucket and cheerful dust cloths and towels." It will set a positive tone for your cleaning session if you look forward -- even just a little bit -- to breaking them out.
Have a few favorite energy-building snacks ready to go, such as a cheese-and-cracker plate, some dark chocolate, or a pot of tea. When you start losing steam or interest, you won't get sidetracked rummaging through the fridge. Pick one of your break-friendly options, enjoy it, then keep moving.
Keep things upbeat by cranking your iPod, with or without headphones, recommends Jill Roth of Magic Mops House Cleaning. Try a playlist of your booty-shakin' favorites, a fresh new download, or a book or podcast so engrossing you could forget you're cleaning.
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