10 Ways to Make Spring Cleaning Fun (Really)
Check out ingenious ways to help get you motivated to tackle your home cleaning chores.
1. Cleaning Games
Do you have a hard time getting your family to help clean? Turn tasks into games, sort of like the game show Minute to Win It. Nothing like a little friendly competition to get your kids motivated and distract them from what they’re actually doing – cleaning. Make a race out of picking up toys, raking leaves, pairing up mismatched socks, or who can find the most money in the couch cushions.
2. Use Vodka
Vodka is a great disinfectant and a natural deodorizer. Use it to clean mold and mildew in the bathroom, to refresh fabrics and to clean jewelry. And if a good Moscow Mule cocktail helps you get through your cleaning, go for it.
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3. Use Purging as an Excuse to Go Shopping
Clean out your clothes closet to make room for new items. You’ve heard the rule, if you haven’t worn it in over a year, it’s time to get rid of it, and the change of season is the perfect time to do this. A new outfit may also be an incentive to get your kids to go through their closets to see what they’ve outgrown. Even if you don’t go shopping, donate your clothes to a good cause for a win-win.
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4. Listen to an Audio Book While You Clean
If there’s a book you’ve been dying to read, but just haven’t had the time, download it, pop in your earbuds and start cleaning. Nothing like multi-tasking to make you feel accomplished and well-read. (Learn how to clean windows like a pro.)
5. Plan a Party Then Use it as Your Incentive to Clean
If having company is usually the best motivation to get you to clean, plan a party for the following weekend to spur you on. The party will be your reward and you’ll feel great when your friends say “your house looks so good.”
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OVERSIZED PILLOWS When choosing throw pillows for your outdoor space, stick with oversized options that can serve double duty as floor cushions for guests. Here, 24-by-24-inch pillows in coral tones similar to those on the sofa were added to layer color and create a more coordinated look.
6. Play Chemist
Do you enjoy playing mixologist? Pretend you’re Mr. Clean the Chemist. Pantry items can be made into a variety of non-toxic cleaning products. Get a few spray bottles, some essential oils and make a variety of cleaning solutions using kitchen staples like lemons, vinegar, baking soda and mayonnaise. Stick with all-natural ingredients, and remember no mixing bleach and ammonia.
7. Make it a Workout
Cleaning can be good exercise. Outdoor chores like raking, pressure washing and window cleaning can build up your biceps. Do squats by cleaning baseboards, stretches by cleaning the tops of door casings and burn calories by moving furniture to vacuum behind it.
8. Upcycle Old Clutter
Challenge yourself. Find clever ways to repurpose your old junk. There are tons of ideas on Pinterest and all over the Internet. Use old t-shirts to make pillows, rugs or even a headboard, old dishes can be made into patio planters, repurpose outgrown toys into new home decor.
9. Create Your Own Reward System
Whether it’s chocolates, a hot bath or extra nap time. Use our handy checklist and reward yourself every time you check off a task. Measuring your accomplishments helps you achieve more and makes you feel better about yourself.
10. Start a Campfire
Clean out your desk and filing cabinets and get rid of old bank statements, credit card bills, receipts, etc. Consumers Reports has a handy guide that lists how long you should hold onto personal paperwork. If you still feel uneasy about getting rid of any paperwork, check with your accountant or financial advisor. To make the purge more fun, and if you have a backyard fire pit, use the paperwork instead of newspaper to start a fire. It’s a secure way to get rid of the old documents and you’ll feel so organized and smug as you sit back and enjoy a s’more.