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5 Ways I Trick Myself into Cleaning Regularly

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I’m good at organizing things, but I’m not good at cleaning. I call it an acquired taste, hard earned over the years by adopting various incentives. I cleaned when the guests cameIt still ranks number one on my motivation scale, but there are plenty of other ways to trick yourself into cleaning. Here are my favorites.

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I don’t want to clean, but I want to listen to the latest Ann Patchett novel. Saving these audiobooks (or real crime podcasts) for cleaning time turns the tedious work into a luxury.

say nothing worth it like cash.

When my spouse and I bought our house, we considered our budget and what we were willing to give up to pay for a professional cleaner (dining out? Theater tickets? Streaming services?). If you clean your own house, you are technically paying for it yourself. So I created a budget category called “Fun Money” and now pay a reasonable hourly rate while cleaning. Throw in a bonus if the mess is particularly nasty.

Yes, it’s mostly semantics, but it feels different.cleaning diligently Hamilton tickets.

This strategy is perfect for small pockets of time. Turn on the microwave and compete to see if you can clean all the kitchen handles before the timer goes off. My daughter’s bus is 10 minutes late, can you clean the half bath during that time? go! The adrenaline rush and dopamine hit when you beat the timer makes this strategy incredibly successful.

my favorite cleaning hack friday family cleanThe four of us (2 adults and 2 children) turned on the dance music, turned it off for an hour, and ended with popcorn and a movie night. There are plenty of things here that make you feel good and prevent the bitterness that comes with solo cleaning.

Or have a real party.

i came from afar that’s all Clean for guests, but when all else fails, invite someone over. works every time.

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