How to Hate Cleaning a Little Less + Keep Your House Clean
I do not enjoy cleaning. I basically hate cleaning. If you are one of those mamas that just loves to clean, you are a beautiful unicorn and you are welcome to come clean my house anytime if you are looking for something to do. It's not that I don't like having a clean house, there are just other things I'd rather be doing. I'd rather be working on my blog or reading a book, I'd rather be baking and making a mess or playing outside with my kids. There are just other activities I want to spend my time on rather than cleaning.
But cleaning is part of #adulting.
Because cleaning is necessary, why grumble and complain about it? It has to get done so why not learn to hate it a little bit less? I do want to add that I still don't love cleaning. I probably never will but now I at least tolerate it.
How to Hate Cleaning a Little Less
Part of the reason you do not like cleaning may be because it’s overwhelming...am I right? Get your cleaning tasks organized with a solid cleaning routine. In Un-Overwhelmed Mama I have a whole section on creating a cleaning routine (and one on creating a laundry system) where I walk you step by step through creating a cleaning routine. I also have a free printable available in my resource library that will help you create a cleaning routine.
The basic steps for creating a cleaning routine are to:
1) Make a list of all of your regular cleaning tasks
2) Assign days/frequency to each task
Creating a simple routine will seriously help you make cleaning “un-overwhelming.”
Ask for help
Are the expectations you are setting for yourself realistic? Do you actually have enough hours int he day to accomplish all of your tasks? Just because you feel like you “should” be doing all the cleaning as the wife and mama, doesn’t mean you actually have to. Talk to your husband and ask him if he wouldn’t mind doing just one or two chores when he gets home from work. If he’s not already doing chores it may just be because he doesn’t realize you need help. I also recommend asking mama friends for help if you are cleaning for a special event or after you have a baby. That one does take a lot of humility but ya’ll, it’s so freeing once you finally ask for help.
Teach your young children to help
I am all about teaching your children, from a young age, to help with chores. [http://thesystemsmama.com/blog/kids-chores] If you teach them how to do housework, even when they can’t yet do it on their own, as they get older they will be able to handle more housework for you.
Make it fun
Play some fun music
Girl, get some fun party music going to play while you clean. This is my current playlist:
ME! Ft. Brendon Urie of Panic at the Disco! By Taylor Swift
We are Never Ever Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift
Still Rolling Stones by Lauren Daigle
This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things by Taylor Swift
I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift
Native Tongue by Switchfoot
Stay Stay Stay by Taylor Swift
God Only Knows (R3HAB Remix) by for KING & COUNTRY
Look Up Child by Lauren Daigle
We’re Gonna Be Alright by Switchfoot
The Greatest Show by the cast of The Greatest Showman
Breakfast by Newsboys
Jesus is Just Alright by DC talk
CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! By Justin Timberlake
Yes, I know I have a rather eclectic taste in music and I am obviously a fan of classic Taylor Swift. Let me know what is on your cleaning playlist!
Set a timer
Race against the clock and try to clean each room before the timer sets off. Make it a family competition by seeing who can get their chores done the fastest.
Serving your family
Cleaning isn’t about you. It doesn’t matter if you don’t enjoy cleaning, cleaning is a way that you can serve your family. Mark 10:45 (MSG version) says, “That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not to be served—and then to give away his life in exchange for many who are held hostage.” We are literally here to serve others, it’s how we show others that we care, and it starts in the home.
Making it welcoming to others
Not just are you cleaning your home to serve your family, you are also cleaning your home in order to make it welcoming to others. Any time my house is an embarrassing mess (yes, it happens!), I motivate myself to get it together when I remember that our family’s mission is to serve others and to have a home that is a refuge and safe place for people to come to for ministry and fellowship. Providing a place where others feel comfortable is key in creating a refuge for others.
When you're ready to start organizing your cleaning routine so you can start to hate cleaning a little bit less, go ahead and grab the free cleaning routine template in my free resource library!
Don't forget to share your cleaning routines in action on Instagram using #myhomemakingsystems + #iamajoyfulhomemaker