Top 10 Ways to Make Cleaning More Fun!

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We all want to have clean houses, right?! Sometimes it’s just the actual cleaning part we don’t particularly enjoy. So to help us feel more motivated this week, I decided to make a fun list for you!

Top 10 Ways to Make Cleaning More Fun

Top 10 Ways to Make Cleaning More Fun!

1) Listen to Music.

Music is probably the fastest and easiest way to add a little energy into your home! Use Pandora and listen to something upbeat while you clean. Make sure to sing along as loudly as you want!

2) Enjoy Podcasts & Audio Books.

Turning on Podcasts while you clean is a great way to catch up on inspiring shows! Here are a few of my own favorites:

You could also listen to great audio books! I usually download them for FREE from Loyal Books or pick some up when I visit the library. The girls and I are currently enjoying Mr. Popper’s Penguins while I clean – it makes decluttering feel much cozier!

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3) Complete One Tiny Task.

Sometimes the hardest part of cleaning is just starting. So only commit to something small like taking dirty clothes to the washing machine or unloading the dishwasher.

If you only do that one task, you’ve made progress. But you may find that it’s not so bad and you can do one more small task, then another…

4) Find Support.

Don’t get pulled into the Internet! But, do spend a few minutes checking out FlyLady.net or reading an article on my blog if you need extra cleaning inspiration.

You can also join an online support group, work through a great housekeeping book, or photograph your progress on Instagram using #GetOrganizedChallenge.

5) Watch a Show.

A few girls in the Get Organized Facebook group recommended watching Hoarders to get inspired! Lily, Grace, and I love to watch Little House on the Prairie while we fold big piles of laundry.

6) Drink Something Lovely.

Make yourself hot tea or grab a soda and sip it while you clean. This combined with a podcast or music is a great way to make cleaning more enjoyable!

7) Throw Stuff Out!

Throw something out – anything really. Getting rid of junk mail, games with missing pieces, or toys the kids never play with feels so great and can help build awesome momentum. And just think – you’ll never have to organize those items again!

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8 ) Clean With a Friend!

Decluttering usually needs our full focus. But scrubbing dishes, wiping down sinks, and mopping floors? Not so much. So when you’re doing jobs that don’t take a ton of brain power, call a friend or family member and chat while you clean “together!”

And if your friend is local and willing to trade days so you can take turns working at each other’s houses in person? Even better!

9) Focus on How You’ll Feel later.

If you clean your kitchen or declutter your bedroom now, you’re going to feel fabulous afterwards. But if you procrastinate, you’re probably not going to feel so great when you have to look at a mess later.

So, handle your stuff now and stay focused on how great you’ll feel when you’re finished!

10) Give yourself something to look forward to!

Do you love taking relaxing baths, reading good books, or curling up with a cozy blanket? Think of something simple you enjoy and plan to indulge for a few minutes after a job well done!

Fabric Dying is one fun thing to do after a big week of working hard!

How do you make cleaning more enjoyable in your home? Share your favorite audio book, podcast, or tip in the comment section to give other readers (and me!) even more cleaning inspiration!

My Live Declutter Updates

Are you following me on Instagram yet? I’m posting updates there throughout the day. Plus you can use #GetOrganizedChallenge to share your own progress!

Days 16 & 17: We almost finished decluttering the schoolroom! This is big stuff, people! Baby books are gone, we found a temporary (and free!) solution for our broken bookshelf situation, we rearranged many items to make them more functional for this season, and we tidied up as we cleaned. This is not an easy task but it’s worth the work!

Ridiculously embarrassing photos of our first schoolroom session are here.

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School/Play Room Summary:

  • Spent 7 hours working in the schoolroom.
  • Filled 2 trash bags for donation.
  • Filled 1 trash bag with trash.

OVERALL TOTALS:

  • Time spent cleaning, decluttering & organizing: 43.5 hours
  • Bags for donation: 17
  • Bags of trash: 11
  • Plus we purged 1 huge Christmas tree, a bag of egg cartons, and a broken bookshelf.

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PS Don’t forget to submit your before & after photos by Saturday, January 31, 2015 for your chance to win a $100 Gift Card!

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What You Didn’t Know About Cleaning

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As I’m scrubbing dishes, I wonder what it would be like to bring a woman from a 3rd world country into my home. I imagine her excitement when she sees my sink. So many beautiful dishes! Running water! Oh, look at those soap bubbles! I can practically see her giggle as she washes my plates, absolutely thrilled to help take care of them and put them into cupboards.

What You Didn't Know About Cleaning. WOW, this article is fabulous! A must-read!

When we’re done in the kitchen, I offer several hand-me-down outfits to her. She exclaims excitedly again, trying to figure out the fastest way to get word back to her friends. Come quick! There are clothes! Enough for all of us! I can’t wait to show you, to share with you, my friends!

And then it’s dinner time. I open my fridge and she gasps with astonishment. So much food! You are rich! Children, hurry in! We are making a feast tonight! She begins pulling food out, thrilled beyond words, and asks me how to start a cooking fire in the stove.

As I show her how to turn the knob, I contemplate her generosity and her excitement to work in my home. I know she sees that I have enough for many people. Much more than I truly need.

And I realize that I am blessed beyond measure. Compared to most of the world, I’m rich.

I finally understand the best thing about cleaning isn’t having a clean house afterwords. The best thing about cleaning is simply having things to clean. Homes to care for, dishes to eat from, food to enjoy, toys for our children to play with, plenty of outfits to wear… it’s all so much. We are abundantly blessed.

My Full Home Declutter Update:

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Days 14 & 15 I finally finished decluttering my kitchen. It took me nine hours total but is so worth it (pictures of the first two hours are here)! I love having my spice shelf and baking supplies organized again, my recipes in the recipe binder, and my cabinets neat and tidy. Cooking is so much more enjoyable now that everything is fresh and organized again!

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Kitchen Summary:

  • Spent 7 hours finishing the kitchen.
  • Filled 1 trash bag for donation.
  • Filled 2 trash bags filled with trash.

OVERALL TOTALS:

  • Time spent cleaning, decluttering & organizing: 36.5 hours
  • Bags for donation: 15
  • Bags of trash: 10
  • Plus 1 huge Christmas tree.

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Don’t forget to join me on Instagram using #GetOrganizedChallenge and join the Facebook support group.

How are you doing with your declutter goals this month?

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How I Learned to Organize My Time (Fabulous Book Suggestions)

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One thing I’ve noticed with my live declutter series is that many women want to clean their homes but they’re not sure how to fit organization in with their already busy schedules. I completely relate – it is not easy to wear all of the Mom hats AND add decluttering to the list!

That’s why I decided to put together this book list for you – while there is no magic button, the following books were really helpful to me when I needed to figure out how to make time for organization, and I think they’ll help you, too!

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Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews

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Short and sweet, this is a perfect starter book if you’re new to the time-management genre. Like Amy Lynn Andrews says, “What if you could change your life in 30 pages? And for less than the price of a fancy coffee?” Yes, yes, yes! Buy it now and read it today!

168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam

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Laura tells her readers, “The way I see it, anything you do once a week happens enough to be important to you. This book is about where the time really goes, and how we can all use our time better.”

If you feel like you’re just too busy and don’t know what to do about it, then you must, must, must read this book! 168 Hours truly revolutionized the way I view my time and I haven’t been the same since (in a good way!).

28 Days to Timeliness: Tips and Confessions from a Semi-Reformed Late Person by Davonne Parks

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This book is perfect for anyone who struggles with timeliness. Since I’m a semi-reformed late person, I get it – being on time is tough!

Complete with tips, quotes, embarrassing confessions, and funny success stories (pajama church, anyone?!), 28 Days to Timeliness is a refreshing balance between informative and inspiring, and will provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to begin your own journey towards timeliness.

{Special Note: 28 Days to Timeliness will go back up to $4.99 on February 1st, so get it now while it’s on sale!}

21 Days to A More Disciplined Life by Crystal Paine

21daysmoredisciplineThis book is like having a personal trainer for self discipline! I recommend 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life for anyone who wants to develop more discipline in their own life, for those who find themselves caught up in the comparison trap, or for people who (like me!) tend to come up with a fantastic plan, start out at 100 mph, then crash and burn after two days.

The simple chapters are very doable and wonderfully motivating to help the reader make a lasting change.

101 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms by Davonne Parks.

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From beauty routines to meal preparation to cleaning and laundry, you’ll find tips in this book to simplify your daily approach. And, whether you’re a car-pooling working mom or a stay-at-home homeschooling mom, 101 Time-Saving Tips includes tips that are sure to benefit you, the busy mom.

Best of all, for a limited time only, 101 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms is FREE to my blog subscribers! Go here to sign up.

What fabulous time management books have I missed? Let us know in the comments! (Bloggers, feel free to leave a link to your own related book reviews in the comments.)

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Don’t Forget! Live Declutter is TODAY!

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Today’s the day! I’m taking my Get Organized challenge LIVE on Instagram! Join me, okay? Surely I can’t be the only person who needs to declutter, so let’s motivate and encourage one-another!

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I just have one request first. Please don’t judge me for my mess :)

Also, if you want fantastic declutter tips, check out my eBook Chaos to Clutter-Free (it’s only $2.99 until the end of January!).

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