8 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Clean

Is cleaning your home the last thing on your to-do list that you want to tackle? Rita Konig, author of Domestic Bliss: Simple Ways to Add Style to Your Life, shares eight easy ways to reward yourself and make housework a little more bearable.

  • Don’t start the cleaning without doing your toenails, a masque or a twenty-minute intense hair-conditioning treatment first. Any or all of these things will give you a reason to do something as dull as housework, because they all need time either to dry or work.
  • Play good music for dusting, vacuuming, or laundry. Listen to any talk radio station for the ironing.
  • Plan a lunch date at the end of it; you don’t really need to do more than a few hours and a deadline really gets you going.
  • Make sure you have coffee and a cookie. This is a treat in itself and one you can only really have when you are at home in the daytime. So break from the cleaning for a cappuccino and a biscuit or two.
  • Hide some treats in the laundry closet, something you will forget about until you are doing the wash. It is good to reward yourself for such boring tasks.
  • Run yourself a spoilingly hot and heavily scented bath at the end of your hours of cleaning. It serves a double purpose: it gives you a well-deserved soak and it will eradicate the horrid smells of those cleaning products from your bathroom.
  • Scented candles are definitely a good thing to light at the end of a cleaning session so you can sit back and enjoy your clean and delicious smelling home.
  • Remember to buy the papers or the new issues of your favorite magazines so you can look forward to an afternoon lazing around the house going through them.

Rita Konig, author of Domestic Bliss: Simple Ways to Add Style to Your Life (Copyright ©2002 by Rita Konig), pens the idiosyncratic column “Rita Says” in British Vogue and has a weekly column in the Saturday Telegraph Magazine. She has also written for W and in the United States, House & Garden. Previously a buyer for her mother’s company, Nina Campbell Interiors, Konig lives in London.




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