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  How to turn house chores into fun

Housecleaning has never been the most popular activity, and for most people it is a chore they tend to push to the back of their minds or employ someone else to do.  There are times when we have to do our own housework, and approaching it with a positive attitude can make it far more fun while producing benefits.

The tips we’ve listed are all designed to provide that extra burst of motivation during housecleaning which helps to pass the time more quickly and get the job done. Before you begin your housecleaning, it is a good idea to make a list of all the jobs that need to be done. This will enable you to systematically work your way through the tasks while providing you with a sense of achievement as each one is completed.

Cleaning alone

We could all use a little extra exercise, right? Well, housecleaning is actually a great way of burning off fat and calories. All that movement, stretching and bending can really help to tone up those muscles. You can use this to your advantage by actually treating it as a workout. Put on your exercise gear, turn up the volume on your favorite tunes and get cracking! This can also save you hundreds of dollars a year on gym memberships, and you’ll be getting the house clean in the bargain!

Also, if you are planning to do a job such as clean surfaces and dust, why not make a quick call to one of your friends at the same time? With a cordless phone you can have a chat and take your mind off the housework while flicking the duster over your woodwork and cleaning off the kitchen and bathroom surfaces. This should help the time to pass much faster, and you can catch up on the latest gossip as well.

Cleaning with your partner

There’s nothing like a little healthy competition. If you are planning a thorough housecleaning with your partner, you can split the list of chores equally down the middle and set the clock to see who gets their share completed in the fastest time. Of course there has to be a prize for the winner, which could be anything from a meal out (paid for by the loser!) to the loser taking over dog-walking duties or other regular tasks for the rest of the week.

You’ll be amazed at how bringing an element of competition into the equation can raise levels of motivation and determination. You could find yourself concentrating so hard on winning that you don’t even notice the time passing!

Cleaning with the kids

Getting the kids involved is a great way to teach them responsibility and values, and cleaning is often a fun job for kids. Obviously you shouldn’t arm them with a bottle of bleach or other toxic cleaner that could pose health risks. However things such as taking out the rubbish, dusting, picking up their rooms, and making the beds can make your life easier.

You can motivate the kids by letting them "earn" bonuses, such as extra pocket money or playtime, or items such as movie vouchers. You can also get them to compete against one another to see who can finish their chores in the quickest time – kids love competition, so this should really get them going.

The above tips provide an effective solution to making housecleaning more fun. However at the end of the day, housecleaning is a real chore, and for most people it takes up valuable time they just can’t afford. It is important that homes be cleaned thoroughly at least once a month to maintain a healthy lifestyle; if there are children in the house this should be upped to once a week to minimize adverse health effects.

With possible health risks stemming from household allergies, the importance of housecleaning should never be underestimated. Because it isn’t practical to expect everyone to clean their homes like clockwork with today’s busy lifestyles, making use of a quality maid service can provide an effective solution for keeping the home clean and healthy without impacting on your own time.

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