Thursday, August 13, 2009

Cure for the Lazy Housewife

Cleaning house is not one of my favorite things to do. Grocery shopping, meal planning and prep, organizing, decorating, these are all things I can get behind, but cleaning...really? It's just not for me. Yet I must do some of it because I don't like living in squalor and I don't want Peter Walsh to show up at my door with an Oprah film crew.

I survive the drudgery of cleaning mainly by breaking it into small time increments and setting manageable goals. For example, I can unload the bottom half of the dishwasher while my lunch is microwaving. Or I run around and see how much I can put away during the commercial break of a show. I can do anything for three minutes, even if it is housework.

Now, if I've got a lot to do, I break out the big guns. The Beastie Boys' album Hello Nasty has been my cleaning salvation since I was an undergrad trying to get my dorm room cleaned. I can't explain it other than to tell you it's magic. If I put that CD on, my whole apartment is clean by the time it finishes. Try it. I'm telling you, it will change your life.

Finding the motivation to clean works for me.


  1. Music does make the cleaning happen! I sent my husband and son out of the house the other night, cranked my stereo, and got the kitchen clean in record time. :)

  2. I'm quite a fan of using music to motivate me, as well!


  3. That is my biggest battle in cleaning house. The motivation eludes me!


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