You know, me and cleaning are not the best of friends. I love clean things and clean places but I always find a reason to not clean. Netflix, for example; the perfect excuse to do nothing at all.
Today I had to clean my car because I haven’t done it in a million months and the dog hair has collected to the point I’m pretty sure 90% of breathable air has turned into breathable hair.
I thought I’d share my pointers on how to get the motivation to actually do the cleaning you don’t want to do.
- Prepare the night before. Whether this means setting out the clothes you want to wear or just mentally preparing; do it! I geared myself up all week to clean this morning. I woke up, put ‘cleaning’ clothes on (aka my favourite lumberjack shirt because it makes me feel like a bad ass) and after breakfast I GOT TO IT.
- Plug into your favourite music. I like to do this before I even start to clean so that the next step is as fun as can be. I hit up The Killers ‘Hot Fuzz’ album because it’s a classic and makes everything better.
- Get your stuff together! You’ll need cleaning equipment; grab it. Vacuum cleaner, clothes, a rubber glove*, upholstery cleaner and window cleaning stuff.
- Now you can clean; start with the hardest part. For me it’s getting the dog hair out of the boot of my car – it’s the part that takes the longest so I do it when I have all my mental and physical strength! This is also the part you’ll hate the most because the first cut is the deepest… I mean, starting will feel like an uphill struggle but you’ll soon be coasting.
- Vacuum the hell out of everything. This is the thing I always think I hate doing but when I start it I love it. Despite the bits you have to go over again, and again, and again… having a clean floor when your car is usually full of stones (where the hell do they come from?!), for me, is a delight. You know when you vacuum and you can tell the difference. Like when you mop the floor and you can see it’s clean? Oh yeah, I love mopping the floor!**
- Wipe down all surfaces that need it. Whether you do it with a duster or a damp cloth (I prefer a damp cloth because dusters make me feel like I’m just poofing all the dirt into the air) just go nuts. Wipe everything to the beat of the music, baby!
- Check everything over and go over anything that needs a second blast. With me it’s always the seats in my car. So many people get in and out of my car (because I give everyone lifts everywhere) my seats are kind of grubby. I have to scrub them with upholstery cleaner and then go over stubborn parts again. It’s a pain but I really enjoy being able to vigorously scrub at things – therapy, or something?
- End with something eeeeeasy! I end with windows because cleaning windows is fun to me. Spray and wipe – what’s easier than that? Plus it makes me feel like I’m doing something for myself because I need to see out of the windows!
- Have a cup of coffee/tea/wine/beer/whisky and sit down. I’d recommend a good stretch/yoga after any cleaning because you use muscles you don’t tend to use but you know me – yoga for everything.
Wow – 9 steps; I know it seems silly to give advice on cleaning but it’s more to remind myself that once I start it I actually really enjoy it! Now my car is as clean as a whistle (that’s a saying, right?) and I feel so GOOD about it. Next I have to clean my bedroom but I’m putting that off for a rainy day!
Hope this helps some of my fellow lazy/messy people out there! I literally feel so productive right now I’m going to sit down for the rest of the day…
*Rubber gloves are the best tool for getting dog hair off anything.
** At this point you’re probably going to want to take a break. DON’T DO IT. Taking a break whilst cleaning is a sure fire way to not finish.