When You Have To Clean your Home---Just How Do You Clean?

@pyewacket (44036)
United States
July 4, 2007 2:23am CST
I don't think there's anyone who likes the everyday simple or hard cleaning chores...but just how do you do it? Do you doing it feeling the drudgery of it all or do you do something to at least up-lift and motivate you? With me I often clean to music --and usually cranked up a bit in volume--I'm normally a very quiet person..but I just love having music blaring loud while I'm cleaning...and will often sing out loud to boot--of course probably annoying my neighbors no end--LOL--but I just find having music in the background really helps my cleaning chores especially the hard ones to do, and makes time and the cleaning chore go faster. So how about you--what tricks of persuasion do you do to get your cleaning chores done??
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@KrisNY (7592)
• United States
5 Jul 07
I pick up the house every night—this I just do- no music- My daughter is usually in bed by then- But on the weekend mornings- We crank the music – sing- and dance around and clean! My daughter is a huge help when she is home—we make it fun together- Picture us sweeping with a broom and dancing around the floor also! : ) Music makes everything fun!
• United States
7 Jul 07
My kids and I use to use the brooms and mop to dance to in the kitchen. My husband would not know what he would come home to. If the house was a dance hall, a lbrary, band hall for band practice, video game palace. LOL we kept him on his toes. I loved our dance halls in the kitchen the best. I also love the quite times reading.
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@brendakaya (2335)
• United States
6 Jul 07
That's me exactly. I can't hardly get anything done, unless I have my music blaring. It puts me in a better mood.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Jul 07
Do you sing too--hehe..I do...to the dismay of the neighbors...LOL
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• United States
8 Jul 07
Oh, absolutely. I love to sing! Thank goodness, my family likes to hear me sing!
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
10 Jul 07
I sometimes wonder if my kitties like to hear me sing though..but I guess they're used to it--LOL
@polachicago (19075)
• United States
4 Jul 07
I need clear mind when I am cleaning. I play sounds of nature when cleaning. I just run Roomba in every room and while Roomba is vacuuming, I do dishes, laundry and bathrooms. I have fun during my cleaning, because my cat is playing with roomba...maybe she thinks that huge mouse is moving around the room....
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
4 Jul 07
Are you talking about those environmental type tapes/CDs?? I used to love listening to those too...I wonder what my kitties would do if I got a Roomba
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@polachicago (19075)
• United States
4 Jul 07
Yes, I have DVD with ocean, rain and forest...Roomba is great, but if I want to clean faster, regular vacuum is better....
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@rosie_123 (6118)
4 Jul 07
LOL! I do that too. I clean to music - and sometimes (embarrassing moment to share here!) - I actually dance while I'm cleanng!! I tend not to sing, on the grounds that my singing voice is so awful I would scare the cats and frighten the neigbours - but I LOATHE housework, so I have to do anythng to get through it!!
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
4 Jul 07
LOL--I just picture you doing pirouettes while cleaning...I sometimes wonder what my neighbors and cats think when I sing while cleaning...I do happen to be a LOUD singer--When Return of the King had come out, I would listen to that soundtrack and sing Into The West---I swear I was this close to be arrested for disturbing the peace, since I sang it so much--hehehe
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@rosie_123 (6118)
4 Jul 07
LOL! It's a long time since I did a pirouette! I studied ballet as a youngster, but at 5ft 8ins I just grew too tall:-(( And strangely enough - the cats love my singing and dancing........... Sasha looks at me and I swear he laughs! He used to dance with me when he was a young thing - now he just looks on!!
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• United States
7 Jul 07
When I have to clean I have a list of chores that need to be done, with my dizzyspells I have to stop often so I will have the music going also. I either have my chrocheting or the computer for my rest periods. Now for the fourth of july my rest periods were spend in the pool because I was so hot. I would jump in the pool and get out and relax for a few to drip off some and come in to the house wet and keep cleaning. I find now that it is just my husband and I home the house stays a lot cleaner then before. The only dishes is what we make, the only mess is ours. I only do laundy once a week. I can do it all in one morning also. lOL
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Jul 07
Ooooo--can I come over and hop in your pool...we're to get a heat wave starting tomorrow...I can allow myself the luxury of not cleaning as often as I used to too...isn't that a great feeling??
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
6 Jul 07
Well, supposedly great minds think alike, so we both must have really great minds, cuz I like to crank up the music while I'm cleaning too. Something with a lively beat just seems to make it so much easier to get everything done a lot more quickly. Not to mention the fact that it aggravates my neighbors too. Hehehehe
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Jul 07
Hehehe....yes we have great minds that think alike... I like fast music too...then I can clean to teh beat of it
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@xParanoiax (6999)
• United States
5 Jul 07
I'll usually have music or a favorite tv show on, the voloume usully upped a bit..because the walls are a it too thick for me to hear it on average voloume from room to room. I prefer everyone to be ou of the house hen I clean too..because it's more fun when I have the house to myself. When they're all here, I usually feel stifled..and eventually end up annoyed at them. When they're here..I expect help, but frustratingly don't get it lol
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
5 Jul 07
I know--sometimes when you have people around things do get slowed down...fortunately I live alone now so have free run of the place and can clean fastre...uh, well, except for my kitties..sure wish they could help at times though..LOL
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• United States
4 Jul 07
Usually I just do one chore at a time, when I feel like it (or can't ignore it any longer). So, I don't spend a lot of time cleaning in one go; just little chores throughout the week. The longest chore is vacuuming, which I would like to do to music, but usually don't, just because it is a hassle as it is, let alone getting out the headphones, etc. BUt, so long as I don't turn on the TV, I am usually pretty productive.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
4 Jul 07
Ah..thank goodness I don't need to vacuum anymore...pulled up the wall to wall carpeting years ago...makes life a lot easier
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@icequeen (2843)
• Canada
4 Jul 07
I actually don't mind cleaning...IO am kind of a cleaning nut...but when I do clean...I usually just do it...or sometimes I also put on some music which helps it along...
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
4 Jul 07
I love cleaning to music ..makes the chores go faster
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
4 Jul 07
Lord help me. We're supposed to clean our homes? I knew there was something I was supposed to be doing instead of being on myLot!
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
4 Jul 07
Hehehe... I'm sure I could stand to do more cleaning too...I'm looking at my entertainment center...there are a lot of old videos I have that I probably don't need anymore..it's crammed full...my collection of DVDs and CDs is growing and I could stand to just reorganize everything...ah..but rather be here at MyLot
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
8 Jul 07
Music does it for me as well. One of my most dreaded chores is the vacuuming and I can't turn the music up loudly enough so I can hear it over the noise of the vacuum cleaner. So annoying..lol.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Jul 07
Mmm...do you have a personal CD player and headphones...clip it onto you then you can crank up the music that way
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
11 Jul 07
I kew you would suggest that....if I did, I would...lol.
• United States
4 Jul 07
Music is a do all thing. I have to have music with just about everything I do....keeps the feet moving...lol. Sometimes even keeps the hands going.....but usually they are busy with the actual cleaning chores. Mosy of my neighbors are out when I do cleaning, since I do it early in the day before it gets to hot and stuff.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
4 Jul 07
Keep the feet moving, eh? do any tap dancing while cleaning?--LOL
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• United States
5 Jul 07
On;y if I have my tap shoes on, but I find them to be a tad bit to slippery for walking around.
• United States
4 Jul 07
oh i definitely have to have tunes..makes it seem less like drudgery LOL of course when i clean the bathroom,my calico has to sit in the doorway and remind me loudly water is evil ;) (another reason for music)
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
4 Jul 07
That's funny..I take it your kitty is quite verbal when cleaning the bathroom, eh?
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• United States
5 Jul 07
anytime anyone runs water in there,she does the public service announcement LOL she hates water so much,she wants us out of it too :)
• Canada
6 Jul 07
Hi, Loved your response on my site..thank you for your complet candor. Check my response if you care to. Signing off shortly..but wanted to add to this topic. I love to clean..because it feels so expansive afterwards. I am aware of when the energy feels stagnant and view cleaning right up there with other space clearning techniques. The persuasion is to clean, then afterwards light candles and insence, make a cup of green tea, put my feet up at which time the 5 cats come for a snuggle. Ahhh, it is so worth doing! Both my hubby and I clean with the speakers blaring too...and we sing at the top of our lungs...but we are in a large house so the neighbours don't hear as much. Fun subject...so long for now.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Jul 07
Don't worry I will check your response....just now catching up after all day working--oh, and took the phone off the hook too--LOL--so was in blissful quietness without the phone ringing
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
4 Jul 07
My mother was a pack rat and a messy one at that. So I am a minimalist now. Less is more. I don't have much stuff for clutter or anything. But how I clean homuse is I start from my room and work my way to the kitchen, hitting every other room on the way. This way I feel quick success every time I finish a room. Mine down check, boys room check! And I leave the kitchen till last because it is the worst and there is no way I can leave it so I will definitely do it. I hate cleaning because it has little reward so that is what works for me. I play music and sing with it. I say my broom is my favorite dance partner.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
4 Jul 07
I have a certain order of cleaning too...seems odd to do it in another order...That's funny..your broom is your favorite dance partner--well at least you don't have to worry about getting your toes stepped on...LOL
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@mkirby624 (1599)
• United States
4 Jul 07
Since I am a teacher, my house SHOULD be spotless during the summers. Alas, it is not haha. I wish I would clean everyday, wash clothes everyday, and promptly fold the clothes that I wash. Again, alas, I do not. I am usually inspired to clean right after I buy the month's groceries for some reason. Then, and when we have company so I am only cleaning because I don't want people to view my house as a pig sty. When it gets unbearable (it's never grungy, just CLUTTERED) then I have to straighten up because I'm going berzerk!
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
4 Jul 07
I don't like clutter either and am always getting rid of stuff...especially tons of old paperwork that I don't need...with the amount of stuff I throw out you'd think an army lived here instead of just me and my two cats
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@Sherry12 (2475)
• United States
4 Jul 07
I usually have the tv going when I'm cleaning. It seems like if I'm watching or interested in a show, I can kind of do the cleaning without really thinking about it. I try to clean daily so I don't have to do a really big cleaning except in the spring for my spring cleaning.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
4 Jul 07
I'm the opposite...I just don't like the TV on while I'm cleaning...I guess the idea that when the TV is on one should watch it...so I find the TV distracting...so on to the loud music...LOL
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@lynboobsy11 (11346)
• Philippines
4 Jul 07
As much as possible I the cleaning alone and I don't want anyone who is around to disturbed me. I like with music too, coz it motivates me a lot.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
4 Jul 07
Music is a good motivator while cleaning
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
4 Jul 07
Your so right about have some music to motiavate yourself whiling cleaning. I do that all the time. But I dont like music real loud I must be getting old!hehehehehe
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
4 Jul 07
Depends on my mood...sometimes I don't like music too loud also,..but most times when I'm cleaning, especially the mopping I crank up the music real loud
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@BarBaraPrz (19399)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
4 Jul 07
If I know someone is coming to visit who normally doesn't, I rush around and pick things up, wash the dishes, clean the washroom, etc. Otherwise, I just let things slide... I always have music on, though.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
4 Jul 07
Well one blessing is that I don't have so many cats now...used to have a tad too many thanks to my mom...I used to have to literally clean the entire apartment from top to bottom everyday...now I bask in the luxury of not having to do that anymore...although...even though I only have two cats now...the worse is get all that hair off my sofa...excuse me...THEIR sofa--LOL
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