Top 10 Ways to Make Cleaning More Fun!

We all want to have clean houses, right?! Sometimes it’s just the actual cleaning part we don’t particularly enjoy. So to help us feel more motivated this week, I decided to make a fun list for you!


Top 10 Ways to Make Cleaning More Fun!

1) Listen to Music.

Music is probably the fastest and easiest way to add a little energy into your home! Use Pandora and listen to something upbeat while you clean. Make sure to sing along as loudly as you want!

2) Enjoy Podcasts & Audio Books.

Turning on Podcasts while you clean is a great way to catch up on inspiring shows! Here are a few of my own favorites:

You could also listen to great audio books! I usually download them for FREE from Loyal Books or pick some up when I visit the library. The girls and I are currently enjoying Mr. Popper’s Penguins while I clean – it makes decluttering feel much cozier!

Mr. Popper's Penguins

3) Complete One Tiny Task.

Sometimes the hardest part of cleaning is just starting. So only commit to something small like taking dirty clothes to the washing machine or unloading the dishwasher.

If you only do that one task, you’ve made progress. But you may find that it’s not so bad and you can do one more small task, then another…

4) Find Support.

Don’t get pulled into the Internet! But, do spend a few minutes checking out or reading an article on my blog if you need extra cleaning inspiration.

You can also join an online support group, work through a great housekeeping book, or photograph your progress on Instagram using #GetOrganizedChallenge.

5) Watch a Show.

A few girls in the Get Organized Facebook group recommended watching Hoarders to get inspired! Lily, Grace, and I love to watch Little House on the Prairie while we fold big piles of laundry.

6) Drink Something Lovely.

Make yourself hot tea or grab a soda and sip it while you clean. This combined with a podcast or music is a great way to make cleaning more enjoyable!

7) Throw Stuff Out!

Throw something out – anything really. Getting rid of junk mail, games with missing pieces, or toys the kids never play with feels so great and can help build awesome momentum. And just think – you’ll never have to organize those items again!

19 Bags from One Closet - How I Decluttered My Entire Home in Six Days

8 ) Clean With a Friend!

Decluttering usually needs our full focus. But scrubbing dishes, wiping down sinks, and mopping floors? Not so much. So when you’re doing jobs that don’t take a ton of brain power, call a friend or family member and chat while you clean “together!”

And if your friend is local and willing to trade days so you can take turns working at each other’s houses in person? Even better!

9) Focus on How You’ll Feel later.

If you clean your kitchen or declutter your bedroom now, you’re going to feel fabulous afterwards. But if you procrastinate, you’re probably not going to feel so great when you have to look at a mess later.

So, handle your stuff now and stay focused on how great you’ll feel when you’re finished!

10) Give yourself something to look forward to!

Do you love taking relaxing baths, reading good books, or curling up with a cozy blanket? Think of something simple you enjoy and plan to indulge for a few minutes after a job well done!

Fabric Dying is one fun thing to do after a big week of working hard!

How do you make cleaning more enjoyable in your home? Share your favorite audio book, podcast, or tip in the comment section to give other readers (and me!) even more cleaning inspiration!

My Live Declutter Updates

Are you following me on Instagram yet? I’m posting updates there throughout the day. Plus you can use #GetOrganizedChallenge to share your own progress!

Days 16 & 17: We almost finished decluttering the schoolroom! This is big stuff, people! Baby books are gone, we found a temporary (and free!) solution for our broken bookshelf situation, we rearranged many items to make them more functional for this season, and we tidied up as we cleaned. This is not an easy task but it’s worth the work!

Ridiculously embarrassing photos of our first schoolroom session are here.

Bookshelf Solution

School/Play Room Summary:

  • Spent 7 hours working in the schoolroom.
  • Filled 2 trash bags for donation.
  • Filled 1 trash bag with trash.


  • Time spent cleaning, decluttering & organizing: 43.5 hours
  • Bags for donation: 17
  • Bags of trash: 11
  • Plus we purged 1 huge Christmas tree, a bag of egg cartons, and a broken bookshelf.


PS Don’t forget to submit your before & after photos by Saturday, January 31, 2015 for your chance to win a $100 Gift Card!

Top 10 Ways to Make Cleaning More Fun


  1. I’m looking at those bags from one closet and wondering if there’s more stuff in my closets than I realize…I bet you burned some serious calories during this process! These are some good tips. I’m going to have to check out Loyal Books.


  1. […] I shared embarrassingly terrible photos of our first schoolroom declutter session here. And I showed you our broken bookshelf situation at the bottom of this post. […]

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