No, I don’t mean cleaning out your playlists – although sometimes that can be a good idea, too.
In this case, however, I am talking about actual cleaning – and about how I managed to turn it into a habit (of sorts) that is actually fun.
Why little habits matter
I honestly believe that establishing consistent little habits will over time yield big results. By little, I mean basically anything that can be done in five minutes or less. Of course, practicing the piano for five minutes will not make you a master pianist. Cleaning for five minutes daily will not make your home spotless. Still: You’d be surprised how much you can accomplish in five minutes.
Additionally, little habits are much easier to establish and keep up than big ones. If you aim for a half hour of something every day, it is going to be easy to find reasons you don’t have time today. However, there is pretty much never a reason you cannot spare five minutes!
Five minutes of cleaning, to me, sounds doable but not exactly fun. So I added an extra element: Music. For the length of one song (or two, or three, if I feel especially motivated), I will clean furiously and with all my energy. This is a lot of fun to do, especially when you are home alone and can really let loose. Also, if like me, your biggest messes come from piles of clothes, shoes everywhere, and cups of coffee scattered throughout the apartment, you’ll find that power-cleaning for the length of a song or two will actually make a huge difference! I actually surprised myself the first time I did it, but it just goes to show the power of little habits!
Want a playlist?
Here are some of the songs I prefer for power cleaning sessions (beware – I sing in a pop and musical choir, and it shows):
- Grease: We Go Together
- Meghan Trainor: All About that Bass
- Train: Drive By
- Grease: You’re The One That I Want
- The Ditty Bops: Sister Kate
- Robyn: Indestructible
- The Pointer Sisters: I’m So Excited
- Bon Jovi: You Give Love A Bad Name
Got any suggestions? What’s your favourite cleaning song?
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