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You Can Do It! Keep Up Your Cleaning Motivation When It’s Hot Outside

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You Can Do It! Keep Up Your Cleaning Motivation When It’s Hot Outside

Summer vacation has many good and not-so-good aspects. The kids are home, it’s family vacation time, and you get to soak up some much-needed rays. Those are the good aspects. Summer is also hot and humid, especially if you live in New York City, and nothing can zap your motivation more quickly than a 90-degree day coupled with high humidity. That’s not so good. Even I don’t want to clean on those days, and I own a cleaning business. You don’t want your house to become a pigsty during the summer months, but it’s sure hard to stay motivated. Don’t worry; you can do it. Here’s how.

Be an Early or Late Bird

Even on the hottest of days, the weather cools off some after the sun goes down. If you’re an early riser, take advantage of the cooler weather prior to mid-morning and noon and get your chores done early. For those of you who like to sleep in, you no doubt stay up later, so schedule your house cleaning in the evening, as long as it’s not so late that you disturb your neighbors.

Motivate Yourself

You’ll still need additional motivation to tackle the household chores in the morning or evening. Some things that I find always help me are grabbing my favorite coffee beverage and cranking up the volume. If you have a favorite mocha or latte, go get it, and then come back and put on some tunes that are sure to make you want to move. Who says you can’t dance while you’re cleaning?

Motivate the Kids

It is summer vacation, and yes, your kids have definite plans to sit in front of the television and conquer the latest video-game villain, but this doesn’t mean they can’t help. One of the best motivating factors to get the cleaning done is to turn it into a game. Assign chores and then see who can get their jobs done first. You’ll be surprised how quickly the housework will be done, and you can all do something for fun as a reward afterward.

Don’t Have Kids? No Problem

Turn cleaning into a game for yourself. Write down your chores and assign a certain number of points to each one depending on its difficulty. Write down a list of rewards and assign the total points you must earn for each reward. Tackle your housework, with your beverage close by and the music blaring, and keep track of the points you earn. When you’re done, reward yourself accordingly.

Understand What Not Cleaning Does

If you are finding that none of the above are helping to motivate you or your kids to clean, keep in mind one simple thing: A dirty house is a dangerous house. Dust, pollen, and pollutants all make their way into your home daily, whether through open windows or doors or tracked in from outside. These irritants can harm anyone with allergies and respiratory problems, not to mention give your home an overall dirty look and feel.

Bacteria and mold grow on moist, unclean surfaces, and your raw meats can contaminate your kitchen’s counter space. All of these things are extremely dangerous and in some cases deadly. You don’t want to turn your home into a giant petri dish; it will harm your family. For that reason alone, you can do it. You can keep up your cleaning motivation even when it’s hot outside.

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