One of my favourite quotes is from Joan Rivers. She says “”I hate housework! You make the beds, you do the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again.”
This is exactly how I feel.
Aside from my dislike of anything that involves getting my hands wet, housework is just so boring isn’t it? And futile. You could spend a whole day tidying up and making things look nice, and then a small child will come in, push all of your books to the back of the shelf, and the whole thing is ruined.
(Because everyone knows that books have to line up flush to the front of the shelves or else everything is just wrong. Children have a sixth sense for this weakness of mine and immediately upon entering my house they will make for the nearest shelf and push all of the books back with a look of glee on their eyes. I swear they have some sort of toddler forum where they share this things like this, just to be super annoying.)
One of my favourite ways to make housework more fun is to take the Mary Poppins approach. A spoonful of sugar really does help the medicine go down, or in my case, a chocolate hobnob helps the hoovering go down. (Note to self, don’t eat the hobnob reward whilst standing on the patch you have just hoovered otherwise you have to start all over again.)
There is of course one significant drawback to this tactic – it makes you fat.
An alternative could be to take the Vileda approach. Vileda created this video to show just how much fun cleaning with their easy wring and clean floor cleaning set can be.
I have a sneaking suspicion that in my case this could leave the house in more of a mess than it started – tools everywhere, scuffed walls, puddles of soapy water – but I like the theory.
How do you make housework fun?