There’s no doubt that there is a hierarchy when it comes to cleaning.
There are some cleaning tasks that most of us are more than happy to leap into with abandon. Running a duster around a living room? Not a problem! Windows in need of a polish? It goes to the top of the to-do list. Need an in-depth vacuuming session? Simple enough to manage, and it’s even a form of cardiovascular exercise, so that’s a handy “two birds with one stone”.
Then there are the Bad cleaning jobs – capital “B” and all. The jobs that you know you have to do if you wish to maintain your home, but that you’re always more than happy to push to the bottom of your to-do list. Clean the toilet? Sure, you’ll do it, but only because you have sadly accepted that it’s necessary. Take the time to clean the drains or sinks? Er, sure, given you have to, but it’s never going to be a task you actively anticipate. Remove hair from the shower drain? Okay, but – gag – you’ll largely have to do it while – gag – gagging.
The Bad cleaning jobs can make maintaining your home seem like more hassle than they’re worth – but, alas, they do have to be done. While there’s only so much you can do to make these jobs more enjoyable in and of themselves, what you can control is how you think of them – here’s a few ideas to make the whole process as, well, not enjoyable, but tolerable as possible…
#1 – Do the Bad cleaning jobs first
If you’re having a cleaning blitz, then get the Bad jobs out of the way first. This guarantees that they will definitely be done, and means you don’t have to spend the rest of your cleaning session dreading them.
#2 – Clean frequently
The more often you pull hair from the shower drain, scrub the toilet, or clean smelly drains or sinks, the less unpleasant the task is. These areas tend to become so unpleasant because of residue and build-up; if you can prevent this from occurring, then the cleaning process will be far more manageable.
#3 – Use cleaning tools and implements
This is particularly important for cleaning jobs that have a tendency to be malodorous; distance is definitely your friend. This might mean using a cleaning brush on a telescopic handle, or just depositing a cleaning solution and then leaving it to work alone rather than scrubbing – but either way, it involves you having to spend less time close to the object of your dislike, so that’s definitely preferable to the alternative.
#4 – Use protective gloves and masks
Continuing on the ‘separation’ theme, it can be helpful to wear gloves and a mask when you seek to address a Bad cleaning task that you dislike. This can do wonders for your mindset even if the items aren’t strictly required for the task you’re going to engage with, but it’s usually preferable to go over rather than under-prepare.
There are certain cleaning tasks that we all hate, but the steps above should help ensure they are as manageable as possible. Good luck!