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Hinch Yourself Happy
All the Best Cleaning Tips to Shine Your Sink and Soothe Your Soul
- Read in 15 minutes
- Audio & text available
- Contains 9 key ideas
Hinch Yourself Happy (2019) is all about celebrating the fun side of cleaning. While many of us may look upon housework as a tedious chore, Mrs. Hinch is here to share her passion for it and help people realize that it doesn’t have to be avoided or delayed. So get ready to spring clean your attitude and transform your home into a spotless and calm oasis.
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Avoid boredom and stress when cleaning and use to-do lists to stay motivated.
Do you find cleaning an irksome or tedious chore that should be avoided whenever possible? If this is the case, it may be due to the way you approach the job at hand. If you treat cleaning as a mindless routine where you vacuum every Friday and clean the bathroom every Saturday, then it’s bound to become a dull slog.
So why not make it more interesting by turning each housework session into a unique experience?
The best way to approach cleaning is to start with a tour of your house or apartment to spot the areas that need the most attention. When you’re cleaning on autopilot, certain areas can easily get neglected. But when you start with an attentive scan of your surroundings, you’ll be cleaning the areas that really need it while avoiding the mind-numbing drudgery of a routine.
Doing regular inspections will also make you aware of which tasks need daily attention, such as mopping up around the kitchen sink and stove; which tasks can be taken care of on a weekly basis, such as deep cleaning the bathroom; and which tasks can be completed on a monthly basis, like wiping down your fridge.
While you’re at it, don’t bend over backward to make things look perfect. Cleaning can be a soothing and enjoyable activity so long as you take your time and relax.
What can really help is to have a focused to-do list. So when you’re giving your surroundings a close inspection, simply jot down the areas that require attention in the form of a list that you can work through item by item.
There are several benefits to making a list, not least of which is that it can turn a seemingly overwhelming job into something manageable. Oftentimes, we put off cleaning because we don’t know where to begin. With a list, you not only recognize where to start but also see that there really aren’t that many tasks involved after all.
Plus, there’s the priceless satisfaction of being able to cross an item off the list once you’ve accomplished it.
But perhaps most helpful of all is the flexibility that comes with a to-do list. Now, whenever you find yourself with a few minutes of downtime or a whole afternoon to spare, you can check the list and find a task that fits your schedule. This way, you can keep your cleaning momentum going and make sure nothing gets neglected.