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13 tips to make your tedious housework more bearable

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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There's no use in denying it. Housework is called a chore for a reason! There are always a million things that you'd rather be doing than cleaning but it's a necessary evil, so we thought we'd see what tips we could find to make it a little more enjoyable. 

Short of hiring a professional cleaner, we think these are the best ways to love your living room chores and embrace your bedroom cleaning.

Take a look and see if you'll dread your weekend duties a little less!

1. Pop the television for some background noise while you clean. Just don't put anything too good on!

 Study/office by MINBAI



2. Open a window before you start to get some fresh air. Don't forget that cleaning product fumes will affect you

Eaton Mews North - Master Bathroom:  Bathroom by Roselind Wilson Design
Roselind Wilson Design

Eaton Mews North—Master Bathroom

Roselind Wilson Design

3. Try adding something like a cinnamon stick or some lavender to your vacuum cleaner bag. It will smell divine!

Cheyne Gardens:  Living room by Will Eckersley
Will Eckersley

Cheyne Gardens

Will Eckersley

4. Having fresh fruit and flowers in your home will naturally make you more prone to cleaning

5. Make sure you treat yourself after tasks to give yourself an incentive to carry on. Cleaning the kitchen worktop is worth some chocolate, surely?

6. You could try feigning illness to make a partner take on some of the duties now and then. Cheeky, we know!

7. Plan a dinner party so the pressure of entertaining will make you finish your chores! It will also be a nice treat afterwards

8. Turn your chores into a workout. Really go for it, then don't bother with the gym!

Cote d'Azure Tile Series:  Bathroom by Tileflair

Cote d'Azure Tile Series


9. Set up an incentive system to make the kids help. Pocket money is always a good bribe

Dining set:  Dining room by Deja Ooh
Deja Ooh

Dining set

Deja Ooh

10. Tying dusters to your shoes actually does work on wood flooring. Plus, you'll forget you're cleaning!

11. Pop some super energetic music on (as loud as you dare) and you'll be finished before you know it

The Sea House, Porth, Cornwall:  Bathroom by The Bazeley Partnership
The Bazeley Partnership

The Sea House, Porth, Cornwall

The Bazeley Partnership

12. If you can't face a whole day of cleaning, break it all up into small, daily doses

Darnley Road:  Study/office by Will Eckersley
Will Eckersley

Darnley Road

Will Eckersley

13. How about taking bets with family members for certain jobs? If they win a game, you do the bathroom. If you win, they clean it!

Urban Home Imagine:  Media room by Baufritz (UK) Ltd.
Baufritz (UK) Ltd.

Urban Home Imagine

Baufritz (UK) Ltd.

For more home cleaning tips, take a look at this Ideabook: 17 Refreshingly Easy Cleaning Tips That Actually Work.

How do you make cleaning your home more enjoyable?
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