When it comes to doing housework, I have to say, I am not a fan. I have friends who actually enjoy the whole process of cleaning house, but I simply can’t relate to that feeling. Instead, I’m always searching for a better system and some helpful motivation.
I previously posted about the fact that inviting people over often serves as excellent motivation for me to whip this house into shape.
But what about the day-to-day, no one’s coming over but things have to get cleaned up anyway kind of stuff? I’m happy to say that I’ve found a great little motivator: audiobooks.
I treat myself to an audiobook download (from either Audible.com or iTunes) and I make sure it’s a book that:
- I’ve been wanting to read
- Is unabridged (I want to get lots of hours out of this)
- Sounds fascinating, intriguing, suspenseful, or all of the above
I load the book on my iPod and then make a deal with myself: I am only allowed to listen to that audiobook if I am doing housework of some sort. [And no, checking my email or preparing a yummy snack does not count as "housework."]
I’ve been surprised at how this little mind game gets me moving. It can prompt me to fold laundry (a task that is often postponed indefinitely at this house); it can motivate me to clean the kitty litter (by far, one of my least favorite household chores); it can even inspire me to do some serious decluttering, especially if I’m nearing the end of a book and really need to know how it’s all going to turn out.
A typical book can last 10 or more hours, and since I don’t always listen to the audiobook when I’m cleaning, that means I get several weeks out of each book.
Turning housework into an opportunity to consume a good book? That definitely works for me.
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