You already know about the four daily routines I use to keep my house Clean Enough, but I have a secret little ritual that takes house cleaning from something I would rather avoid to something almost pleasurable. Want to know what it is?
My secret ritual
First, I make myself a tasty delicious smelling coffee, next I grab my favorite cleaning products, turn on some tunes, turn on my diffuser, and THEN I start puttering around the house getting things clean.
So why does that ritual work for me?
Most of you who read my blog regularly might remember that I adore Alexandra Stoddard. One of the things I appreciate about her is she understands how important involving all of our senses is in the process of daily rituals.
In one of my favorite books of all time “Living a Beautiful Life” Alexandra wrote:
“Being happy and peaceful, especially at home…is the goal: stimulating the senses is one way to start. I’ve learned to tease myself into doing necessary and useful tasks by stimulating my senses as I go along.”
I agree totally — I have to TRICK myself into enjoying daily chores like cleaning or laundry. If I put on some music and only use products that smell great and look pretty I can actually enjoy the process!
Awhile back my husband brought home a counter cleaner and proceeded to clean the counters for me. Nice, huh? But suddenly I couldn’t STAND the smell of my house! It reeked! My counters actually smelled like spicy Italian sausage. Gah, who wants their counters to stink like SAUSAGE when there is no Italian food anywhere in sight? ANYONE? I was appalled that anyone would make a product that was so stinky!!
I rummaged around to see what in the world he had cleaned with and it was some product labeled with the scent “basil.”
Ha! We won’t be buying that product again. You want your home to be “squeaky clean, not STINKY clean!”
Sometimes I catch myself thinking about cleaning just so I can get out my pretty bottles and smell the wonderful scents! I’ve been known to want to strap a good smelling candle to my nose all day, that is how much a good scent means to me!
The other day I had my diffuser going when my daughters came home from college, and they marveled over how great our house smelled, it was HEAVENLY! Lately I’ve been loving lemon and geranium!
Quick little faux-cleaning tip for you.
Take your counter spray and spray a little whiff of it on your door frame. Your house will smell divine every time you walk through or open and shut the door. And your husband will assume you’ve been cleaning today instead of reading blogs. Yes. You’re welcome.