My Best Secret for Making Cleaning Spark Joy

My Best Secret for Making Cleaning Spark Joy

Pssst, if you want details on my custom spray bottle pictured above
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Does cleaning your house spark joy? It does for me! Well, mostly it does :). One of my best secrets for keeping my house clean has always been making the experience of cleaning as enjoyable as possible. If you dread the whole process, you’re likely going to want to avoid it. Am I right?

I always recommend incorporating more of your senses into everything you want to enjoy and savor. It makes such a big difference!

To set the right mood for housecleaning, I put on my “cleaning clothes” and always wear sturdy house shoes (I never have been able to clean as efficiently in dress clothes, and definitely am not as productive when I wear socks or slippers. I learned the “wear shoes” secret from Flylady! It really works for me. Do what works for you!).

My Best Secret for Making Cleaning Spark Joy

When it’s dark outside, I turn on my little lamps to make the house feel warm, cozy and inviting (which makes dirty dishes and laundry feel even more unwelcome in my home!).

If it’s morning, I start my pot of coffee as I’m getting ready to clean (love love love the fresh aroma filling the air!). Then I pour the coffee, add my foamed Oatmilk and sprinkle cinnamon on top (if you watch my Instagram stories you know I like to sprinkle cinnamon in the shape of a heart on top of the foam because WHY NOT show yourself some love, especially as you clean….LOL!).

Whenever possible I play cheerful music or listen to an interesting podcast. My go-to cleaning music lately has been Vance Joy, and one podcast I’ve been enjoying is called The Road Back to You (about the Enneagram!).

As you know I’m all about the cozy scents in fall and winter, and the citrus or floral scents in spring and fall. So of course I LOVE to incorporate seasonal scents into my cleaning rituals, too.

My Best Secret for Making Cleaning Spark Joy

Even though I no longer buy the scented cleaning products I used get every season (I stay away from toxic products for health reasons, even the ones I thought were natural aren’t) I recently I discovered the best thing in the history of cleaning. I can easily customize the scent of my favorite non-toxic products according to my whims or for the seasons by simply adding drops of essential oils!

Oh my goodness, you guys, I LOVE doing this now!!! I know it’s such a little thing but dreaming up my very own seasonal scents and enjoying them makes cleaning SPARK SO MUCH MORE JOY than ever before!

Why I Got Rid of the Scented Products I Used to Use (click HERE)

My Best Secret for Making Cleaning Spark Joy

Here is my current favorite seasonal scent combination:

Lemon Myrtle + Geranium

I just add several drops of each oil to my Thieves household cleaner in a 16 oz glass spray bottle. Easy peasy! (please note that I only use this brand of oils to ensure the purity of what I’m breathing in!).

SometimesĀ I catch myself thinking about cleaning just so I can get out my pretty bottle and smell the wonderful scent I mixed up, ha! What may have seemed like a dreaded chore before, is actually an experience I can look forward to.

We custom make the spray bottle you see above and I’m giving it away for FREE this month in my June Bundle, along with two spray bottles worth of Thieves Cleaner, too! Woo hoo! Everyone in June who grabs the essential oils + diffuser set I love and recommend will automatically get the extra bundle as a gift from me.

This whole bundle of goodness (above) will definitely spark joy in so many other ways, too…. (these oils are the only brand I recommend because they are the highest quality, safe and so amazing for sleep, emotions, immune support, digestion, focus, non-toxic cleaning and so much more). You can learn more about why I love them and grab yours here!

Happy Cleaning!

My Best Secret for Making Cleaning Spark Joy

What are your most inspiring cleaning rituals?

My Best Secret for Making Cleaning Spark Joy

Click here for Why I Got Rid of the Scented Products I Used to Use.

Our White Gate

Our White Gate

You may have noticed this in my side patio makeover post, but we are no longer gateless in Seattle :).

As was the case with many of our side patio projects, the gate creation and installation was not without many hiccups and mishaps.

It literally had taken years (yes, years) to get this side patio done and the gate installed so at some point awhile back I decided to embrace the “better done than perfect” philosophy.

As much as I love design and the process of evolving spaces, I particularly enjoy spending time in “rooms” that feel “finished.” So even though I am likely to want to continue to improve this area and all of our spaces over time (because that’s fun for me!), it’s especially nice to focus on getting each room to a point where they feel complete “enough.”

Right now we are enjoying every moment we can out here!

Our White Gate

This is the view to our side patio when you look through our little gate window! Perfect or imperfect, I’d say a “finished” space feels peaceful and WONDERFUL!

There are other projects I want to improve or need to complete in this space, so stay tuned for a post on what those elements are! But in the meantime, you’ll find me sipping lemonade out here and enjoying it as it is all summer long!

If you missed the latest updates to the side yard, you can check out the makeover here!

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