Cleaning Tips + Tricks


Truth be told, I’m a horrible whistler, so thankfully, we’re not talking about actual whistling. We’re going to talk about something I recently discovered – the greatest housecleaning aid ever: music. I know, I know. Some of you are probably like, “Girl, I’ve been cleaning with music for years!” Well, as we’ve mentioned before, when Greg and I got married we moved into an apartment until we found a perfect fixer upper. That means “cranking up the tunes” wasn’t an option. Though at times it seemed that rule only seemed to apply to us. Our neighbors thought it was totally okay for them to make all sorts of racket on a regular basis. Bitter? Me? No way. ; )

Anyway… Greg and I have recently rediscovered the joy of loud(ish) music, and I’ve found that cleaning to a rhythm is amazing for my productivity. There are actually several scientific studies that back up the idea that music makes repetitive tasks (such as cleaning) easier and/or more enjoyable.

A few weeks ago, I put together what I think is a perfect Housecleaning Mix. It’s about 1 hour long – so it’s perfect for daily (sometimes every-other-day) blitz cleaning. Now, you might call my cleaning mix odd. I prefer to call it “eclectic”. It covers the full gamut; from true classics to show tunes to modern pop. And, of course, no cleaning mix is complete without a few “guilty pleasures”, so don’t judge! : )

1. Rolling in the Deep – Adele
2. 25 or 6 to 4 – Chicago
3. Marry You – Bruno Mars
4. The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson
5. Forget You (Glee Cast Version) – Glee
6. Heartburn – Alicia Keys
7. I’m Shakin’ – Rooney
8. The Story of Us – Taylor Swift
9. Defying Gravity – Wicked
10. Friday is Forever – We The Kings
11. Ignorance – Paramore
12. Butterflies – Dave Barnes
13. Goodnight and Goodbye – Jonas Brothers
14. Love Can Wait – Cameron Mitchell
15. Don’t Rain on My Parade – Hello Dolly
16. Born to Hand Jive – Grease

Can’t you tell which ones are total “guilty pleasures”? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Though I’m not a Jonas Brothers fan-girl (Though I have to admit, I kinda was back in the day) or considered a “Gleek” (However, I am a fan of The Glee Project! A friend of my brother’s, Cameron, is one of the contestants.), but this is my concoction for getting the job done. So next time you’re housecleaning, crank up the music! As Martha Stewart would say, “it’s a good thing.” ; )

So what’s in your Cleaning Mix? Do you crank up the tunes when you do housework?

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    July 11, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I think your mix sounds awesome!

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    Rachel M
    July 11, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Yes! I clean with music too and it does makes it go by faster. Especially when you keep up the pace and use the same playlist every time. It’s kind of like a workout!

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    July 11, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Love the nod to Wicked! Best musical EVER! I wish they would make a movie!

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    Lori H
    July 11, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Love the playlist. I would add some Partridge Family (“I Think I Love You” anyone?) Thanks for sharing.

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      July 11, 2011 at 2:14 pm

      Oh yeah! And Davy Jones’ “Girl” too, haha : )

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    Lady Kay
    July 11, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I always do 🙂 I love using Pandora and adding lots of variety to one station!

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    Heather Irene
    July 11, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I usually put on some old school bands that I listened to in high school/early college: Small Town Poets, Shaded Red, Jars of Clay, Sixpence None The Richer. Sometimes if I make myself feel like I’m still young, it makes the cleaning go faster. OK, not really, but I can at least try, right?

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      July 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm

      Yes, I loved Sixpence! Still do. “Kiss Me” was the very first song I learned on guitar when I was 14. Good times : )

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    Ashley J
    July 11, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I have an 80’s mix that I rely on for cleaning time! One time I was caught mid-boogie while vacuuming to The Smiths. Good times.

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    July 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I recently added two Pandora stations on my iPod — Heart and Taylor Dayne. Both are mind-blowingly awesome! (if you’re into the 80s, that is)

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    July 11, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    I dont have a set playlisst, but I always work well to 30 seconds to mars, kings of leon, and I am loving Adele at the moment!

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    Mandy K
    July 11, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    I crank up some Stevie Wonder and I’m good to go!

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    July 12, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Great Mix! Whenever I clean, I set my Pandora to the Britney Spears station… lol the songs that come in are great dance tunes that get me pumped up!!!

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    July 12, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I live in an apartment but I put my headphones on. If the doorbell rings they’re out of luck! I allow myself 2 songs per room. By the end of the second song I should be moving to the next room! By the end of 14 songs I’m done! 

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    July 12, 2011 at 11:21 am

    I’m going to do this! And I ove your blog!!!

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    July 12, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Funny… I don’t watch Glee, but am totally hooked on The Glee Project (how did that happen?). Love Cameron – hope he wins!

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    July 12, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Wicked!!! Love it!! It was my cleaning soundtrack for a long time!

    Right now I am rocking Ellie Goulding and Lissie

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