How I Started Looking Forward to Housework and Actually Enjoying It (When I Used to Dread It)
I figured out how to make myself look forward to housework and enjoy it! This has been such a breakthrough!
It all started when I decided I should read books by Christian thinkers and influencers (you know, since I’m a writer and all, that seemed like a good idea).
But I was having trouble finding the margin in my days to add “reading.”
Then a friend told me she has a monthly subscription to an audio book service, and does much of her reading via audio books.
That was light bulb #1.
So, I decided I would give it a try. I found that Audiobooks.com offers a free audio book just for signing up. I created an account online, then downloaded their app to my iPhone. I was able to browse for and chose my first book right in the app, which was For the Love by Jen Hatmaker.
But still, I couldn’t quite figure out when to listen to the book. I wasn’t going to have my earbuds in while I was with my kids during the day. And when they nap, I’m usually busy writing.
However, on Wednesday mornings both of my older kids go to preschool, and somewhere during that time, my baby will take a nap. This is typically when I furiously do housework and laundry.
That seemed like a good opportunity (and the only available opportunity) to multitask and expand my mind while doing tedious tasks.
That was light bulb #2.
So, I waited for Wednesday. Baby Em went down for her nap as scheduled, and I located my earbuds, got set up and pressed play. With my phone in my back pocket, I started scanning the kitchen for my first chore.
The crazy thing was, I enjoyed my housework so much that day!
I fell into a rhythm of wiping counters, putting things away and folding laundry. I was energized. I was smiling. I was engaged and thinking and laughing and crying.
I worked faster than normal, stayed with my tasks longer, and I mean it when I say, I truly enjoyed myself!
I am pleased with this discovery, and I soon realized I could leverage this to keep myself motivated to work hard on my precious Wednesday mornings.
That was lightbulb #3.
I created a “rule” for myself (I do this all the time, it works great). I was only allowed to listen to my audio book while doing my weekly housework.
–that is, if the kids aren’t around. I don’t want to be disengaged from them when they’re present–
So guess what?
I not only look forward to my Wednesday chores, but I am also motivated, I enjoy them, and I am sharpening my mind with new ideas. I can’t even say how happy I am with this discovery!
If you want to give this a try, I would definitely recommend For the Love as a great first book. In one chapter Jen Hatmaker had me laughing out loud, in the next crying and in the next, deeply challenged in my walk with God. It’s a book about life in the Church, motherhood, and reflections. It’s eclectic, refreshing and entertaining.
Since it usually takes me about a month to get through one audio book. I decided to keep my audiobooks subscription, and I’m now listening to my third book! I plan to do periodic audio book and podcast reviews on the blog for those of you who would like to join my in “reading while you clean.” 🙂