25 Ways to Make Household Chores Fun

Updated on December 28, 2016
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Growing up second oldest in a family with eight children, I have done my fair share of house chores. When I was young I would invent little games to make cleaning less boring. Washing the dishes became my own secret cooking show, where I would teach my invisible audience to make “root beer floats” with suds in the dirty glasses. Scrubbing the bathroom turned into cleaning up after the wild cats in the zoo (to appreciate this fully, you must know I had six brothers), and the uneven thumping of the dryer became an army troop coming to capture us.

While I may have been a slightly odd child, we all learn to make cleaning a game in some way when we are young. Singing “Clean up, clean up, everybody, everywhere,” in preschool and making tower stacks with blocks while putting them away encouraged us to make the best out of life’s inevitable chores.

Then somewhere along the way, we lose our imagination. Jobs around the house become the bane of our existence. Is it possible to bring some joy back into everyday cleaning?


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Here are 25 ways you can make household tasks more enjoyable:


1. Wear a cute apron to feel like a modern June Cleaver.

2. Make doing chores in the evening relaxing with candles and soft lighting.

3. Experiment with making homemade green cleaners that are less harsh on the skin, eyes, and lungs. Peppermint, lavender, orange, or lemon oils make aromatic additions to homemade solutions.

4. Tie up your hair in a bandana like Rosie the Riveter and go to war with dust bunnies pin-up style (You can do it!).

5. Make cleaning a family affair. Chatting while scrubbing makes a job ten times more fun.

6. Brainstorm witty inventions while washing the dishes (and record any awesome ideas!). Finding a solution to something that annoys you could end up making you millions.

7. Sip a glass of wine or your favorite hot beverage while working.

8. Invest in some adorable dish washing gloves to give you a smile while scrubbing.

9. Fold laundry over your favorite TV show or movie. The warmth of freshly dried clothes can make TV time soothing.

10. See who can think of the best oxymoron while cleaning (oxymorons are contradictory terms like “jumbo shrimp” or “nearsighted overseer”).

11. Dream up the plot for a book while ironing (who knows, you may think up the next hit seller).

12. Practice your opera while cleaning the shower.

13. Take turns making up and answering “Would you rather…?” questions with your kids as you do chores together. Here is one to get you started: Would you rather have to scrub the entire Eiffel tower with a toothbrush, or clean state prison showers while wearing a chicken suit?

14. Play your favorite music as you work.

15. Put on a heart rate monitor and see how many calories you can burn as you clean. Add jumping jacks between tasks to get your number higher.

16. Try a new kind of dish soap each time you run out, picking whichever you find most appealing in scent and color.

17. Play the Alphabet Picnic game with your kids as you all work together. The first person says, “I’m going on a picnic, and I’m going to bring…” adding an item that starts with the letter ‘A.’ As you take turns, each person must remember all other items mentioned (in order) and add a new item with the next letter of the alphabet.

18. Make up a song while vacuuming.

19. Purchase a soft pair of slippers to feel like you’re walking on air as you work.

20. Indulge in some rich chocolate in between chores to keep your morale up.

21. Put your hair up in rollers and swipe on some lipstick before you begin. You’ll feel cute when you catch a glimpse of yourself cleaning in the bathroom mirrors, and will be sporting lovely waves by the time you have finished.

22. Think of 15 things you are thankful for while dusting.

23. Stop and enjoy the sunset while you’re taking out the trash.

24. Surprise your partner by taking care of their assigned chore. Knowing how much they will appreciate it will make the job less of an annoyance, and seeing his/her smile will brighten your day.

25. Make it a ritual to take a deep breath and savor how good the house looks when you’re done. Then give yourself a soak in your sparkling bathtub.

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        RC 

        16 months ago

        This is just brilliant. Can't wait to try these out :) thx

      • Abundant old soul profile image

        Abundant Old Soul 

        3 years ago from united states

        This article makes me feel good.

        I am a new housewife/husband, and I need creative outlets. I am really interested in the green friendly cleaning solutions

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        CrisSp 

        5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

        Sounds like fun! I find "Play your favorite music as you work" - very effective for me. It simply sets the mood and I'm surely rocking it!

        It can even give us some inspirations on what to write about when we're running out of ideas. Trust me, it happened to me and I ended up hubbing about it--"the rhythm and blues of house cleaning".

        Very relate-able hub with lots of quick useful and fun to do tips.

        Thanks and welcome to HP!

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        Faith A Mullen 

        5 years ago

        H-Chris - I love singing while vacuuming because somehow I think I sound better half masked by the hum of the vacuum. Glad you enjoyed the hub!

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        Faith A Mullen 

        5 years ago

        Too funny, Tsmog. The Eye of the Tiger is a perfect song to play while cleaning. Good luck!

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        H-Chris 

        5 years ago from Nebraska

        I play my happy song playlist while I'm cleaning..loudly. I love cleaning on a sunny Saturday with no one around so I can sing along [badly] without embarrassment.

        Many of your suggestions are awesome and I may just have to try a few the next time I do chores.

        *^_^*

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        Tim Mitchell 

        5 years ago from Escondido, CA

        If you believe in answered prayer, well this article does just that. I won't share the condition of this abode, yet WWII is pale in comparison. I seem to think a rider will be on the loose tomorrow (Sun 02/03/2013). Maybe pics to prove for a Dearest Best Friend.

        Yup, I have a plan now of fun instead of drudgery. Thank you Faith A Mullen. I hear Eye of the Tiger by Survivor now. A treasure map is in the making and treasures to be discovered on not one isle but 10 near an angel like us to some.

        tim

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        Faith A Mullen 

        5 years ago

        That sounds awesome, Daisydayz! I am jealous ;)

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        Chantele Cross-Jones 

        5 years ago from Cardiff

        I hate cleaning so I need a few of these, luckily I have a hubby who actually seems to enjoy a bit of deep cleaning, on his day off he likes to bleach the bathroom and scrub the livingroom/kitchen floors and surfances! So I can't really complain can I?

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        Justsilvie 

        5 years ago

        Great Hub! Voted up and shared.

      • Faith A Mullen profile imageAUTHOR

        Faith A Mullen 

        5 years ago

        Thanks for the vote and share, Sharkye11! A face mask is a great idea! I am all for multitasking while cleaning :)

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        Jayme Kinsey 

        5 years ago from Oklahoma

        Cute ideas! I always daydream while doing dishes and dance while doing the fast cleaning. I like your suggestion about the hair rollers. I like to put on a face mask before I start. It has plenty of time to warm up and soak in while I work.

        Voting and sharing!

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        Faith A Mullen 

        5 years ago

        Thanks so much, Seafarer Mama! Cranberry and seltzer water with lime sounds amazing. I will have to try it!

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        Karen A Szklany 

        5 years ago from New England

        Hi Faith ~ so happy that you thought up this fun and charming hub! Love the ideas and pictures. The idea of how clean my home will be after cleaning it keeps me going...and so does the soundtrack to "Good Morning Vietnam." :0) Love to sip cranmberry and seltzer water with a twist of lime as my refreshing beverage between chores. :0)

        Voted Up/U/F/A/B/I

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        Faith A Mullen 

        5 years ago

        Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, Zeddy and Tonipet! I figure if you are going to have to do cleaning anyway, you might as well make the best of it!

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        Tonette Fornillos 

        5 years ago from The City of Generals

        Hi Faith. Just reading all your tips is already fun. I always try to be beautiful when doing chores. I make sure my clothing fits me nicely so I feel sexy, some flair for my hair so I look pretty, lol. I like it when despite moving around the house, and anyone will see me, still will find me lovely and tidy. :=)LOVED your ideas - definitely adding more to my list of little fanciness at home. Thank you. -A thousand smiles and blessings, Faith. -Tonette

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        Zeddy 

        5 years ago

        I dance through housework with LOUD music and get into it and get it done! But if there is a repetitive task that needs doing i mostly let my imagination run wild and go on a little trip far far away:)

        I love looking at the sparkling awesomeness afterward too!

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        Faith A Mullen 

        5 years ago

        Thanks so much, Learning in Life! And thanks for what you and your husband do for our country. I have a brother in the army and it has given me a much greater respect for all those who serve.

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        Megan Smith 

        5 years ago from SW Florida

        Great hub, voted for you for Rising Star. Good luck

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        Faith A Mullen 

        5 years ago

        Thanks for the comment, Winsome! Music helps me too. I like hooking my iphone up to speakers or turning on Spotify while I clean.

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        Winsome 

        5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

        Hi Faith,

        For me it's music. I dial in Traveling Wilburys as a station on Pandora and crank it up. Whether I'm washing my car or creating some wood project, the music makes it a party. I like your idea of inventing--I have invented several tools or helpful pieces of furniture that were necessary for me completing the project I'm on. =: )

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        Faith A Mullen 

        5 years ago

        I am exactly the same! Sitting in a freshly cleaned room with a good cup of coffee or tea is very stress relieving.

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        BarbaraJo Mullen 

        5 years ago

        I always make a cup of tea or flavored coffee when I'm done and love to sit in the room I've just cleaned. I feel more relaxed when a room looks and smells clean, so cleaning actually helps me relieve stress, especially if I have a favorite hot beverage waiting for me. :)

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        Faith A Mullen 

        5 years ago

        Thanks, Jacante! Everything's better with chocolate :)

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        Jacante 

        5 years ago

        Love this! I think my favorite is the chocolate in between chores....I'm like a child who needs a reward system!

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        Faith A Mullen 

        5 years ago

        Lol. RTalloni, that is too funny about your mother. I'm not a big fan of dusting either, but I'll take it over bathrooms ;)

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        RTalloni 

        5 years ago from the short journey

        Fun stuff! My mother told me that as the oldest of 11 she would make up stories about the dishes she washed which would include great sympathy for any old or chipped dishes.

        Getting dressed (makeup, hair, jewelry) when I work around the house helps me. Dusting is my least favorite--so much so that I am thinking of going minimalistic in décor.

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