Why You Should Savor Your Kitchen Cleaning Routine

Cleaning may feel like a chore, but it doesn't have to. A busy schedule and daily commitments may have you rushing through kitchen cleaning time. If you change your perspective, you just may learn to love kitchen cleaning and start savoring that time for yourself.

According to a by the Discovery Channel, many people find that cleaning our homes can feel 'mentally therapeutic' and make us feel more in control of our lives. Here are a few ways to start savoring your kitchen cleaning time, as opposed to dreading it.

Set Goals

Whether you are scrubbing the fridge or spraying your counter tops, you've got a job to do. Try thinking of it less as a chore and more of a process to provide peace of mind that you are accomplishing a goal.

Think about the other things you want to achieve in the day and set a plan in place to do them. After all, how often do you really get time alone to just think?

Listen Up

Wellness coach Steve Pavia says that it is important to stay positive and motivated, and to practice something that encourages those feelings daily. One way to achieve that is to practice the daily habit of listening to motivational audio programs - something that is easy to do while decluttering and cleaning the heart of your home. Find something that resonates with you like a self-help audio book or motivational podcast or music. Make it a goal to get through at least one chapter a cleaning session. The feeling of success will follow you throughout your day!

If you're not the self-help type, create a playlist of your favorite songs and play it only when you're on kitchen duty so you have something to look forward to. You will get through the task of oven cleaning a whole lot quicker with your favorite tunes on.

Kitchen Sink Meditation

Flickr/Alan Levine
Flickr/Alan Levine

Doing dishes is a great time to practice what Organic Authority calls "kitchen sink meditation." Since doing dishes is something you shouldn't rush through, use the slow time to clear your mind, take deep breathes and use a calming smelling dish soap to enhance the 'spa' like feeling your hands will have being submerged in warm water.

All of this combined gives your brain a chance to refocus.

Workout While You Work

Cleaning is a great way to get fit, too. Chances are, you haven't had much time to dedicate to getting to the gym or working out. Savor the alone time and use it to get in shape while crossing the cleaning off your to-do list.

Vacuuming or mopping regularly burns four calories per minute. Add in some core movements or squats while your reaching high and low and you can double that number. Standing on one leg while you clean windows or wipe down a counter top can strengthen  your core and legs. The endorphins released during exercise will help elevate your mood and keep you smiling the rest of the day.

So, next time you're tasked with tackling a dirty kitchen, rethink your routine and savor the you time. We know you've more than earned it.

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