cleaning motivation

I admit it: I don’t love cleaning.

According to my RAs in college and my husband, I’m fairly competent at it, but it just doesn’t bring me joy. Inviting people over seems to be the best way to get me motivated to clean. However, there is only so much of that one can do.

Before I got married, I’d always lived with my large family or in a dorm full of girls. There was always someone to chat with while I did mundane tasks such as cleaning. Once I got married, I started having a lot more alone time. Despite the fact that I’m a strong introvert, the silence just seemed unnatural.

I recently discovered the wonders of podcasts. I have no idea why I didn’t start listening to these sooner! You can listen to lectures on a wide variety of topics for free. Listening to an episode while I work on household tasks both breaks the silence and provides some brain stimulation. It’s a win all around.

A lot of cleaning experts will tell you to set a timer while you clean. Instead of doing that, I’ll start a 30 minute podcast and work on a cleaning project until the episode concludes. This has the same benefit as the traditional set-a-timer method, but it’s much more interesting.

Since I set my cleaning time as my podcast time, I almost look forward to cleaning. Almost.

My Top Podcasts

  • Homemaking Foundations – Jami Balmet hosts Homemaking Foundations, blogs at Young Wife’s Guide, and posts weekly video podcasts on YouTube. Did I mention that she has two sets of twin boys and a newborn baby girl? Okay, while I’m over here wondering how she manages all that, go check out her podcast. Seriously. I want to be more like Jami when I grow up. Jami got married young like I did, has boys (though more of them than I do), and loves books, so I can relate to her. Homemaking Foundations covers spiritual disciplines, freezer cooking, marriage, motherhood, goal setting, reading, and much more. It’s my favorite podcast.
  • Homemakers in Action – Like Jami, Becca Day runs a podcast, a blog and a YouTube channel. Phew. Becca has a really fun British acccent. Becca is a young wife and mother who chats about homemaking skills and how to manage your home, even if you aren’t a naturally talented homemaker. She brings hope and humor to women who are just starting out in their homemaking journeys. Homemakers in Action just launched recently, but I’ve enjoyed both of the episodes so far.
  • Paleo Women Podcast – Okay, I don’t actually eat paleo, but I do appreciate Stefani and Noelle’s perspective on women’s health issues. They actually have suggestions other than “take a pill.” I am grateful for modern medicine, but it’s important to find a balance between that and also making healthy lifestyle choices. My one caveat with this podcast is that they do discuss women’s health issues, which means that you probably won’t want to listen to them around little ears.
  • Politico’s Nerdcast – I have been a politics nerd for about nine years now. While I had to cut back my consumption of news media during the 2016 campaign, election, and aftermath, I do still like to get caught up periodically. The Nerdcast has more in-depth analysis than a standard news article or clip.
  • A Slob Comes Clean – I first discovered Dana K. White when I was a new homemaker dealing with a challenging pregnancy and fighting my exhaustion to keep my house clean. As someone who is also of a more creative bent, I relate to Dana’s personality. Though she is funny…I’m not really funny. If you want to listen to somebody give you a pep talk about cleaning while you’re cleaning, A Slob Comes Clean is the way to go. I also really like her ebook Drowning in Clutter.
  • Brilliant Business Moms – After a long hiatus, Brilliant Business Moms recently made a come back. Beth Anne does a Q&A format with moms who run businesses. If you run an Etsy shop, a blog, or even a brick and mortar business, you’ll enjoy the tips on business from people who understand the critical importance of balancing work and family life.

Do you listen to podcasts? What are some of your favorites?

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12 Comments on Increasing Your Cleaning Motivation with Podcasts

  1. Oh that’s cool! I haven’t heard of any of these, but it is nice to have some recommendations. I typically listen to music when I clean but I should probably give podcasts a try!

  2. Oh, how I hate cleaning . . . never thought about listening to podcasts while I clean, but I’ve listened to them on the drive to my hometown before, and they definitely sped up the drive versus simply listening to music.

  3. I’m the same way! My house only gets a good cleaning if I know people are coming to visit. I do enjoy listening to podcasts while I clean though. It’s a nice way to get through them all! (I’m always so behind). Normally I don’t want to multi-task, but in this case, I think it’s ok!

  4. I also listen to things as i clean. You can go to the Overdrive app, One Click Digital and Hoopla ;connect them to your library and listen to books. All free!

  5. I always listen to podcasts while I get things done around the house or go for walks on my lunch breaks! A few of my favorites are Radiolab, Invisibilia, Note to a Self, 99% Invisible, The Moth, This American Life, and TED Radio Hour!

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