Unless you’re a multibillionaire who belongs to the world’s 1%, you won’t have a house cleaner at your beck and call. Even Hollywood stars clean up after themselves, so what’s stopping a mere mortal like you from cleaning the house and washing the dishes. Speaking of washing the dishes, do you know that Microsoft’s Bill Gates insists on washing the dishes every night? Yes, he’s the same person who revolutionised and forever changed how we use the computer.

While there is nothing wrong with paying for rubbish and house clearance services, there is also something almost cathartic with cleaning your own house. It gives you a sense of purpose and direction to know you’re responsible not only for the mortgage of the property but also for how well-maintained it can be. You can make housecleaning enjoyable with these easy tips:

Play Music

Cleaning is monotonous. Sometimes, your brain gets tired faster than your body because it keeps on doing the same thing. But when there’s music—whether you’re into pop, classical, rock, jazz, or RnB—it gives your brain something else to do rather than sweep the floors and wipe the countertop. Just make sure to crank up the volume when your neighbours are at work—or at least tell them in advance that you’re doing general housecleaning and that you’ll probably play loud music. If it’s not possible to play loud music, put on your headphones.

Turn It into a Workout

Do you want to burn some calories? Put on your fitness tracker and see how it goes up the moment you start cleaning the house. When you’re cleaning, you’re on your feet and constantly moving. You’re lifting heavy items and walking back and forth. The physical activity will burn calories and tone your muscles.

Play a Game

Family cleaning

Why not invite your spouse, kids, siblings, parents, and even friends to play the cleaning game with you? Every time someone finishes a task, they get points. At the end of the week, the person with the most points will win a prize. You can also clean against the clock, wherein the fastest person to finish the tasks assigned to them will receive some sort of prize (a fancy dinner sounds good). Not only is the prospect of the prize motivating, but you’ll have fun with your loved ones, too.

Talk to Someone

Have you often put off a call to a friend living outside the state or the country? Maybe it’s time to pick up the phone and give them a call. It’s nice to have someone to talk to while you’re cleaning the house. Consider using a hands-free device so that you can talk and clean the house at the same time. This way, you’re accomplishing two tasks at once: cleaning and catching up with a friend.

There’s nothing wrong with asking your loved ones for help. You can ask them to clean the house with you, provided that you buy the pizza and beer later. It’s a great bonding experience to organise items. At the end of the day, you will feel more accomplished than ever. Not to mention, you’ll also be sleeping in a squeaky-clean room.