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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Motivation For Housework


Very few people I know really enjoy housework but I'll tell you what gets me in the mood.
Firstly, I like to do it on my own. I like everybody out of the house. No other pulls on my time.
Secondly I have found that if I have the radio on I am more likely to potter about. Chosen music on the stereo is not as effective for me. I listen to City Park radio where I get a very broad variety of music, a bit of chitty chat and few advertisements. It's a community radio station run by volunteers.
Saturday afternoons is the best time for me to make pasta - when the Italian program is on of course!
Yesterday I worked 8hrs in my paid job but before I got there I had washed the floors and washed the ceilings and walls in the bathroom and hallway.
I don't know what it is about the radio but it puts me in a contented housework frame of mind. It could be that it triggers something like Pavlov's dog. I remember my grandmother in the outback always having the wireless on. 
When I sit myself down to prep vegetables or fruit for bottling and preserving, the radio keeps me company over those hours. 
So I can't sit here all day and I must go and turn my radio on. I sure hope after I wash another few walls that it will motivate me to sew that tea towel order I have waiting. 
So what gets you in the mood? What is your motivator? Is it lists? Is it pinning on the pinny?

7 comments:

  1. No music could EVER put me in the mood to wash walls. Maybe they're putting subliminal messages in the radiowaves.
    I do my best cleaning to Science Friday, an NPR program on Friday mornings. That's my day off and the content keeps my mind off the fact that I'm cleaning. Good stuff.

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  2. I just like the sound of the kids playing next door and the traffic going past in the daytime..but at night, when my husband is away working I love the radio on. It blocks out the sound of creaks and night noises and soothes me to sleep again!

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  3. I listen to talk radio host, Dave Ramsey, and get motivated to pay off debt. Sometimes it's a cd of soothing music. It does make the time seem more pleasant :)

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  4. I work best with a list; ticking off the chores as they get completed...but maybe I should try having the radio on after reading the post and others' comments.

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  5. Please tell me the washing of walls and ceilings is only a once in a blue moon event!
    I feel extremely inadequate now, because it would never even occur to me to do that (unless I was getting ready to paint them maybe).

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  6. I'm not really sure. Probably the end result of a clean space. I like clean spaces. I just do a bit here and a bit there... but your post has put the idea in my mind that I really do need a pinny. For sure a pinny would make it more fun.

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  7. Motivation music for housework is a must. I sometimes, occasionally, under duress, help my wife with housework stuff (not ironing, I draw the line at ironing) on weekends & I agree that music motivation is the only way to go. I haven't listened to City Park Radio for a long time. You have motivated me to tune in.

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