Cleaning is boring. There is some small satisfaction from making your bedroom a little more organised, or tidying the living room, but not so much that it makes the overall process enjoyable. The repetitive movement of the vacuum coupled with its loud noises can drive any sane person crazy, while wiping surface after surface will enough to make you fall asleep on the job. Having said that, there are a few things that can make the experience a little more enjoyable.

Listening to music

Throw on your favourite tunes and before you know it you won’t even notice that your hand is in the toilet bowl. Bopping your head to the latest Top 40 songs can get you through any job no matter how boring. A problem can rear its head when you start vacuuming though. As the warnings go, be careful about turning the volume too high as it can damage your ears. For this, only use noise cancelling headphones, just to be safe.

Annoy others

As mentioned cleaning is monotonous. There can be no better way to relieve yourself of said monotony than to start cleaning when there are others in the house. It doesn’t matter if it’s your close family or new housemates who you’ve barely spoken with, cleaning around them is sure to get a response. Whether it’s a quiet, but obvious, storm-out-of-the-room type of anger, or an in-your-face reaction to your vacuuming, any fight will cure your boredom and create tension in the house for weeks.

Get lost in your thoughts

Make life plans. Create some fanciful thoughts in your head that, not only will make you rich and powerful, but ensure that you never have to place a hand on a jay-cloth ever again. In order to completely distract yourself from the scum that has formed around the kitchen sink, the more outrageous the dream concocted the better. Ensure you create as much detail as possible and you’ll feel like you’re in a different world.

These tips may indeed make your time cleaning go a little bit faster, but you’ll still have great feelings of boredom. The best and most effective cure? Cut corners. Don’t vacuum under the shoes, don’t clean under the magazines and definitely don’t think of touching behind the television. The more corners cut, the quicker you’ll finish and that will be the end of your cleaning for the day.