Tara Talks: Cleaning


I don’t mind cleaning but loathe tidying. Nicki Cawood, my Dream Bear *Editor LOVES cleaning and finds it enjoyable. You’ll find top tips from both of us in this post which is aimed out helping you enjoy cleaning more and to make sure that it doesn’t take over your life.

If you are someone who has to shove dishes into the oven to hide them because someone calls in unannounced and have a cupboard where everything is shoved, this blog post could be for you!

Little and Often

If there is one thing most likely to make me ignore housework it is overwhelm. Once things have piled up (so easily done) it gets harder and harder to get on top of. If you’re a busy single parent faced with a pile of laundry, a sinkful of dishes and a bunch of cleaning tasks, at the end of the day there’s a good chance that you are really not going to be feeling much enthusiasm for getting through it. Doing a little bit frequently to avoid the big clean up can make all the difference. Just do the pots. Just one load of washing or wipe down one room to start with and see where that leads. The same applies to most tasks. Break something down and your mammoth overwhelming task doesn’t seem so hard to get through anymore.

Cleaning Motivation and Inspiration

I’m hearing a lot about Mrs Hinch at the moment. I haven’t watched any of her videos or anything yet but think that anything that will motivate you to clean (& enjoy it) can only be a good thing.  Nicki tells me that she occasionally watches a few American cleaning videos to get her going. I’m not sure if I was supposed to mention that on here but never mind! Whether Mrs Hinch is your inspiration or a good “Get Cleaning” soundtrack is more your style, use whatever it takes to get the job done. Watching Mari Kondo videos on Netflix can apparently spur you on to get things done.

Get Some Scent Going

This is another one of Nicki’s top tips for getting the cleaning done but I have to say that having now tried it for myself, I thoroughly enjoy it. If you have a diffuser, pop your favourite oils in (citrus smells, linen, peppermint and those sorts of scents always smell fresh and clean too) or light your favourite strong scented candle. If all else fails, throw open some windows and enjoy a fresh breeze. It might be an idea to declutter any paperwork sat around first though, otherwise, you might end up with it flying around the room.

Give it a try and let me know how you find this.

Nice Products

You don’t need to spend a fortune on cleaning products but if you can find something that does the job and as a bonus smells nice, you’re onto a winner. Whether you go for all natural products such as white vinegar and bicarb of soda with essential oils, or whatever is on offer and works for, go for it. Decent cleaning materials cut down the time you spend cleaning which can make all of the difference when it comes to motivation (and saving time).

Too Tired to Clean

No-one died because the dishes weren’t done and no-one will be hurt because you haven’t dusted. Yes, do what you can, try and keep on top, declutter so that you don’t have so much “stuff” but don’t get too worried or stressed about having to clean. It can wait. Your self-care, your family time and a hundred other things are more important.

If you have any top tips for cleaning I’d love to hear them!


*Nicki helps me create the majority of the content on the main part of the site and deals with numerous other bits and pieces, apart from the Tara Talks blog posts, obviously.


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