It took me a long time to figure this out, but the best reason for me to excercise is not to lose weight, or to get buff, or to be healthy when I'm old, or because a doctor said to, but because it makes me feel so good all the time. It's about time I applied that same philosophy to housekeeping...
I recently cleaned the whole house in preparation for a tiny dinner party (2 guests, sandwiches, apple juice & whiskey, cake, and ridiculous amounts of fun). The next morning I was amazed at what an impact the still-shiny apartment had on my mood the next morning. Making coffee in a clean kitchen? Yay! Reaching into a sparkling refrigerator for cream? Life is wonderful! Showering, reading, putzing about: everything I did was easier and more fun. The nice neat house made me feel good, all the time.
I've gotten into bad habits of thinking I should clean the apartment just because I should, and because it's gross not to. I think trading those negative thoughts ('Do it, you slobby slacker') for positive ones ('It will be so pretty! La-la!') would change everything. But how to hold onto that motiviation? Swimming and hiking are fun for their own sake, whereas cleaning the stove... I just have to remember that clean happy glow!
(I bought the Alive! baby card at Little Otsu years ago. It was made by Apak- the Apak Etsy shop is currently currently on vacation so they can take care of their real-life baby, but check back in March!)
Image: Tess Wilson