What Inspires You to Clean?

A friend was staying with me the other day and we got into an interesting conversation about cleaning (yes, I realize that sounds like an oxymoron) and I thought I would share a bit of it here. It started out with her commenting on my Mrs. Meyers Lemon Verbena dish soap and how good it smelled. I showed her my stash of cleaning products- all the same brand and scent and explained, I like a tidy apartment, but I have a tough time motivating myself to actually clean it.

The eco friendly products in a fresh scent help because I know not only will I not be inhaling noxious fumes as I scrub down my tiny, poorly ventilated bathroom; once the job is done the entire place always smells amazing. I also crank up the music while I scrub the place down and make a run to the grocery store once it's finished to restock the fridge and pick up fresh flowers and wine… my little reward that, combined with the spotless environment, make the weekly scrub down feel like less of a chore.

My friend, who is newly married, also splurges a bit on her products. Her primary motivation, however, is that her amazing husband routinely does so many of the daily household chores and the deep cleaning is her way of pitching in.

What motivates you to clean? Leave your feedback in the comments below.

Image: Bethany Nauert/Rodellee's Tiny Vintage Studio