What do you listen to when you’re cleaning the house? Here’s a list of five of my favorites.
Imagine, if you will, it’s a Monday evening and you just returned home after a hard day at work. You’re too tired to cook anything fancy — or cook anything, period — for dinner, so you grab the can opener and unleash a can of bean and bacon soup. Spoon in hand, you plop down into your favorite comfy chair, and you start devouring the contents of the can.
A few minutes later, you wake up and realize you somehow dozed off in the middle of eating dinner. Tired and not hungry any more, you set the half empty can on the kitchen counter and you push Play on the answering machine.
The first message is from Aunt Ruth. She just purchased a new bathing suit and she wants to see what you think of it.
The second message is from someone who dialed a wrong number, but he tells you that so-and-so died and the funeral is tomorrow and it would mean so much to the family if you can attend.
The third message is from a Sweepstakes company, and you have been selected to have dinner with the Queen. That’s the good news. The bad news is that she’ll be coming to your place for dinner. The even worse news is that your home is a total disaster at the moment. You haven’t cleaned for seventeen months.
What do you do?
You crank up the stereo with some motivational, inspirational music by which to clean!
When you’re washing dishes or sweeping the floor, what music gets your energy level up so that you can clean with gusto?
Sometimes when the kids and I clean, we’ll listen to some good old classic rock. There is a lot of music that falls into this category, but here are five of my all time favorite cleaning songs.
When I play this stuff, the kids work harder and faster, either because the music motivates them or because they want to get finished so I’ll turn off the stereo.
These are tunes that have mostly upbeat, hard driving rhythms.
This first song is probably my kids’ favorite classic rock song, by the European group Focus. The name of the song is Hocus Pocus. If you only watch one video from this article, this is the one to watch. You’ve got to listen to the lead singer’s special sound effects. It’s amazing!
Hocus Pocus, by Focus
My youngest son loves this next song by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Sweet Home Alabama
It’s somewhat ironic that a Neil Young song appears on this list along with a Lynyrd Skynyrd tune, because there has always been some animosity between the two. Cinnamon Girl is a great song though, and when it’s cranked it probably gets me moving about 50% faster than normal.
One of my favorite songs of all time is from the group Kansas. I saw them twice in concert back in the day. They can put on a great show. This song is from the Leftoverture album, one of my first rock albums (by “album” I mean LP, which my kids call “Big Cd’s.” I bought this album the night before my geometry final exam when I was a sophomore in high school. I aced the exam.
Carry On Wayward Son
The other album I bought the night before my geometry final exam was Fool for the City, by Foghat. This album is classic. Studying for the exam, I listened to this album and to Leftoverture over and over for four hours straight. Here’s the title track.
Fool for the City
Whether you listen to anything like this, or if you prefer another type of music, I think most people would agree that the right music can put you in the right frame of mind for whatever it is you’re setting out to do.
I’d be especially interested in finding out what you like to listen to when you clean!