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Learn to Love Cleaning

Updated: 4 days ago

I don't only own and operate a commercial cleaning company. I own a busy brewery with a taproom in Sacramento. When we opened a number of years ago, I found myself doing all the jobs I couldn't afford to hire anyone else to do. That included the daily restroom cleaning. I would do every other task on my list before starting the dreaded bathroom cleaning. The first couple days I cleaned them, all I could think of was how fast I would hire a commercial cleaning company to do the work for me. A few days into the daily cleaning I actually caught myself starting to enjoy the work. I know what your thinking, how could anyone enjoy cleaning toilets?! Here's how I did it.

First, I downloaded an interesting book to listen to while I cleaned. Something crazy happens when I'm listening to a book and doing work without much thought. I tend to retain a ton more information and time goes by pretty quickly.

Second, I set small goals while I'm cleaning. Let's say for example, I wanted to complete the restroom cleaning in an hour so I could get home in time for an episode of Breaking Bad. Don't judge me, I used to love that show. I would break each task down into incremental time blocks. Four toilets and a urinal shouldn't take me more than 20 minutes to clean. Assuming no one destroyed a toilet. I would estimate the floors and partitions at 20 minutes and counter tops with paper and soap replacements, and sink cleaning at 20 minutes. Presto! No more than an hour of deep cleaning and I would be on to bigger and brighter things in my life.

Lastly, and I feel like this is the real secret to learning to love cleaning, would be to find the Zen moment while working. I try to focus on doing an amazing job. So much so, I would get lost in the work. I ended up forgetting about all the other stressful situations that came up while opening a new business. I would just focus on the task infront of me and think of nothing else.

What's the end result? A meticulously clean bathroom and a clear soul.

If you try these things and they don't work I recommend finding a commercial cleaning company that enjoys cleaning and hiring them to clean your business. :)


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