To Clean or Not To Clean

I love what Usborne books have done for my Shakespearean education (yes, I studied some in high school, but I was lost much of the time.  When I discovered Usborne Books & More, I may or may not have started with the illustrated version! It’s so excellent to know what the plays are about before confronted with the language).

But Shakespeare has me waxing poetic on what should be simple tasks.  For example, instead of “to be or not to be,” I’m often asking myself the following:
“To Clean or Not to Clean – that is the question!”

I would much rather read – it is truly a source of joy for me.
Nike’s “Just Do It” is not motivating me enough beyond my love of reading, to clean.

If you’re a bookworm like me, there’s good news.  I wanted to share a happy place I’ve found balancing my responsibilities with reading.  First, in an effort to change my habits, I wanted to see what triggers I have.  I realized that the cue “time to clean” actually has a reverse reaction in my head and I avoid it by working.

So I’m taking that cue and changing it by adding something I look forward to. I am making cleaning my reward by coupling it with reading.  Now when I hear, “Time to clean” in my head, I also hear, “I can read now!”

Let me explain.  Now when it’s time to clean, I grab my device and queue up a book I’m in the midst of reading.  I hit the speaker and it plays in the room.  I have truly lost track of how much time I’ve cleaned as a result!
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So, I am pleased to share that cleaning and reading no longer have to be in conflict.  The question is now which place to start first.  I look forward to cleaning now, because it means I get to listen to a book WITHOUT guilt.

Like a good recipe, feel free to share if this helped you or if you think it could help someone else.

And Happy Reading,

P. S. Chip and Joanna Gaines’The Magnolia Story is a great place to start as they narrate it!
P. P. S. “To be or not to be” is from Shakespeare’s play, “Hamlet”
P. P. P. S. Read your way through our Shakespearean collection here: Shakespeare selections

Reading Aloud Connects You to Your Kids

Watch this video as I explain why I’m passionate about reading aloud, where I wasn’t before.  As my family grows to have less time in the day, I’ve found reading aloud is the one MUST for us.  I know it sounds impossible, but hit “play” to see why it may just become a staple for you too. It’s way more than checking the block.

Reading aloud is much more than checking the block.