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Have fun cleaning up

Who says cleaning has to be boring? If you’ve just had a large party, are making room for a new wardrobe or simply doing house chores, there are plenty of ways to turn an otherwise mundane task into a fun activity.

In fact, lifestyle bloggers Jessie Jane of LilyShop, Kelly Lee of Kelly Golightly and Jennifer Brandt of Perfectly Disheveled learned firsthand how to make cleanups more fun when surprise “Trash Crashers” from Glad were sent to clean up their parties.

The bloggers have these tips to make cleanup more fun:

Host a clothing swap. Designate areas in your house for certain items, such as shoes, accessories and jackets. When all the clothing has been sorted, swapped and shopped, you can bag up the remaining items to donate or take to a resale store. Afterwards, all of your belongings will be organized and easy to find.

Keep cleanup easy. Don’t let extra party food go to waste. Instead, send your guests home with leftovers in food storage containers, such as Glad MatchWare. They’ll appreciate the snack and you’ll appreciate that nothing will go to waste. Plus, this means less cleanup work for you.

Make it a competition. Have each person in your family grab a trash bag when you’re cleaning up after a party or another messy occasion. Set a timer so you can see who has collected the most trash after 5 to 10 minutes. If you’re playing with little ones, you can even have a little candy treat for the winners.

Work it out. Cleaning is a great way to burn calories. Put on your favorite tunes and you’ve got a great opportunity to work in some cardio. You can lunge around the room, run or skip – anything to get your heart pumping. Plus, lifting full heavy-duty trash bags is excellent for toning your legs and arms.

– Family Features

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