Welcome to Your No-Sweat Guide to Spring Cleaning, a month-long series that puts the fun (yep, for real!) back into cleaning. We’re talking spruce-ups that take less than five minutes, why-didn’t-I-think-of-that hacks, and hands-off cleaning tasks that basically…do themselves—plus our trustiest tools and helpers. The goal: clean less, go outside more.
My husband and I met in college, where every room was the messiest room, so it makes sense that it wasn’t until years later, after we graduated, after we moved in together, that we discovered one of our deepest compatibilities: a shared love of cleaning.
Of course, sweeping and mopping and spraying and dusting, these tasks aren’t fun in themselves. But one of Justin’s superpowers is making everything fun, even getting stuck in traffic, and I get to tag along for the ride. So we divvy up the tasks and turn on music. Loud music. Happy music. Dancing on the stairs while you sweep them music.
Music is a mood booster, sure, but it’s also a timer. Spend one song reorganizing the fridge, then switch to the stovetop when the next song starts. It’s eye-widening how much you can accomplish in just a few minutes.
Turns out, a lot of my coworkers also dance while they clean (or clean while they dance?). So, I asked our editors what music they listen to while sprucing things up at home. Head here or click below to groove with us (just be careful on those wet floors!). And let me know in the comments what songs are on your house-chores playlist.
Emma is the food editor at Food52. Before this, she worked a lot of odd jobs, all at the same time. Think: stir-frying noodles on the fly, baking dozens of pastries at 3 a.m., and writing about the history of pie in North Carolina. Now she lives in New Jersey with her husband and their cat, Butter. Stay tuned every Tuesday for Emma's award-winning column, Big Little Recipes (also the cookbook in October 2021!). And see what she's up to on Instagram at @emmalaperruque.