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7 Ways to Make Sweeping Suck Less

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02.04.15

If you’re consistently picking granola bits and lint off your socks, then you’re probably not sweeping enough. But we don’t blame you – sweeping is a pretty big bag of sucks.

Let’s change that.

Here are a few ways to make sweeping suck less:

1. Pump the Jams

First things first, don’t touch that broom until you got a beat goin’. Like anything, sweeping is better with some music.

2. Booze + Broom = Winning

Not a big music fan? Well, as long as you’re of age and not driving anywhere in the near future, I personally don’t think there’s anything wrong with downing a few cocktails while you sweep. Takes the edge all the way off, you know?

3. Retool: The Upright Sweep Step

One of the reasons I hate sweeping is because I have to pick the lint off the edges of my broom every thirty seconds. It’s like the broom version of Chinese water torture. But the cleaning fairies at OXO have solved this problem for all of us! The Good Grips Upright Sweep Set has rubber edges on the dustpan to pick up the dust remnants. Simple and brilliant.  

4. Bling Out Your Broom with Spray Paint

If you don’t want to spring for the OXO Upright Sweep, spicing up your existing, boring broom can make the experience a little less reminiscent of Soviet-era Russia. Plus, it only takes a few minutes to spray paint a broom. All you need to do is . . .

  • Use duct tape and put a thin layer around the edge of your broom bristles
  • Wrap a grocery store bag around the bristles and along the edge of the first layer of duct tape, and affix a new layer of duct tape on top securing the plastic bag.
  • Lay a plastic tarp along the ground outside, stand the broom up on it’s handle so you can keep it upright by holding the bristles.
  • Now you’re ready to spray paint that thing till the sun goes down.
  • Give the broom a few moments to dry and gently lay it down on the tarp. It should be dry in half a day.

5. Think of Sweeping as a Mini-Workout

Cleaning the house burns some serious calories. According to CalorieLab, sweeping burns almost 160 calories per hour (although we think it burns more when you bump some Beyonce, as per tip #1).

6. Give Yourself an Incentive

With these nice new floors, you deserve to make chocolate-covered strawberries. Or better yet, treat yourself to those sassy shoes you’ve been ogling online after a month of consistent sweeping. Who knows, that might even inspire you to sweep the floor daily!

7. Or Just Wiggle On the Ground in Your Bathrobe

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