Mandatory: cleaning with music

Happy Labor Day!

I hope all of you are enjoying some (much needed) time off. Out here in my neck of the woods, we’re enjoying some spectacular autumn weather. It’s sunny and breezy and in the high 60s. It doesn’t get much better than that for a day off.

While a certain law student I’m dating is at the library studying, or whatever it is that law students do on the weekends, I’ve been occupying myself at home. I edited some photos, answered some emails, Facebooked, Google Plussed, let the dog out to play in the backyard where he wooed at our neighbors’ dogs, and then I got tired of sitting at the computer and decided I should straighten up a bit.

I grabbed my ‘Pod, attached it to the stereo and cranked up the tunes while I went to work in the kitchen.

This is something that has been an absolute must for me since I was a wee tween. (Well, I wasn’t “wee…”)

I can not do housework without listening to music. It is absolutely impossible. Maybe this is why so many people hummed and whistled back in the day. It really helps keep up one’s motivation. I’m not a fan of doing dishes, vacuuming, or folding clothes, but if there is a fine beat pulsing throughout the house (or my ears, if I’m ear-budding it), it makes it just shy of enjoyable, if mindless work can be considered enjoyable.

There is something to be said for blasting music throughout the house more than just listening on headphones, especially if I’m by myself and it’s not going to bother anyone else. Pro to living in a non-metropolitan city: no one lives above or below me and won’t come knocking on my door because of a high noise level. Win.

So in order to keep my cleaning mojo going, I’m going to go crank up the tunes once more and tackle the virtual mountain of clothing there is to be folded. I know, it’s Labor Day, and I’m working. But at least I’ve got a few weeks’ worth of music ready to accompany me.

Zoe Recommends: listening to music while you clean/do chores/tend to your home. It soothes the weary soul – especially if you’re like me and this lady.


  1. Kevin Schneider says:

    I came home and was listening to Louis Armstrong’s version of La Vie En Rose when I got home and cleaned.

  2. Love your new layout! I need music to pretty much do anything…. this may be why my toddler is well-versed in VH1’s countdown 🙂

  3. I do a lot of body work restoring cars and I couldn’t do it without the tunes.


  5. Me too!! I cannot clean without music blasting. Do you have a favorite genre to clean to? For some strange reason I find myself prefering top40 and dance tunes when I clean

  6. I have a playlist I call ”Housework” and it’s all dance tunes, too.
    Cooking, however, is a Latin music affair. Ahh, slicing onions to ‘Volare’… how can anyone not? 🙂
    You’re followed, Ms. Zoe. You had me at Woolly Bully.

    • You’re so kind! My mom used to sing Woolly Bully around the house so when I grew up, it was immediately downloaded onto the iTunes. Thank you for the follow! I may have to create a Housework playlist….brilliant idea.

  7. I have running music, cleaning music, schlepping around with the kids music. Music does make everything better! Though, when my kids got the Rio soundtrack and played it over and OVER again for four consecutive HOURS, I was ready to reevaluate that particular conclusion.
    Glad to hear you had such an awesome Labour Day!

  8. Hi Zoe,

    Wanted to say thanks for stopping by my blog! I really appreciated your comments on both PW and Rachael Ray! (I was always surprised no one ever commented on that post, especially her fans. I’ve had a few hate posts from Rachael Ray fans before).

    I have my favorite cleaning music too. I stick with the FIOS music channel “Classic Alternative”. In other words, the station for 80’s New Wave-loving dorks. Definitely makes my chores go faster.

    • Rachel, thanks so much for coming by! I had to put your blog on my blogroll, it’s just so well written and I love that you do long, wordy posts. We just signed up for DirecTV and I think I may have to check out some of those music stations on there, in case I ever tire of the same old on my iPod.

      My “dorky” music is Dolly Parton. It’s interesting to be both a diehard fan of Dolly AND Lady Gaga.

  9. I’m the same way! And I prefer play-lists: the cleaning play-list, the napping play-list, the working out play-list. I just came back from a lazy Labor Day vacation in the Poconos, where (while it rained the majority of the time) there was a beautiful breeze coming through the windows and I could comfortably wear hoodies and my favorite boots. But yesterday morning, as we descended the mountain on our journey home, it slowly got warmer and more humid. Blegh.

    Hope you had a great holiday!

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