Experts say if you exercise to music, you feel better and work harder. THE MAIDS cleaning service took that a step further by suggesting cleaning to music.

Experts say if you exercise to music, you feel better and work harder. THE MAIDS cleaning service took that a step further by suggesting cleaning to music.

The company recommends putting an old sock on a broomstick to reach high corner cobwebs while listening to “Up on the Housetop,” and washing and pressing bed linens for overnight guests while crooning along with “I’ll be Home for Christmas.”

(By the way, I’ll put fresh sheets on the beds for stay-over friends, but no way am I ironing them).

Here are other tunes to help you get through holiday tasks. We’ve included a Christmas song and, for the Scrooges, a nonholiday ditty:

Shoveling the walk: “Let it Snow” or “Sixteen Tons.”

Jostling your way to the cash register with rude shoppers: “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” or “May the Bird of Paradise Fly up Your Nose” by Little Jimmy Dickens.

Wrapping gifts on Christmas Eve: “Pretty Paper” or “Help Me Make it Through the Night” by Kris Kristofferson.

Dealing with relatives and children: “I’m Gettin’ Nothin’ for Christmas” or “Cretin Family” by the Ramones.

Walking the dog: “Winter Wonderland” or “I Love My Dog” by Cat Stevens.

Gathering food and toys for the needy: “Happy Xmas” by John Lennon or “Thy Burdens are Greater than Mine” by Hank Williams.

When the credit card bills arrive in January: “Money” by the Rolling Stones or Ray Charles’ “Busted.”

Here’s wishing you and yours a happy Christmas season. Remember to recycle the holiday trappings and keep the spirit of giving alive all year.

Geri Nikolai writes about home and garden for the Register Star. Contact her at 815-987-1337 or gnikolai@rrstar.com.