How to get motivated to clean your house and keep it clean!

How to get motivated to clean your house and keep it clean!

Kitchen sink and rubber glovesYou may find it hard to get yourself motivated to clean your house and to even keep it clean. We all go through many of the same challenges that come along with house cleaning. Sometimes there is not enough time in the day to clean or we just lack the motivation to get the job done. Many times it’s hard to get motivated to clean when you are overwhelmed by a mess.

These helpful tips and tricks will help you get motivated and keep your home clean.

I really can’t get started cleaning, what should I do?

In today’s age, there are so many distractions and some tasks to get done each day, that you may be finding it very hard to get started with your household chores. You have to really get yourself in the right frame of mind and get rid of distractions. Think of it this way, if you don’t make changes, nothing will ever change. You just have to set your mind to it and be determined to clean. If you can not will yourself to do it, reading an how to clean article won’t help you at all. The fact that you found this article and are reading is proof that you want to get motivated. So, my advice to you is this take action now.

Set a date to clean, what you will be cleaning that day and be determined to do it. Don’t allow yourself to make excuses. Just do it. Once you start, you will find that it was so easy and that putting it off was just hindering you from having a happy, clean home.

I clean & clean, but everyone always messes it up, what do I do?

First of all, you have to come to the realization that cleaning will always be a daily or weekly chore depending on how you schedule it. Having to clean is something that is not going to go away, so take a deep breathe and continue your cleaning routines.

Secondly, if no one is helping you, then you need to change that. If you do everything for everyone you are hindering the people who love with you from taking action in their lives and you are hindering yourself from achieving the goals of an organized house. Make people in your house accountable. This may start with rules and chores.

For example:

  • Rule One: Everyone needs to put their dirty dishes in the sink and rinse them when they are down eating.
  • Rule Two: Take your shoes off when you come inside
  • Rule Three: If you noticed the rubbish bin is full, you have to take it out.

Below is a list of several other helpful tips that will get you motivated to clean:

Start Your Day Off By Cleaning

Mark Twain once said that if the first thing you do in the morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the rest of your day knowing that the worse thing is behind you. In his quote, the frog represents the worse task that you have to do that day. If you do your most difficult or hated job first, it will then be out of the way and you can go about the rest of your day knowing the worst is behind you.

So, if cleaning is something you dread, get it done first thing. The rest of your day will end up being enjoyable and you will feel a sense of accomplishment.

Get Yourself Into The Right Frame Of Mind

 It is so hard to clean when your head is not in the game. If you have a lot on your mind, you will definitely find cleaning to be a challenge. Take a few moments to clear your head and prepare yourself for the tasks at hand. Sometimes, just changing our clothes to something you would wear while cleaning and getting out the rubber gloves will get you in the right mood. This is exactly why your job may have a work dress code or uniforms.

Changing into such clothes tells your subconsciousness that you are getting ready to work. Once you are in the right mindset, cleaning will be a breeze.

Set A Schedule And Cleaning Routine

I find it, that nothing gets done unless I put it on my calendar. With that being said if you schedule cleaning into your calendar, more than likely you will actually do it. It doesn’t have to be a huge time block either. However, you should be able to at least schedule an hour to 90 minutes a week that is dedicated to just cleaning.

Once you have done that you need to develop a ritual or routine on how you clean. Such as, which rooms do you start in and which rooms you will finish in. Once you have a schedule and a routine down pat, cleaning won’t seem like such a daunting task anymore. The key is to stick to the schedule.

Prepare Your Cleaning Supplies Ahead Of Time

Before you start your weekly cleaning tasks, be sure that all of your cleaning supplies are prepared, easy to get to and well stocked. This will cut down time looking for your paper towels or surface cleaner. Also, it’s a great idea to invest in a cleaning caddy that you can bring with you from room to room. This will help make sure to keep you focussed and motivated as you clean, as well as, save you from unnecessary trips to your cleaning closet.

Turn Off Your Phone And Avoid Distractions

Typically the hardest part of cleaning is just getting started. However, the second hardest part of cleaning is staying on task. Life is so full of distractions, especially with smartphones and the internet at our fingertips. It only tasks seconds to respond to a task or an email, but those seconds can turn into hours if you let it.

The best way to avoid distractions is to just turn off your devices and focus on the task at hand. The quicker you get the job done, the faster you can get back to scrolling through social media. Motivation is key here.

Don’t Be A Perfectionist

When you clean, don’t sit and fret over all the details. The job will get done faster if you make a decision and go with it. You’re not cleaning for the royalty, so relax. Make it as clean as you like without cleaning yourself over it.

Set The Mood

 Cleaning is work, but it can also be fun. Turn on your music, dance with your broom and enjoy yourself as you clean. Music is a great way to help you stay motivated while you are sorting through the mess. So, go ahead, blast your favourite song as your wash and dry your dishes. You will be happy you did.

Get Family Members Or Roommates To Help

A clean house does not have to be just your responsibility. Everyone in your house should be willing to put in the work to keep it clean. Set a family cleaning day each week or schedule everyone certain tasks to complete that week. If you take some of the load off of you, it will be easier for you to keep up with the work. Besides, the family that cleans together, stays together.

Reward Yourself And Give Yourself Positive Affirmations

Cleaning is hard work. If you remind yourself with positive reasons on why you clean and you pat yourself on the back for a job well done, you will be more than likely motivated to clean next time. I know it sounds weird, but the more positive you stay, the less it will seem like a chore. So use positive affirmations and small rewards such as now you get an hour to yourself on your tablet. Believe me, it works.

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, nobody likes to clean. It is something we all must do to keep ourselves happy and to even relieve stress. If you set up a strong routine and set the mood cleaning your home won’t be so bad. You just have to take an active part in getting yourself motivated. Stop being overwhelmed by the mess and just get it done.

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