Your house needs to be cleaned but you have absolutely no motivation to do it. What do you do? How do you get motivated to clean your home?
Since the season of cleaning is here, you’ll probably be doing a lot of it. So I thought I’d share a few tried and true tips to help you get motivated to clean.
9 Simple Ways to Get Motivated to Clean
This may only apply to me, but I need to feed my coffee addiction before I clean. If you’re the same, don’t be afraid to sip a few cups of strong coffee before you start cleaning.
Turn on every light and open the window shades.
Light brightens even the grumpiest of moods! Turn on those lights, pull up the blinds, and open the curtains. It’s amazing how such a simple thing can can give you more motivation and drive.
Pump up the music.
It’s no secret that energy levels can change based on music tempo. Soothing music helps you relax and fast tempo music helps you exercise.
Turn on your favorite tunes from the latter category and clean, clean, clean. You just might get a mini-workout too!
Start with the easy stuff.
You know, the cleaning jobs where machines do most of the work. If you have a washing machine, stick a load of clothes in the laundry. If your dishwasher is full (or almost full), turn it on.
There’s something about hearing the water swish back and forth that makes me feel like I’ve done some work. I guess technically I did…I loaded the clothes and/or dishes, right?
Pick up first.
It’s nearly impossible to clean around junk. Sure, it can be done…just not effectively.
When you have to move a pile, clean, and then move the pile back you are using three times as much energy as you would just cleaning. So make it easy on yourself, and pick up first. Grab a laundry basket, go to one room, fill up the basket with items that don’t belong, and then distribute those items to the correct location. Repeat.
Your house will be neat and tidy. Plus, you’ll be ready to clean.
When you’re finally motivated to clean, get to work.
Grab your supplies and keep them with you.
Stay in one room until you’re done.
Clean top-to-bottom and side-to-side.
Ask for help.
There is nothing that motivates me to clean as much as when my husband starts cleaning first. I can’t have him out work me!! Kidding…kind of.
Seriously, there’s power in teamwork. You clean twice as fast as when you clean alone.
So grab your spouse or kids and clean as a team. Oh, and that brings me to my last tip…
Make it fun!
Cleaning = fun. What?
My kids are at the age where they are actually willing to help. My oldest loves to distribute clothes that I’ve folded in his “train” (it’s really a wagon). My youngest loves to clean glass windows and mirrors.
Sometimes it takes more time than doing it myself, but I try to use this time as an opportunity to spend time together. We chat and work together. We have FUN together.
Plus, I kind of think I’m instilling a little bit of work ethic in them. We’ll see!
When you finish cleaning, take a few mintues to enjoy your clean home. Pat yourself on your back. Thank your family if they helped. Sit back and enjoy some hot tea.
Maybe get a massage. I know…it’s just a dream…but doesn’t a massage gift certificate seem like a great reward to get every time you clean your house 🙂
So tell me. How do YOU get motivated to clean?