Feeling overwhelmed and unmotivated when it comes to housework? Know it’s past time to get started on your housekeeping tasks but you just can’t seem to motivate yourself to get anything done? It’s time to say goodbye to the struggle with these 12 effective ways to motivate yourself to clean your home.
We all find ourselves unmotivated when it comes to housekeeping at times in our life. Whether we’ve been depressed or sick, been busy or just away on vacation, there comes a time when we realize our house is a mess and we must push ourselves to get it clean. So, the next time you find yourself in a fix feeling lazy and unmotivated, remember and use these 12 effective ways to motivate yourself to clean your home.
GIVE YOURSELF A PEP TALK
Start out by giving yourself a little pep talk. Remind yourself of why it’s important to take care of your home and think of how much better you’ll feel after it’s cleaned. I like to remind myself that not everyone has a home to live in and care for which makes me realize that cleaning my house is actually a privilege and not a chore.
LET THE SUNSHINE IN
Sunshine is a big mood lifter, so sometimes all you need is a little sunlight to get you motivated. Open the blinds and curtains and let the sunshine flood in. It’s almost guaranteed that it will give you that extra push you need to get moving!
GET YOUR GROOVE ON
If the sunshine doesn’t perk you up, good tunes will! Pump up the volume to your favorite upbeat tunes that will get your body moving and grooving as you start your cleaning tasks.
FLIP THROUGH HOME DECOR MAGAZINES
If I get into a cleaning rut, I like to pick up a home decor magazine like House Beautiful or Southern Living. Looking at the beautiful pictures of homes in the magazines really motivates me to straighten up my act and get to work!
ESTABLISH A REWARDS PROGRAM
Credit cards and airlines have rewards programs, so why shouldn’t you? Think of something you’ve been wanting or have been wanting to do, and use it as an incentive to get your housework done. Enjoy that cookie, latte or trip to the mall afterwards knowing you’ve earned it with your hard work!
GATHER THE TROOPS
When it’s hard to do it alone, it’s time to recruit some help. There’s power in numbers, so the more the merrier! Assign tasks to your spouse, children, other family members and maybe friends if you’re lucky. You’ll get more accomplished in less time, and you can even celebrate together afterwards!
MAKE A LIST AND CHECK IT TWICE
There’s something about a list that gets me motivated to get things done. I enjoy checking the boxes off and seeing how much I’ve done. The sense of accomplish I receive gives me the momentum I need to get everything checked off my list. My favorite part? Throwing the list in the trash when I’m done!!
SAVE THE DATE
Sometimes it helps to go ahead and save the date, so schedule the days in advance when you will complete your cleaning tasks. You can also take it one step further to create a routine cleaning schedule and you may not even need this list anymore!
CHOOSE THE RIGHT TIME OF DAY
Plan to work during your most productive time of day. If you’re an early bird, morning is best. Night owls should choose to work during the evening. Find out what time of day you work best and be sure to schedule your cleaning during that time period.
CREATE A CLEANING KIT
There’s nothing worse than finally getting motivated to clean than finding out you don’t have the supplies you need to get the job done. Get prepared in advance by creating a cleaning kit with all the supplies you’ll need….broom, sponges, brushes, mop, cleaning solutions, gloves, etc. If you think you’ll need it, get it so you’ll have it on hand when you do. Having the right tools you need can make housework a lot less daunting, especially if they make the job easier.
DIRTY JOBS FIRST
I used to do all the easiest jobs first, but over time I’ve determined that getting the dreaded tasks completed first makes the rest of my cleaning smooth sailing downhill. What do you hate doing the worst? Do it first and get it over with already!
PLAN A DINNER PARTY
When all else fails and you can’t get motivated no matter what you try, invite friends or family over for dinner. Trust me, it works! When you realize you’re having company over in 3 hours, you’ll not only be suddenly motivated to clean, but you’ll clean faster than you even thought possible!!