Simple Ways to Get Motivated to Clean: With the stress of our busy lifestyles, jobs, and family responsibilities, even simple daily household chores can get overwhelming. Learn how to motivate yourself to clean even when the mess feels overpowering.
Start small. If you have a whole house to clean, you might shut down thinking of how much you have to do: clean the kitchen, tidy clutter in the living room, change the bedding, start the laundry. Just focus on one thing at a time. Pick one thing to do, get it done, then move on to something else. You’ll see how great it looks when you’re done and have renewed motivation to keep going.
Rock out. Listen to your favorite music while you work. Make sure it’s upbeat to give you energy to get things done.
Picture it clean. Think of how great your house will look and how accomplished you’ll feel when your chores are all done. If you need more visual motivation, take pictures of your house when it’s clean to remind you of how awesome your house can look.
Clean in the morning. Wake up, start the coffee, and get going! The sun is shining, and you’re all ready to seize the day. If you can’t bear the thought of a full day of cleaning, really give it your all until lunchtime, then go do something fun.
Set a schedule—and stick to it. Make your cleaning schedule nonnegotiable. Pretty soon, it will be routine and won’t feel like such a huge chore.
Avoid distractions. You can easily waste an hour or two scrolling through your phone. Skip the distractions, focus on cleaning, and you’ll be done before you know it.
Clean through the week. Spread out your chores though the week. Do a little every night, then take the weekend off from your to-do list. You’ll always have something to look forward to and designated free time.
Reward yourself. Be sure to reward yourself for a job well done! Set a goal like sticking to your cleaning schedule for a month or washing the dishes every night for a week. Once you reach your goal, give yourself incentive to keep going. Get that new yoga mat or outfit you’ve been wanting, or go out to dinner with friends. You deserve it!
Don’t beat yourself up. Even if you don’t get as much done as you’d like, don’t be too hard on yourself. You’ll only make yourself more stressed out about cleaning.
Ask for help. If you live with other people, you shouldn’t have to do all the work—don’t be afraid to ask your family or roommates to help out. Giving kids chores can help prepare them for adulthood, and you can get the job done much quicker and go do something fun if you all pitch in!
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