Cleaning your house can feel like a daunting task, especially when you’re feeling overwhelmed by homemaking tasks. Here are a few tips on how to feel motivated to clean your house. Feeling some motivation will have you making huge progress on getting your home clean!
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How to feel motivated to clean
I don’t know about you, but there are some days where I just can NOT muster up the motivation to clean my house. You know the feeling – when your home is a disaster and you’re standing in the middle of it all feeling completely overwhelmed?
Trust me, I’ve been there. But luckily, I’ve also figured out a few ways to get myself motivated and actually get the job done. If you’re looking for ways to feel more motivated to clean your house, read on for my five top tips!
Find some motivational thoughts
When we are looking for motivation for anything, the first thing we need to realize is that motivation is a feeling. It is not some elusive state of mind that you have to achieve. It is generated from your thoughts. (We do lots of deep work on thought work for moms in my free Facebook community.) Here are some examples of thoughts that might help you:
- I love it when my house is clean and inviting.
- I am getting better at keeping my house clean.
- I am developing routines that will keep my house ready for company.
- I love it when my house feels like a sanctuary.
Focus on Small Areas of your home
Instead of focusing on the whole house, remove the overwhelm by focusing on one small area at a time. Take one room and break it down. In the kitchen for instance, you might list each drawer and each cabinet as a separate task. Then the table, counters and floors.
Set a timer for 15 minutes and see how much you can get done in that short amount of time – you may be surprised at how much you can accomplish! By committing to small bursts of productivity and setting a timer for 15 minutes, you can make important progress in a surprisingly short amount of time.
Chances are, once you get started and begin taking small steps towards tidying up your space, you’ll quickly begin building on that momentum and feel much more excited about continuing the task at hand.
List Each Individual Cleaning Task by Room
Making a list and breaking it down into manageable tasks can be one of the best ways to get motivated for cleaning your house, especially when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Breaking it down into smaller tasks is great for keeping your motivation up, since it’s easier to tackle fifteen minute tasks than it is to think about an entire day’s worth of work.
Schedule Each Task
When you have the tasks broken down into small pieces, ideally 15-30 minute tasks that will easily fit into a time blocking cleaning schedule, then you should add each specific task to your schedule.
Reward Yourself After Each Task
Give yourself a reward for completing each task – maybe a cup of coffee or tea, or 10 minutes of reading your favorite book. Taking a self-care break after completing each task is a great way to stay motivated as you clean your house.
Whether it’s a cup of coffee or tea, ten minutes reading your favorite book, or something else that brings you joy, rewarding yourself for the tasks you’ve accomplished can go a long way toward making cleaning more manageable. Give yourself the gift of knowing that each chore you complete – no matter how small – is worthy of celebration and self care!
Use Upbeat Music
The next time you need a motivation boost to clean your house, put on some upbeat music. Uplifting music can instantly lift your mood and put you in the cleaning zone! Put it on loud and start with the task that requires the most effort – make sure you do this first, as once it’s done it’s easier to keep going.
Breaking the job into smaller tasks and focusing on those while jamming out makes the whole process feel more manageable. And before you know it, your space will be looking spic and span!
Know Why You want a Clean House
Imagine being able to relax in your clean living room or take a deep breath in your freshly made bed. When it comes to feeling motivated to clean your house, know your why. Visualize the end goal in mind and how satisfying it will feel when you can finally relax in a space that is fresh and clean.
Imagine taking a deep breath as you enter into your bedroom and your bed has been freshly made with crisp sheets – what an invigorating feeling! Think about how relieved you will be when the kitchen is free of clutter and there isn’t a speck of dust or fingerprint smudges on the surfaces in the living room. Allow yourself to take pleasure from these positive visualizations, as this is the best way to initiate action towards a cleaner home.
It can be hard to must motivate yourself to keep your house clean, but by following these five simple steps you’ll find it much easier and getting your cleaning done will make you feel a satisfying sense of accomplishment. Taking small steps like setting a timer for fifteen minutes or giving yourself a reward for each task accomplished will help keep you motivated and focused on the task at hand. Invest in some good music to get yourself in a cleaning mood and remember to visualize how nice it will feel when all your chores are completed. Most importantly, don’t forget to download the free printable minimum baseline cleaning checklist so that you can always have a guide and be able to take advantage of spur-of-the-moment motivation. Cleaning may seem daunting but if you break it down into smaller steps, before you know it your house will be in tip top shape – ready for visitors or just cozy relaxation time spent with loved ones!