I blog about homemaking and cleaning so surely I enjoy cleaning and I’m a naturally neat person, right? Actually I’m naturally pretty messy and cleaning isn’t my favorite thing to do. It’s not that I don’t prefer a clean home, I’m just great at procrastinating and easily distracted.
Staying motivated to clean can be a struggle, especially when you are really busy. Lately I have struggled because we moved in to our new home last month and still aren’t totally settled. We are waiting for some furniture to come in, including our dressers. This means there are still a few boxes around, our clothes are currently in laundry baskets, electronics are on the floor of the living room waiting for a home, and it’s just a bit cluttered.
When your clothes are staying in laundry baskets anyway it’s really easy to just throw the clean ones on top instead of folding them. It also means laundry is more of a chore because all of my laundry baskets are being used for storage.
We will all have times like this where we need extra motivation to clean. Over my years of having to overcome my procrastination and lack of self motivation when it comes to cleaning, I’ve come up with some tricks to keep motivated.
Get Motivated to Clean!
- Turn on some music. Upbeat music can really help energize you. Find something you like to sing or dance to and let yourself get really into it. Focusing on the music makes the cleaning go faster. Amazon Prime Music is a great way to keep finding new music and fun playlists.
- Listen to an audiobook or podcast. If you get bored while cleaning this can really help. Lately I’ve been listening to vintage radio shows while cleaning. Right now I’m listening to My Favorite Husband, it’s from the late 40’s and features Lucille Ball. I also love using Audible, I don’t have as much time as I’d like to read so this is a great way to kill two birds with one stone. You can get two free books from Audible with a free 30-day trial, that’s how I got my first books.
- Invite someone over. This is the trick that will motivate me the most. No one wants guests over when their home is a disaster. When I know someone is coming over I want to clean everything. It’s amazing how much faster I work when I have this deadline.
- Use scent. Using products that smell good, having a diffuser going, or lighting some candles can help my your nose think your home is clean and can actually be really motivating to get the job done. Citrus scents are what smell clean to me so I like to diffuse them while cleaning and add some citrus essential oils to my DIY cleaners.
- Use a Timer. I like to set a timer for around 30 minutes and clean as much as I can in that amount of time. Then I will let myself do something I enjoy for about 10 minutes. Often it’s watch a YouTube video, play around on Pinterest, or lately I’ll work on a puzzle.
- Reward yourself. I like to have a cup of tea and a little treat after cleaning. Find something that you enjoy and helps motivate you to get the job done. Knowing I have that cup of tea and treat waiting for me makes me want to hurry and get it all done.
Motivation is wonderful but also work on finding a schedule that works for you. Some people work better cleaning all on one day, I do better having different tasks each day. Find what works best for you, it may take trial and error. There is no one right way to clean!
And don’t do it alone. Unless you live alone you aren’t the only one making the mess. Make sure your family pitches in. How much depends on the family member and what works for you. I’m a full time homemaker and my husband works full time so I do most of the house work. He does however help with tasks around the home.
We divide tasks based on skills and preferences. My husband will be the first to admit that detail cleaning is not a skill he has so you won’t find him vacuuming the edges of the room and removing everything to dust. This is a skill I do have so I do the deep cleaning. I also have quirks when it comes to cleaning the kitchen so that remains my job. He is great at yard work though so most of the yard work is his job. He also doesn’t mind vacuuming and that’s something I don’t really like and we do a lot since we have a dog. I do a weekly vacuum but the extra vacuuming during the week is something he helps with.
It will look different for every family but play to each other’s strengths when deciding how to spilt jobs. Also take into account responsibilities outside of the home. Cleaning is hard enough without resentment so be sure all parties know what is expected of them. We aren’t mind readers after all!
What helps motivate you? How do you spilt the workload in your family? Share in the comments, I love hearing from you!