The kitchen sink is full of dirty dishes, the laundry is piled high, and you can’t remember the last time you dusted.
You aren’t alone. Many women struggle figuring out how to get motivated to clean. Because let’s face it, there are a lot more fun things to do than scrubbing the floor or folding clothes!
But those are essential things that must get done. And unless you have a housekeeper, your family depends on you to do them.
The first 7 years of marriage and motherhood I let the dishes pile up on the kitchen counter all week long. The laundry basket was always full and I even had to resort to wearing dirty clothes some days!
But I decided I didn’t want to live in a constant state of struggle.
I wanted to win this battle and break free from the burden that homemaking had become. So over the past 5 years, I’ve come to understand that there are a few key tips to get motivated to clean.
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How to get motivated to clean:
Break down the overwhelming cleaning tasks.
Whenever you procrastinate cleaning the house, it’s often because you feel overwhelmed with the mess. The answer to tackling an overwhelmingly messy or dirty house is to think about it in small sections rather than the whole mess.
Here’s an example.
Cleaning up after dinner every night can feel overwhelming. I used to procrastinate and leave the mess until the morning. But for the last 5 years, I’ve gone to bed with a clean dining room and kitchen every night!
Instead of focusing on the big picture, I break it down and focus on one area at a time.
- First, I make sure the family clears the dining room table. Cuz Momma ain’t got time to do it all!
- Then I put the leftover food away, and put all the dirty dishes near the sink and dishwasher.
- Next, I load the dishwasher and hand wash any leftover dishes.
- Last, I quickly wipe down the table and countertops and do a quick sweep of the floor.
Focusing on one step at a time makes cleaning feel easier. I know with each step complete, I’m closer to having a clean kitchen.
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If your entire house is a mess, think about how you could break it down into small tasks. Instead of letting the laundry pile up into a gigantic mountain that takes forever to wash, do one load a day.
Do you spend all day on the weekend cleaning the house? Why not break it up into daily cleaning tasks spread throughout the week. You could clean the bathroom on Monday and do your dusting on Tuesday and mop on Wednesday.
That way you are only spending 20 minutes a day cleaning versus hours on one day. When you know that cleaning your house will take hours to do, it’s harder to get motivated to clean.
Visualize your clean house.
Some days no matter how small or big the cleaning task is, you still have a hard time finding the motivation to clean the house. On those days, think about the outcome. What will your space look like after it is clean?
I do this all the time!
Recently, my family had a super busy evening. After dinner, I only had to time to put the food away before we headed out the door. When we got back, the mess from dinner was waiting me, and I really, REALLY didn’t feel like cleaning it up.
So here’s how I got motivated to clean that night. I literally stood in my kitchen and looked around at the mess. However, instead of seeing the mess, I visualized what my kitchen would look like AFTER it was clean.
I love waking up to a clean kitchen each morning. It’s one of the best feelings in the world! I love being able to make breakfast with cleared off countertops and knowing that I’ll have clean dishes to eat off of.
When you are trying to figure out how to get motivated to clean, visualize the clean space.
- Think about how you will feel.
- How you will enjoy being in the space.
- What it will smell like.
Once you know that your efforts will pay off in the end, you will be much more motivated to clean!
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Invest in yourself before you clean.
Whenever you’re feeling especially unmotivated, it’s usually because you haven’t taken care of yourself like you should.
There are two basic self care habits that will give you energy.
First, get enough sleep.
Second, drink enough water.
When you are rested and hydrated, you function much better and are more productive.
As women, we are constantly taking care of everyone and everything around us. I like to use a pitcher of water as an example. Unless you you fill the pitcher up, you can not pour water into the cups.
The same is true for you. If you don’t fill up your own self care pitcher and take care of yourself, you’ll have a very hard time filling up the cups of those around you.
If you have a hard time getting motivated to clean your house, ask yourself if you are making self care a priority.
- Are you taking a shower and getting dressed every day?
- Are you going to bed on time and getting enough sleep?
- Are you drinking enough water to stay hydrated?
- Are you getting movement in each day?
If you struggle with doing any or all of these, grab the Balanced Mom Checklist. It’s free and will help you balance a clean house and being a mom.
When I first became a mom, I would spend half a day watching cat videos on Facebook and catching up on the latest episode of The Middle on TV.
Then at the last minute before my husband would come home, I’d run around picking up the house and trying to figure out what was for supper.
It wasn’t until I started making self care a priority that I stopped procrastinating my housework. You can read more about that in this post – From Suriving to Thriving.
Once you put these three tips into practice, you’ll find the motivation to clean the house on a regular basis. Remember no one just wakes up naturally motivated. It takes time and practice, but you can do it!