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How To Get Motivated to Clean (When You’re Overwhelmed by Mess!) – 16 Tips

Are you feeling unmotivated to clean and completely overwhelmed by mess? I get it! We’ve all been there. It’s impossible to relax when you are surrounded by mess and clutter. However, every time you think about it, your motivation to clean immensely depreciates. You find yourself thinking “I’ll start tomorrow” or “I just don’t feel like cleaning today”.

The days turn into weeks and pretty soon you are left with an untidy home that makes you unhappy. This is not good for your mental health! So, how can we motivate ourselves?

dirty dishes and cleaning supplies

Motivating yourself to complete any task can be difficult. This is especially true when it comes to housework and keeping a tidy home. Usually, when we think of doing chores, we think of it as a task. As in something that has to get done so you can move onto the enjoyable things in life, like watching Netflix or hanging out with friends. This is exactly why house work becomes such a hassle when trying to motivate yourself.

There are a few things that can help motivate us to get cleaning and stay on top of things around the house. These 16 tips will help motivate you to keep your space spotless, even when you feel completely overwhelmed!

Tip 1: Set realistic goals.

Don’t try to clean your entire house in one day. Start with a specific room or task and work from there. Breaking the job down into smaller chunks will make it feel less daunting, and you’ll be more likely to stick to it. Setting these realistic goals will help you maintain your motivation. You can even write your goals down and put them somewhere you’ll see them every day. Start small to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Not everyone has the same amount of free time each day, so it is important to take that into consideration when creating a schedule or agenda of what needs to be done while cleaning. It is also important to make a list of chores that need to be completed while cleaning or setting goals for yourself.

Tip 2: Play some music or an audio book to keep you company.

Who said cleaning had to be lonely? Listening to upbeat, positive music can really motivate us and get us moving. If that’s not for you, try listening to a motivational speaker on tape while doing chores like mopping the floors or cleaning windows. Ted Talks are a great option. Listening to music while cleaning is a good way to kill time and improve your mood at the same time! If you need suggestions for what music to listen to while cleaning, check out a cleaning playlist on Spotify or YouTube.

Tip 3: Clean with the kids.

Cleaning is a great way to bond with kids. If you have children, try involving them in any tasks that they can handle. You’ll be teaching your child valuable skills while having fun together as a family. Who knows? They might even enjoy it too.

Tip 4: Start by decluttering.

If you’re lacking motivation to clean, start by decluttering your home. When you have a cluttered home, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and not know where to start. Start by getting rid of unnecessary things and organizing the rest. Soon enough, you’ll find that cleaning is much easier when your space is more organized. Decluttering is a great way to motivate yourself. Not sure where to start? Tackle the closets! Get rid of any clothes you haven’t worn in over a year. You’ll be amazed at how quickly the donation bags accumulate.

Clean living room with boho decor

Tip 5: Make a list of reasons.

Make a list of all the reasons you need a clean home. It can be anything from simply wanting to have a clean home, to wanting to get rid of allergens. Maybe you have family coming over in the upcoming days. When you have a tangible goal in mind, along with reasons, it’s easier to stay motivated. Writing out your goals and looking at them every day will help you stay on track to get your home clean and organized.

Tip 6: Create a cleaning routine and stick to it.

Having a set routine makes it much easier to get into the habit of cleaning. Start by picking a day of the week to do specific tasks and then gradually add more tasks as you get used to it. You can print your routine and place it on the fridge where you will see it. Or, create a “cleaning binder” to keep track of tasks and responsibilities.

Tip 7: Get your family and friends involved.

Cleaning can be a lot more fun when you have someone to help you out. Delegate certain tasks to each person and make cleaning a team effort. Get everyone in the house involved in keeping things tidy. Kids can help make their own beds and put their toys away. Assign each person specific chores that need to be done on a regular basis. Make sure everyone gets rewarded for a job well done. You can even make cleaning into a game or competition to keep things interesting.

Tip 8: Keep it fun!

Cleaning can be a tedious task that many people dread. In reality, there are steps that can be taken to make cleaning fun for the whole family. An easy trick is to add some music and dancing to your chores. Listening to lively songs while you clean will add a little spirit into your work – plus it helps pass the time!

Additionally, the whole family can join in on the clean-up. Making it a group event will help everyone stay motivated and excited to do chores. Not only that, but everyone can pitch in some ideas for how to make cleaning fun!

Tip 9: Keep the tasks interesting.

Keep cleaning interesting by trying new things and experimenting with various cleaning products. Try out recipes for homemade cleaners or find some cool gadgets that help get the job done faster. Use cleaning products with scents that you enjoy. Treat yourself to a new vacuum that will make the job a bit easier. This will help keep things fun and make the time fly by.

Tip 10: Find some cleaning inspiration

Take a look at some organized and clutter-free spaces for ideas on how to declutter your own home. Seeing other beautiful, clean spaces can give you the motivation you need. If you’re looking for cleaning inspiration, check out Pinterest. There are lots of great ideas that will inspire you.

Here are some Pinterest boards that may help inspire you to clean and organize:

Balancing Beauty and Bedlam

Love & Renovations

A Mess Free Life

Savings Mania Cleaning

Motivation and inspiration go hand in hand when it comes to keeping a clean and organized home. While some people may be naturally motivated to clean and maintain their home, others may require more of a push. For example, you could place Post-It notes throughout your bedroom with positive messages to motivate you to clean your room. Post the messages on mirrors, cabinets and other places that you frequently see while cleaning or getting ready in the morning. You could write things like, “Keep calm and clean on”. Whatever message you want to convey, encouragement is the key.

Tip 11: Reward yourself for cleaning.

After you’ve finished a big project, take the time to do something pleasurable. This could be watching a movie to relax, taking a long bath, or going out to eat with friends. Rewarding yourself after cleaning can help to motivate you more. This will help keep your head in the game while you are cleaning.

Reward yourself with something nice after finishing up an hour of straight housecleaning. Perhaps go for a walk or enjoy some time alone to recharge. These actions will give your mind some downtime after being tired from all of the housework. This is an excellent way to make time for yourself while staying active.

Clean kitchen with pot and knife set

Tip 12: Don’t get distracted.

It’s so easy to get distracted and go off task when you’re cleaning. So, try your best not to do anything else while you clean. You won’t be able to complete a project if you keep getting interrupted by other activities! Put the phone away, turn off the TV, and don’t answer emails or text messages.

You’ll be pleased with how much more quickly you can complete a project when you aren’t distracted. There are many apps you can use to “lock” your phone while you are trying to be productive. This may be useful if you are easily distracted.

Tip 13: Don’t rush when cleaning.

It’s easy to get frustrated and rush through a project when you don’t have enough time. But, rushing can make it take an even longer time to complete. Try your best not to rush, especially if you’re cleaning something important, like the bathroom or kitchen. Slow down and move at a steady pace so that nothing gets missed.

Tip 14: Use the power of visualization.

Visualize your clean home in your mind before you even start cleaning. Imagine how great it will feel to walk into a clean and organized space. This visualization can help give you a motivational boost.

I like the idea of having an image of doing something rewarding after accomplishing a task. I imagine a green light of motivation going on and off as I accomplish things. I also imagine myself doing something rewarding, such as watching a movie or hanging out with friends after I get the task done.

Tip 15: Redecorate your space.

One way to get motivated to clean is by giving yourself a fresh start. Redecorate your home in a style that makes you happy and inspires you to keep things tidy. This will help create the right mood for cleaning. Cleaning can be more fun when you’re surrounded by things that make you happy!

Tip 16: Take frequent breaks.

It is important to take breaks when you are cleaning to refresh. Cleaning for long periods of time without taking a well-needed break can cause strain on the body and mind. Take 15-minute breaks every hour while cleaning. This allows your mind and body some time to relax. This will also help you to not become fatigued while cleaning.

It is important to have some downtime during the day for yourself. Though it may seem counterintuitive, having some down time every day actually provides an opportunity for your mind to rest and recover. Relaxing for 15 minutes every hour will help you to feel less fatigued as cleaning time comes around.

Why is it important to keep a clean home?

Keeping a clean home is good for your physical and mental health. By keeping things tidy, you waste less time looking for missing items. Dusting and vacuuming regularly keeps your space free from allergens. The home should be a place you want to spend time.

It is crucial for a clean home that you have a clean living space. It reflects how much effort you put into your life and sets an example for those around you. It shows the world that no matter what life throws at you, there’s nothing to be stressed about because your living space is clean, organized, and ready to be enjoyed. It makes life easier when there is less to worry about, and your personal hygiene improves by not having to worry about dust or stains on clothes.

You have the power to motivate yourself into doing house work if you truly want to take care of your home and enjoy the benefits that come with it. You must understand why you are keeping it clean. It is not just for you, you are doing it for the people that will enter after you have kept your space clean. Hopefully, these tips will help motivate you when you’re feeling overwhelmed by mess!