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How to Get Motivated to Clean the House

Updated on August 2, 2017
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Dylan is a freelance writer specializing in the self-development industry.

There are some messes that are so overwhelming that I want to give up before I even start. Dishes pile up quickly, dust accumulates in an instant, and the floors seem to be a magnet for all kinds of dirt and grime. It can be difficult to get the right kind of energy flowing to tackle these kinds of messes and even if you do tackle them without fear of absolute boredom, it can be difficult to keep your energy levels up while you are going through all of the items on your to-do list. If you’re someone who struggles to find the desire and energy to clean your living space, take a look at some of the tips below that will help you to get motivated.

1. Create a Power Playlist

Nothing motivates like music. I find that even the most mundane tasks can be made exciting if they are accomplished while I am listening to the right song. Look through your music collection for upbeat songs or songs that speak to you and put them onto an MP3 player or burn them onto a disk so that you will have them on hand next time you need to clean. However, make sure that you have a bunch of different collections so you can avoid getting tired of your playlist as well.

2. Turn Cleaning Into a Game

Yes. this is possible. Although you may be thinking that this is a ludicrous statement and I should go hide under a rock for even suggesting this, you can make a game out of your cleaning duties. For example, you can set up a timer every time you go to do an individual task. Press start when you begin the task and then press stop after you complete the task. Record your times on a sheet of paper and make an effort to beat your personal best each time you repeat the task. It may not be the most exciting game but you get the idea.

3. Daydream Your Way Through It

This is going to sound terrible but sometimes the best way to get through something that you don’t want to do is to daze your way through it. Have you ever been in the shower only to find that you have no idea where the time has gone and you question whether or not you have washed yourself? That’s the type of mindlessness that we are trying to get you to achieve when you are tackling a boring task such as cleaning. Keep in mind, however, that you kind of need to know whether or not you did actually clean the floor so it may be helpful to check into reality occasionally.

4. Give Yourself a Treat for Doing Your Chores

It’s not a bad thing to reward yourself every once in a while. If you have recently taken on the challenge of making the entire house spotless, you definitely deserve a reward for your efforts. It doesn’t have to be something expensive or huge but you should do something that you enjoy such as going out to see a movie or going out for lunch. The possibilities are endless and so are your responsibilities.

5. Remind Yourself That Things Don’t Just Happen

Be honest with yourself. The house didn’t become a disaster all on its own. Sure, accidents happen and things get dirty but you have to realize that you have played a role in how your living area is currently looking. Take a second to recognize that if you took a little bit of time to clean each day rather than choosing to ignore messes until they build up into something that not even Mr. Clean would want to handle, you would actually be able to handle your chores and you may even be a little less terrified by the idea of cleaning your house.

Motivation is something that is all in your head. Although certain things can make you feel motivated, the only motivation that can truly happen is caused by you. Get that brain and body into cleaning mode by using the tips above and you will never have a problem with a messy house again.

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      John Brotherton 4 months ago from United Kingdom

      Create a power playlist is a great idea, I sometimes do struggle with motivation to tackle the mount Everest of dishes that need washing, and I guess that having a power playlist already made and ready to go will make it so much easier to get going, and at a stretch somewhat fun!