5 Ways to Get Motivated to Clean

Let's face it. Cleaning isn't always something we want to do. Sometimes we have to talk ourselves into our chores. These 5 tricks can help you motivate yourself to clean.
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    How It Helps

    Inviting someone to come over to your home, can be a great motivator to get things clean. Knowing that someone will be showing up at your home can give you a deadline to get things done. Suddenly you begin to look at your home as a guest might, and the undone tasks stand out waiting to be accomplished.

    How It Might Backfire

    If you invite someone to come over and don't give yourself enough time to accomplish the things you need to do, you can end up with an embarrassing situation....MORE Make sure your deadline for yourself is realistic.

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    Try a New Cleaning Product

    How It Helps

    Trying a new product or cleaning gadget can be a lot of fun. Instead of looking at a chore as work, it can seem like an opportunity to discover a new tool that lightens your load. The next time you've got a job you are procrastinating, search for a new product that might help you get it done.

    How It Might Backfire

    Although cleaning gadgets are fun and interesting, make sure you get rid of products or gadgets that don't perform the way you want them to. A cleaning pantry can...MORE quickly be filled with unwanted items that create clutter and prevent the useful tools from being easily accessed.

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    How It Helps

    If you don't want to try an entirely new product, try a new scent. Scent makes a big difference in our mood and attitude. Try a new one and you may find yourself more excited and motivated to accomplish your chores.

    How It Might Backfire

    Watch out that you don't combine too many different scents. Scents can sometimes trigger irritation from guests and family members. Combining too many different kinds increases the chances that someone may react badly to one, or the combination...MORE of several in your home. Change scents slowly to find the right one for your family.

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    How it Helps

    Even if you find only a small space or area to rid of clutter, the feeling of watching unwanted items being removed from your home is invigorating and freeing. Even cleaning out a small area can help you get motivated to tackle bigger projects. Use the 4 container method for projects large and small.

    How It Might Backfire

    Make sure that you limit yourself to a contained area or section of your home at one time. Trying to clear clutter from your entire home in one sitting is liable to...MORE be a big job and leave your home messier than when you began. Start in one room, or section of a room and get it clutter free and put back together before you begin a new project. Your motivation will keep you going, and it will be easier to leave off in the middle of a project and pick it back up later.

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    How It Helps

    Rearranging a room is a great way to create a fresh perspective and motivate yourself to clean and organize. Do a 15 Minute Cleanup in the room before you begin. Rearrange the furniture, rugs, artwork, and decorative items. Changing up a room often gives you more motivation to keep it clean and uncluttered. Seeing the results can often let your cleanliness spill over into other rooms of your home.

    How It Might Backfire

    Don't be fooled. To really get a fresh perspective by...MORE rearranging items, you'll need to do some cleaning. You'll be surprised what moving furniture around can lead you to find. If rearranging seems like too big a job, consider switching out just a few components of the room or even just a bookshelf. You'll be surprised what just a small amount of changes can motivate you to do.