Rule number one for cleaning your house is you need to be in the right head space. Many times as a cleaner you get asked the question “How can I motivate myself to start cleaning?”
This is a fabulous question!
Now I am not a psychologist and so I can tell you the deep (maybe dark?) reason why you don’t like cleaning. However, in line with the classic debate of nurture vs nature I was not born to love cleaning. I am going to share with you some of the tips and tricks I use in order to get motivated to clean my own house.
Tip #1: Clean In The Morning
I have read somewhere that if you put the most difficult part (the one you want to do the least) of your day first it will get done faster and drain less of your energy for the rest of the day. The best part of doing it first up is you get to go through the rest of the day with this wonderful feeling of sparkly accomplishment.
Tip #2: Set A Schedule And Keep To It
Things that get scheduled get done. Plain and simple folks! Schedule a 60 minute (or whatever time is needed) block each week to get the job done. I have a friend with 2 kids whose family used to all clean every Friday morning for 30 minutes before work. And that was it – done for the week!
Tip #3: Have All Of Your Cleaning Gear Ready
Have all of your tools and products in one spot. And while we are on the topic make sure you keep this pile of products stocked up. That way you won’t find yourself surprisingly running low on any products you need. Something you might want to consider is a cleaning caddy, like the one featured in the photo above. It is a super addition to your cleaning repertoire.
Tip #4: Create A Routine For Cleaning
A routine is a list of cleaning tasks you need to follow that will help you stay on track to do your work. Think of it as using Google Maps or a GPS except for cleaning: it will help you get to where you need to be in a quick and efficient manner. It is important to do a little research beforehand to pick up any tricks which might be able to save you time when incorporated into your routine.
Tip #5: Get Started
Have you ever noticed how most things in life are so much more difficult BEFORE you actually start them. Cleaning is no different. The task is worse before you actually begin. The biggest failure to cleaning your house is you! Once you have started you will feel a lot more motivated to keep going.
Tip #6: Avoid Distractions
These days we have more distractions than ever. While checking your facebook might only take 10 seconds it mentally takes you away from cleaning just long enough that you have to go through restarting the whole cleaning process in your brain all over again. I read recently it takes 60 seconds to get back on task and refocus once you have turned your attention to a distraction. My suggestion is to turn your phone on silent while you work. This way the job will get done faster. Your notifications won’t go anywhere, they will still be there once you finish cleaning your house.
Tip #7: Crank Out Some Tunes
The seven dwarves had the right idea when it came to working: “Heigh ho, heigh ho it’s off to work we go”. Seriously though whether it is classic rock, jazz or dub step, find a style which keeps you motivated to keep cleaning. It will make the time pass quickly and keep you in a good rhythm.
Tip #8: Clean Regularly But Not To Perfection
This one might seem a little counter-intuitive to those of us who are perfectionists, but it is not like you are preparing for a visit from the Queen. The idea is to clean regularly. That way if you miss something one week you are more than likely to pick it up the following week.
The 60 to 90 minutes you clean each week should be spent getting the most amount of cleaning done without extending the time. So don’t get caught up spending too much time on the one thing. You are aiming for bang for your buck. Frustrating yourself over one small thing can lead to losing interest in the whole process, which is EXACTLY what we want to avoid.
Tip #9: Ask Someone To Help You Clean
I have heard every excuse under the sun “my kids will never help me” or “my husband/wife is too busy”. Maybe this is true or maybe you are just telling yourself this. There is certainly no harm in asking. Remember just having one person help you can cut your cleaning time in half.
If you live by yourself you could even ask a friend if they would like to do a cleaning exchange!
Tip #10: Reward Yourself
All too often we don’t take the time to reward ourselves for a job well done. It might be going out for lunch, watching some TV or having a cocktail in the beautiful living room you have now cleaned…. and then fall asleep on the couch!
The best part of the reward is next week when it comes time to clean again you will remember the reward that followed the chore.
Finally, don’t forget that it has been proven time and again that a clean home actually leads to a happier life. So the process of cleaning is actually the process of building a happier life!