I’m a natural messy. There’s no way around it. I do not like the process of cleaning, although I love the results. But with a large family, it’s essential to tame the mess, if not my house would be condemned and my children would be taken from me. I’m not a hoarder, I’m unorganized. But once I set my mind to clean something, it comes out great. I’m telling you, it takes a lot of self-motivation to get me to clean, I become very overwhelmed with the details and “where do I start, what do I do, what’s more important” that I’m exhausted before I even start. Over the years I’ve found some simple yet powerful intentional tools that work for me. Here are 10 ways to motivate yourself to clean your home, especially when you don’t feel like it!
Before we start, do yourself a favor, say “I can do this, I deserve a beautiful and safe home”. Repeat. One more time. Alright, let’s begin.
10 Ways To Motivate Yourself To Clean Your Home (Tips From A Natural Messy Who NEEDS The Motivation)
- Burn sage– Wait, don’t run, I promise not to get weird on you. But seriously, smudging the room you plan on working on (or just yourself) is a great way to start something that already overwhelms you. Get rid of that negative energy my fellow misfit. Not only is smudging used for clearing negative energy, it’s a purifier as well. Here’s a cool reading about how killer germs are obliterated by smudging. Palo santo is another powerful smudging tool you can use as well.
- Get Inspired– I know my fellow misfits have a Pinterest board or a vision board with a ton of beautiful drawings or images of their desired forever homes, upgraded kitchens or even just a Konmari perfect living room or umm drawers. Give yourself permission to go through your favorite images for ONLY five minutes. But promise me you won’t click onto Facebook or Instagram or Snapchat, I’m serious mija. Just allow yourself to raise your vibrations and remind yourself why you need to take care of what you already have. If you want to attract better, you need to take care of what’s already here. Okay, I’ll get a little weird. The universe has your back (totally just took that saying from Gabby Bearenstein hehe).
- Create a prioritized cleaning list– Tame the squirrel, this is not a time to write out your meal plan or goals for life. There is a time and a place for everything, pero mija, this is not it. I learned from Dave Ramsey’s Entreleadership book about adding a little steak sauce to your day, here’s a breakdown on how to create a prioritized checklist.
- Put on an inspirational podcast to ebook to listen to– My favorites are Dave Ramsey, Feed Your Hustle, Parenting Great Kids, and I should create a separate post for the rest haha. Oh and ZIG ZIGLAR! His audio books are life changing. Go to your local library, get some to keep in your car (remember to renew frequently).
- Set A Timer– When you’re overwhelmed, you can’t always see the end in sight. And some tasks aren’t’ done in a day. Have a gigantic mountain of laundry to wash and fold…and put away? Give yourself grace, and set that timer. You know yourself better than anyone. Should you start in small chunks and set your timer for only 15 minutes? 15 minutes on 5-10 minutes off? You’d be surprised at what you can accomplish in 15 minutes! But this is something I keep redoing. Either 15 minutes on a timer or finish a podcast, then I go check on the kids and help them with whatever they need really quick before going back. Continue this until tasks on your checklist marked as A are complete (check out link in #3 for reference).
- Find your tribe– You need an accountability partner for success. Whether it’s to go further in your business, overcoming addiction, or weight-loss. Why is homemaking any different? I mean, if you’re naturally motivated and a very clean person, you’re probably not reading this. But if you too are like me and the many other homemakers across America struggling to find balance and motivation, you will benefit from having an accountability partner. Having someone there who can help motivate yourself to clean your home is priceless. I have a friend who I send photos or yikes, videos to with a caption that says “help me”. She laughs, and gets on my butt to start, she wants a periodic updated photo or video. If you currently don’t have that friend, Facebook is an amazing tool and there are some amazing groups on there where the sole purpose is for encouragement of cleaning. One group that I’m apart of is called, Get Busy Sister. I love that they have games (we select a time and a goal of something to accomplish) and we then post a photo (or not, up to you) and when it’s time to go, you know you are not alone, someone somewhere is on the same mission as you. That my friend is motivating.
- Take a Photo– To play off of number 6, taking a photo of your mess is a great way to back off of the emotions. Seeing something on a phone or camera helps you step away from the reality, it desensitizes you. I hope I’m making sense. Just take a picture, look at the picture, what sticks out to you? Start there. 🙂 Then take another picture when you finish and see the before and after. Nice eh?
- Reward Yourself– Be realistic. Don’t go into debt or add more junk to your house because you finished the laundry and all of a sudden you decide you need more clothing. Perhaps going for a walk or reading a guilty pleasure book (Kelly Armstrong anyone?) After finishing your tasks you prioritized for the day is in order. It’s the simple things, maybe an episode of The Fosters or a few Hershey Kisses is a realistic reward. Just something you know you can look forward to having once you complete something.
- Delegate Tasks and Race Each Other– We personally don’t “race”, well, my older daughters like to. But usually, when you rush around doing things, it’s half…. yeah. Or like my mother always said “el vago pasa doble trabajo”, which means the lazy has twice the work. If you have kids, hand off some chores and incentives. There’s no reason you should be stuck doing it ALL. My two year old last night impressed me, he cleaned up all the toys and even some miscellaneous items he put into a corner lol. All while I watched and sang “clean up, clean up, everybody everywhere” (ps you’re welcome, now that song is stuck in your mind).
- Awaken Your Senses– Visually, you’re currently everywhere. And if you’re following along, you’re listening to something too, and your hands are feeling a ton of things. What about your other senses? Ask yourself what you’d like to “feel”. What kind of atmosphere are you trying to create? Perhaps lighting a candle that smells like cinnamon would be great on a Fall morning, or maybe a Linen candle would be great on a Summer afternoon. You know what scent will capture and motivate you. Perhaps some great green tea or water infused with fruit is the perk you need.
Whew, if you stuck through all 10 ways to motivate yourself to clean your home tips, please leave a comment below with your thoughts or new ideas. Take care my fellow misfits and go clean your home!