Getting motivated to clean up the house can be a struggle, especially if you’ve let things slip a little or you’ve been simply too busy with other aspects of life to tackle the housework.
I’ve got several strategies I use to motivate myself to get housework done, because I do love a clean and tidy house, even though I can’t always be bothered to do it, I know I’ll feel so much better once it’s clean and tidy.
Getting motivated to do the housework – coffee and make a list
No point running about all over the place, half-heartedly starting jobs and then moving on to something else. So the first thing I do is make a cup of coffee, sit down at the table (not on the sofa… or I might get too comfy) and write a list of absolute essentials I want to tackle.
Getting motivated to do the housework – fresh air and music
I always work faster and feel better if the windows are wide open and there’s loads of fresh air blustering in and I clean to music. Music really lifts my mood and helps me work faster, more enthusiastically and to dance as I do – so I BURN MORE CALORIES and that’s got to be a good thing. Clean house and it counts as exercise. You can find out here exactly how many calories different housework chores burn.
Getting motivated to do the housework – timers and treats
Setting a timer is a great way to make housework more manageable, if I know I’m only doing housework for a set period of time not only do I work faster but I’m happier as it’s not going to drag on and at least I’ll be tackling the jobs. I always add treats into the mix – so if I do housework for 1 hour then I definitely get coffee and a pastry or to sit with my feet up for 30 minutes.
Getting motivated to do the housework – big or boring tasks out of the way first
Set up cleaning time so that the big jobs or the ones that are the most boring are out of the way first. That way I feel better and it’s a quick win.
Getting motivated to do the housework – make a schedule
Making a housework schedule works for me – that way I stay pretty much on track, the house says reasonably clean and tidy and I feel on top of stuff. Check out my housework routine here.