16 Ways to Get Motivated to Clean Your Home

Are you lacking the motivation to get your house clean? Check out these 16 Ways to Get Motivated to Clean Your Home Today.

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Although I love having a clean home, cleaning is not something I enjoy doing. But, as you know it’s something that must be done.

No matter who you are or how good you try to keep your home consistently clean. There are always going to be those times when the motivation to clean just isn’t there.

Let’s face it, there are probably a hundred more things you would rather be doing with your time. But, letting things pile up just end up making things worse in the long run.

Whether you are overwhelmed by the mess or you’re trying to juggle too many things at once and there doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day, it can feel impossible to find the motivation to add cleaning to that already long list of things to do.

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Losing motivation to clean your home can also be caused by feeling tired, depressed, or discouraged because it feels like all you do is clean up after your kids. 

Honestly, life is crazy at times, and it can be hard trying to keep up. That is why I wanted to share some simple tips and tricks that I have used over the years to motivate myself to clean my home when I didn’t have the motivation to do it.

Hopefully, they will work for you! Let’s get started.

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16 Ways to Get Motivated to Clean Your Home

Start small

The best advice I can offer if you are struggling to begin cleaning no matter what the reason is to start small. If you can only get the counters cleaned off today then that’s ok. Progress is still progress. Each day try to add something else.

When I’m overwhelmed with any cleaning or decluttering project, I always find that it helps to focus on the easiest jobs first because they will usually motivate me to keep going. If I try and start with the biggest job then I will usually procrastinate and not get it done.

Turn up the music

Making a playlist of all your favorite music is a great way to find a little motivation to complete your cleaning tasks.

Music has a way of increasing our energy and making us want to move. So, create a playlist on Spotify or your go-to music app and jump in.

It’s also the perfect way to squeeze in a little cardio for the day.

Listen to an audiobook or podcast

Download an audiobook or find a podcast to listen to. When I’m lacking the motivation to clean my house I like listening to autobiographies.

Honestly, most of the time I get so engrossed in the book that before I know it my cleaning is all done. 

You can download the free Libby app and connect it with your local library so you can easily borrow audiobooks and save some money in the process.

Watch a YouTube Cleaning Video

If you haven’t discovered cleaning videos on YouTube yet, you don’t know what you are missing. It’s crazy how watching someone else clean their home can motivate you to want to clean your own. 

It’s probably one of the first things that I do these days when I find that my motivation to clean my house is lacking.

One of my favorite cleaning YouTube Channels is This Crazy Life.

Start a Cleaning Routine

If you’ve been around Budgeting for Bliss for a bit, you know that I’m all about having a good cleaning routine. The reason for this is because I know they work.

I started using a cleaning routine when my boys were small because it felt like I could never keep up. It was making me anxious and stressed. I needed something that would make my life easier.

Just taking less than 30 minutes every day, divided into 10-minute blocks helped keep my home clean so I wasn’t spending my entire weekend catching up.

I would simply take advantage of any time that I could to complete my weekly cleaning routine. When my oldest son was in his high chair having his breakfast, I would take that opportunity to clean the kitchen. When he went down for his nap, I would pick up the family room and clean the bathroom.

As my boys got older and went off to school, my morning cleaning routine was the first thing that I did after breakfast so I could get it done, and then I would move on to my weekly cleaning routine which didn’t take any time at all since I was keeping up with my cleaning tasks.

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Make a cleaning checklist

A checklist is one of the best ways to help motivate you to start cleaning. When you are looking at the overall picture, it can feel overwhelming. 

Instead of writing down on a piece of paper, “clean the bathroom”. Write down each individual task that you have to do such as “wipe the bathroom sink”, or “clean the toilet”. Then, check it off the list once the task is completed.

You will find as you move through your list and are able to keep checking things off it will continue to motivate you to keep going.

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Get everyone to pitch in and help

When it comes to cleaning, you shouldn’t have to do it alone. Get family members to pitch in and help. Try making chore charts for the kids or doing a daily clean-up time in the evening.

If you find that your kids need a little extra motivation, set a timer and challenge them to see how much they can get done in a certain amount of time.

Try a Power Hour

A power hour cleaning is a perfect solution for those times when you need to do a big clean but don’t want to spend all day at it. Simply make a list of the chores you want to accomplish and set a time for one hour. Then, try to get as much crossed off the list in that hour.

Get control of the clutter

If you want to make cleaning your home easier then you need to get rid of the clutter. There is nothing more unmotivating than having to move piles of clutter around to clean under.

You are literally doing double the work. Wouldn’t it be so nice to be able to walk into your kitchen and wipe your counters off without having to remove paper clutter?

Decluttering your home can make your life easier in the long run. You will have less stuff to put away making cleaning so much quicker.

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Try a new cleaning product

Trying out a new product can be a great way to help motivate you to clean your home. This is especially true if you’ve found a product that not only smells good but can save you time because of its cleaning capabilities.

Set a timer

When I first started using cleaning routines a few years ago to keep my home consistently tidy, I found that I was having a hard time sticking to a routine and I needed some motivation to continue.

As you know, sometimes habits can take a while to form, so in order to keep going, I would set a timer whenever I started cleaning a room.

In the beginning, I wanted to see how long it would take me, and eventually, it turned into trying to improve my time to see how quickly I could get it done. 

A timer can also help if you are short on time but still want to get some cleaning done. Do you have 10 minutes before you start making dinner or 15 minutes before the kids come home from school? Set a timer for that amount of time, choose a task or room, and try to get as much done as you can.

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Invite someone over

Honestly, there is nothing more motivating than inviting someone over. I don’t know about you but when I have company coming over I can get so much cleaning done.

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Read motivational quotes

It may seem silly to some, but motivational quotes can really help you start cleaning especially if you are feeling down and unmotivated. 

Save some of your favorite inspirational quotes on Pinterest so you can reference them whenever you need a little push to keep going with whatever you are trying to accomplish.

Turn off any distractions

These days distractions are everywhere with your phone being the biggest culprit. Between emails, texts, and social media it feels like we are on our phones all the time.

Turn off your phone or at least put it in another room while you are cleaning so you don’t get distracted.

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Be okay with good enough

One of the reasons that can cause us to feel so unmotivated to clean our home is that we strive for perfection and when we can’t achieve that, we just give up.

Remember your home doesn’t have to be perfect all the time. Honestly, that’s unrealistic. We have families, and busy lives, and everything can’t be exactly as we would like 100 percent of the time. It’s just not possible.

So, we need to adjust our expectations and strive for progress over perfection. Be happy with what you can accomplish no matter how small.

Reward yourself

Rewarding yourself for all your hard work can be a great motivator. You don’t have to spend a lot of money. It could be something as simple as taking a couple of hours all to yourself to read a good book, watch a favorite show or take a bath.

Anything that you could look forward to that will motivate you to get your cleaning tasks done can work.

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There you go, 16 ways to get your home clean when you are feeling unmotivated. These easy tips have helped me keep my home consistently clean over the years and helped motivated me to get my cleaning tasks completed even when I didn’t want to do them. I’m hoping that they will work for you too.

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