How to motivate yourself to clean?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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1892 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I try to tell myself that people can show up ANY time, and I want the house presentable And not stinky

 

laundry on the other hand… When I’m out of clean undies then I do it… No choice..

Post # 4
Hostess
10891 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@dannielle89: I hear ya and to tell the truth I don’t know the answer. But I do get moments when I go at it full on. This morning I lay in bed until 10 here on the bee for two hours and some more then sat on the couch for two hours. Come the afternoon I muster up the motivation and wanting from nowhere, I just go with it now but am trying to be more organised about it.

Post # 5
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1988 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I’m afraid I’m in training to become Monica Geller 🙂 I can’t focus on anything useful unless the place looks nice and tidy. It’s what motivates me actually, I just feel so much better when everything is neat and clean. 

Oh, and I allow myself a treat after all the hard work. I can make myself do just about anything if there’s a piece of cake in it for me later 🙂 Maybe you could try that? 

Post # 6
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725 posts
Busy bee

I try to tackle long cleaning lists first thing in the morning (especially on weekends). I tell myself that then it will be out of the way and I can just enjoy the rest of the day. I hate to be relaxing and have to get up and clean so it usually works lol.

I also can’t go to bed if the house is messy so that motivates me. Sometimes I run around cleaning like a maniac before bed. 

Post # 7
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385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

There’s a blog, and an accompanying app, called Unf*** Your Habitat. As long as profanity doesn’t bother you, it’s kind of amazing.

Post # 8
Member
1980 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I watch hoarders and put on good music to clean to. It’s hard to be motivated sometimes!

Post # 9
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1765 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@dannielle89:  honestly this may sound absolutely batty….but i invite someone over…..like that night or the next morning….anyone….like FIs friend or my friends….because i HATE having people outside of FI and myself inside my house when it is less then spotless….so i go crazy cleaning and doing everything I had been putting off because I want people to see my clean house….

that or I put on some tunes…and just make myself….but the company thing usually works better! lol

Post # 10
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3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MsMeow:  I wish I could be that motivated! Ugh, everything but the kitchen is constantly cluttered. Not dirty but definitely cluttered.

@dannielle89:  You just have to bite the bullet! I have no real advice since I am a huge cleaning procrastinator

Post # 11
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2276 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@dannielle89:  put some music on and do the most important stuff first :).

Post # 12
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342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I put on some music, set the timer for 30 minutes and just clean.  Usually I’m motivated to keep going when the timer goes off

Post # 13
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1988 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@kansas_nurse:  Oh yes, I do that too! Just in case I fall off my Monica Geller wagon, having people over does the trick every single time! 🙂

Post # 14
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5222 posts
Bee Keeper

I just remember how awesome it feels to have a clean home, and I start in one room and force myself to move to the next by doing something small in each area. For example: I may go into the bathroom and spray some cleaner in the tub and shower and then go into another part of the house and spray some carpet cleaner on the stairs. Then I will start back on the bathroom, but even though I get done with that– I still have to go clean the stairs so before I do that I will go sweep some in another room. It just gives me motivation to keep moving until it is all done and before I know it, the house is clean!

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@dannielle89:  My motivation is that I don’t like to live in a pigsty. We are adults. If we put things away, clean up messes as they are created, have a basket for drycleaning in the front hall closet etc, housekeeping doesn’t really take that long.

I’m not sure what “gold clean” laundry means. Normal laundry takes about 2 minutes to throw in the wash, one minute to move from washer to dryer and 5 minutes to fold and put away.

Instead of looking at your whole list, just do one thing at a time and do them at the appropriate time. Take down the Christmas tree when there is something on TV that you want to watch. Many of the items on your list will only take a couple of minutes. Stop procrastinating.

Post # 16
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1988 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@Payless:  Oh, staying motivated to clean is easy when I can reward myself with chocolate – it’s staying motivated to lose weight that’s proving a little more difficult! Tongue Out

 

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