How Do I Motivate Myself To Clean?

Cleaning is a chore many of us like to put off. It makes sense when you think about it; it’s often hard work physically, you have to get your hands dirty and it’s not exactly exciting. But living in a mess is no better. So, how do you motivate yourself to clean?

There are many different ways to find motivation to clean. Using music and having a reward for cleaning are two of the most popular methods. The key is to find something stimulating to keep yourself engaged with the task. You should take regular breaks to maintain your cleaning energy and motivation.

Below we have our top 10 tips to motivate yourself to clean!

Use music as a cleaning motivator

One of the biggest tips to help motivate yourself to clean is to put music on. Music and movement go hand-in-hand, and that definitely includes cleaning. So don’t be afraid to turn on your Bluetooth speaker or pop in your earphones and get your favourite tunes going. Many find that high-energy, upbeat songs are very helpful. Music also makes time pass more quickly, so you will be finished cleaning before you know it! It’s also a good way to boost your heart rate while cleaning, making it more of an exercise. That way you tackle your household mess and your daily exercise in one go!

Treat yourself to a reward if you finish your cleaning duties

Using a reward system might be associated with getting kids to do things, but we all love a good treat. You can organise a reward for yourself that you can only have if you finish your cleaning duties. The enticement of the treat will motivate you to get your cleaning done! You could plan a nice dinner or fun outing. Or you can simply reward yourself with a social media break or reading. If you want to tackle a big cleaning task, give yourself a bigger reward.

Hire a skip bin to get motivated for a clear out

Sometimes, when the mess is too much, you just want to throw everything away and you almost can by hiring a skip bin! A general waste skip bin will allow you to throw away a lot of the clutter in your house that is creating the most mess. There sometimes is nothing more satisfying than chucking things into these big skips. Finally, the clutter ends up in a place where you don’t have to worry about it, but you know it will be taken care of. Getting to actually throw away your mess can be a huge motivation for cleaning. It’s also rejuvenating, which is why so many people do spring cleanouts!

Find an extra pair of hands to help clean

How to motivate yourself to clean more

Cleaning can become overwhelming at times, which is why getting someone to help can be the motivation you need to clean. It’s like a supportive cleaning cheerleader! Plus, if someone helps you out the cleaning will be finished twice as quickly.

If you share your living space, you shouldn’t be stuck doing all the cleaning by yourself. Ask your partner, kids, friends, housemates, family or anyone within reach. There’s no shame in asking for help. We all need an extra boost at times and those who care about you will help you. Plus, if you combine this method with a reward for everyone involved, motivation and enthusiasm for cleaning will peak! It can also help to get your family to clean up after themselves, leaving less cleaning to be done at the end of the week.

Break down the cleaning tasks to stay motivated

When cleaning seems like a very overwhelming task, breaking down the jobs into smaller feats can help maintain cleaning motivation. Focus on one room at a time or pick one task (such as cleaning the window tracks, drains or ceiling fans) and complete them first. Then move on to the next task. Do this, and your mountain of chores will soon seem like nothing more than a conquerable hill. Cleaning one room at a time is recommended to make cleaning quicker and less draining. This is called batch cleaning. But you might find that doing one task at a time works better. It can change depending on the person!

Take cleaning breaks to not become overwhelmed

Trying to clean the whole house in one go becomes overwhelming very quickly and it ruins your cleaning motivation. Lots of people think they’ll lose their cleaning steam if they stop to take a break. But they don’t factor in what happens when their energy runs out. If you clean until you’re exhausted, you won’t finish the chores for another few days, maybe a week or more.

Keeping the motivation train rolling isn’t easily said nor done, but you’d be surprised how much it can help to take breaks. It’s worth a try to take a short five-to-ten-minute break. Take the weight off your feet and kick back for a moment. You can have a quick drink, enjoy the peace and loosen your muscles up. This is like a mini reward for finding the motivation to clean in the first place. You will be surprised at how rejuvenated you will feel afterwards. Then you can continue cleaning with higher levels of energy. Just don’t get stuck in the spiral of endless social media scrolling on a break, otherwise, you’ll never get back to the task at hand!

Try a new cleaning product or technique

We all get excited to try new things and a new cleaning product or technique could be just the thing to boost your cleaning motivation. If you jump onto any social media platform nowadays, you can find loads of accounts reviewing cleaning products. You can find cleaning ‘hacks’ and cleaning advice on blogs like ours. Think about what cleaning tasks you have to do and see if you can find a new approach to tackling it! You might find ways to get it done quicker. Or you will learn about new cleaning products to experiment with. Learning new things is very stimulating for the brain and encourages you to be more energised. This will help you motivate yourself to clean, easily!

Try out new cleaning methods for motivation

Plan a party or catch-up so that you have to clean

We are always thinking about the ways people might judge us and a messy house is one of them. So, by organising a party or for some friends to come round, you will be worried about mess in your house. There will always be a part of you that is aware of the mess that people might notice and judge you for. If you organise for a catch-up at your house, your body will kick into perfectionist mode and you will be motivated to clean. You will also have a time limit to get all of the cleaning done which means you’re not slowly chipping away at everything. The only downside to this is that you will probably have some cleaning to do after having visitors over. But it could be a lot less than before they came!

Make lists of cleaning tasks

By creating lists of cleaning tasks, you can motivate yourself to clean because you want to cross everything off the list. If you’re one of those people who gets satisfaction from ticking items off to-do lists, this tip is your friend. Put together a to-do list with all the tasks you need to get done. You can split them up into room-by-room or give them deadlines and tick them off as you go along. This is a great visual motivator because you will feel more satisfied as more tasks are ticked off. You’ll become determined to see a fully-checked list.

Imagine a clean home; make a clean home

Imagining your house clean can motivate you to get your cleaning done. If you can dream it, you can be it, right? This same concept applies to a clean home! If you can visualise it, you can make it happen. Think of the clean floors, crumb-free kitchen, finger-printless windows, shiny bathroom, sparkling kitchen. Imagine sitting down with a cup of tea and a book in a lounge not cluttered with mess. Isn’t it a pretty picture? Using this imagery of the final result from cleaning is a great motivator. The sooner you start, the closer you are to relaxing in a clean and refreshing space!

Hopefully, you find a few helpful tips for motivating yourself to clean throughout this article. If you’re considering hiring a skip bin, we have loads of skip bin advice for you! We can tell you what size skip you need and what can go in a general waste skip bin. To hire a skip bin in Canberra, check out our range of bins at Capital Hire. You can contact us on 0416 192 348