If you’re overwhelmed by mess in your home or just totally out of control, trust me when I say you’re not alone. The fact is, if your home is already completely out of order, the more out of control you feel, the less motivated you become, and the harder it becomes to clean your home. It literally becomes harder to get around and clean your home the more annoyed you really are by it. In fact, I guarantee if you’ve been around someone who is constantly struggling with house cleanliness issues, you’ve probably been frustrated yourself.
Here’s the thing though, if you never move past being frustrated by how much work cleaning up can take, how will you ever learn how to get motivated to clean when overwhelmed by mess? Don’t get me wrong, I know plenty of people who are totally unmotivated by even the most basic of tasks. But for the rest of us, it all comes down to how badly we want to rid our homes of all the grime and filth. And that, unfortunately, is usually what makes getting motivated to clean so difficult.
Let’s face it; our homes could use a total makeover. And one of the best ways to start is to feel like you’re getting the job done. It’s difficult enough to keep our floors clean and our carpets clean, but imagine if you had to clean both the floors AND the carpets AND the walls AND the ceiling AND the tables AND the countertops AND the refrigerator AND the microwave AND the sink AND the garbage can AND the refrigerator door AND the stove AND the microwave oven AND the shelves AND the refrigerator door AND the stovetop AND the cabinets AND the floor AND the ceiling AND the tabletops AND the walltops and then all of the pots, pans, cookie sheets, crumpled laundry and stacks of dirty socks. It’s easy to just get discouraged. And when you’ve been overwhelmed with mess for some time, it’s hard to feel like you’re getting any better. But there are steps you can take to help motivate yourself to clean your home more often.
One way you can help motivate yourself to clean your messy house when overwhelmed by mess is to keep track of the things you have to clean. Some people like to use a to-do list to keep track of everything they need to do. Some people prefer a more visual way of keeping track of their items. For those of you who like to keep a visual reminder of everything you need to do, consider purchasing or making a color-coding system to mark things as “dirty” or “clean”. You can use a highlighter or even color-coding tape to mark items so you always remember where and what you need to clean.
Another good way to help yourself get motivated to clean when overwhelmed by mess is to express how it feels like to have a messy house. Consider how it feels when you have to clean up the entire kitchen and bathroom sink or shower, then finish up with mopping the rest of the house. When you really feel overwhelmed by the mess, you might start to feel like it is something you cannot do alone. If you have children or pets, talk with them about how it feels like to have a house that is full of clutter. Getting your entire family on board will be helpful in helping you feel really good about taking care of the house.
Another thing that may help you get motivated to clean when overwhelmed by mess is to visualize a time when you were able to completely eliminate all of the clutter in a specific room. For example, you might visualize cleaning the bedroom for at least 10 minutes after completing a household task such as vacuuming or washing the car. Once you can feel yourself taking those steps, it may be difficult to resist doing them in order to remove all of the clutter from the room. This can be an effective technique if you have a plan. After you complete the visualization, you should count yourself out of the task, then move on to another room.
Decluttering can be a difficult habit to break, but with the help of a spouse, friend, or a therapist, it can be made easier to stay motivated. Decluttering requires that you organize all of your belongings into one area or container. However, it does not mean that your only focus is on getting everything in its proper place. You still need to do some of the same chores each day in order to keep your mind and body motivated. With professional help, decluttering will become easier.
One way to stay motivated to clean when overwhelmed by mess is to use a “timed” plan. You should arrange for a time when you will do your regular chore or task. After your “timer” has reset, begin your decluttering mission. Each day that pass without any cleanings means that your time and energy are decreasing. You should take the stairs every chance you get, push the cart around the store aisle, or set a timer to clean every other day.