Have you ever had those days where you just cannot find the motivation to tackle that ever-growing pile of laundry or clean up the kitchen for what feels like the millionth time? Being a stay at home mom can feel like the movie Groundhogs Day pretty quickly. Take care of the kids, clean, wash laundry, cook dinner, it’s the same cycle day after day after day.
It’s no wonder that you experience times where you just cannot summon the motivation to clean the same thing you just cleaned yesterday all while knowing you’re going to have to clean it all over again tomorrow.
It can very quickly become a vicious cycle that’s hard to get yourself out of. The less motivated you feel to clean, the less you clean, and the more the mess piles up, which makes you even more unmotivated to clean the ever-larger mess.
But luckily there are a few simple tips and tricks that can help you get moving when you just don’t feel motivated to clean.
1. PLAY SOME MUSIC – Podcasts or audiobooks can be great to listen to when your cleaning. BUT when you find yourself in need of some extra motivation listening to people talk isn’t exactly going to help get you going. Crank up your favorite upbeat music instead. Something that’s going to put a smile on your face and get your feet moving.
2. LIGHT A CANDLE – Before you start cleaning light a scented candle or use an essential oil diffuser. Scents like peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus, and lavender can improve focus and help boost motivation.
3. FOCUS ON ONE AREA AT A TIME – Is the entire house a mess and dirty laundry piling up? If you keep thinking about EVERYTHING that needs to get done then it’s going to be hard to get anything done. Pick one area to focus on and forget everything else until that one area is done.
4. DITCH THE TO-DO LIST – Writing a massive to-do list with every single task that needs to get done can get overwhelming pretty quickly. Not to mention that writing a to-do list is a great way to waste time and distract you from actually doing what needs to get done.
5. START SMALL – Once you’ve decided what area you’re going to focus on pick one small task to work on. Pick something that’s simple and easy to get done in a very short amount of time. Being able to complete this small thing quickly well help you feel a sense of accomplishment and help get the ball rolling.
6. SET A TIMER – Now that you have a focus area and you know what task you’re going to work on, set a timer for 15 minutes. During this time work as quickly as you can and don’t stop working until the timer goes off. You’ll be surprised at just how much you can get done in just 15 minutes if you’re focused and you keep moving. Once the timer goes off take a break for a few minutes and then start over again with another task.
7. LET GO OF PERFECTIONISM – Things don’t always have to be “perfectly” clean to be considered clean. And some times good enough is good enough for now. Don’t overwhelm yourself thinking that every time you clean something it needs to be deep cleaned.
When you’re struggling to find the motivation to clean its okay to just do a basic surface level cleaning and save that deep cleaning for another time. And honestly most of the time no one is even going to notice the difference.
8. GO FOR A WALK – So you’ve tried everything and you still just cannot get motivated? Then you might need a change of scenery. As a stay at home mom, it’s easy to spend long periods of time inside your house surrounded by the very mess you’re struggling to get clean. Which could cause anyone to get sick of their surroundings and go a little stir crazy.
Get outside, go for a walk, read a book on the porch. Do something that gets you outside of your house and takes your mind off the mess you need to clean up. When you come back you’ll likely feel refreshed and ready to tackle whatever cleaning project you need to get done.
What are your favorite ways to help get you motivated to clean? I would love to hear about them in the comments!