If you see a large mountain in front of you when it come to cleaning, thats okay (and normal)… break it up into small steps; ie: vacuum every Wednesday, laundry twice a week, etc.
At the end of the day you’ll feel great about your progression. It gets easier. Start with 10 minutes a day and you’ll find that sometimes you’ll get carried away and continue for 30 minutes or an hour. The important thing to do is start. That will create a real habit.
Make it easy—start soaking the dishes before you get the kids ready for bed so that after all you have to do is wipe down counters and load the dishwasher.
When you aren’t feeling it, do just one small thing. Organize the shoes, put the pillows back on the couch, pick clothes up off the bathroom floor.
Also when I room is clean it feels good. I also want to set a good example for my children & grandchildren
– every time you see something dirty or out of place clean it or fix it (dishes, crumbs, trash)
– start cleaning right after breakfast if you can
– and lastly there is no such thing as waiting to get in the mood. Try to make yourself get in the mood to clean by beginning.
That’s all for now, but remember this is the stuff that works for me, for you it might be different. 🙂
Try to group things up, organize little areas along the day, and think of better ways to display them. Usually as you sort through, you find garbage you can get rid of!
Finally, and MOST importantly, always replenish your energy spent on cleaning with some good ol’ vitamin Ch.
you know it.
When you wash up, extend that to giving the kitchen a clean or tidy up, or whilst you have a bowl of hot soapy water you could give the fridge or cooker a clean.
Try adding an extra job to the ones you already do, look at the time these jobs take you and commit to adding another 5/10/15 minutes of clearing up.
Maybe you need a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly routine.
Take before and after photos.
Clean bathrooms, vacuum or sweet, and unclutter/wipe counters before guests visit.
Invite guests to motivate you or to help you.
Bag things up and go through them one at a time.
Don’t give away to friends — donate.
Be gentle on yourself.
I have to admit, I’m a bit more ambitious than that, though. A few years ago I asked my husband how we could make sure that some chores were done at least weekly without having to remind the other. We came up with a system together.
Monday-Mop the kitchen and bathroom
Tuesday-Tidy the living room for company
Wednesday-Water all plants
Every time either of us complete this chore we get to claim it on the family calendar and give ourselves a colored star sticker. That way we have a record of if it was done that week and who accomplished it (for bragging rights!) You might notice there is a handy mnemonic device in that each chore begins with the same letter of that day of the week, so as long as you know it’s Friday, you know to use the daily 15 minutes of chore time that day to clean out the wilted cucumbers and old leftovers you have been ignoring in the fridge. That way chores don’t take over your life but can be included as a habit, say, after you bring your dishes from breakfast into the sink or perhaps right before dinner. It’s important that your roommates, including kids, don’t sabotage your efforts and join the household care to keep everyone healthy and your home happy. If they don’t agree to this idea, maybe you can brainstorm one together that WILL work for all of you.
I hope this helped!
setting mini goals for myself would probably help too instead of it being so broad. eg. “put away basket of clothes”, “clean desk”, “do laundry”
First, I make my bed every morning practically before I’m out of it! It makes me happy to not see that rumpled mess for the rest of the day.
Second, I change out of work clothes as soon as I get home. I hang up or put away everything that’s not ready to launder. Then I put on something comfy or practical for chores.
End result, when I walk into my bedroom at night, it is a neat and relaxing sanctuary.
As a daily rule, I try to put things where they belong instead of setting them down somewhere “just for now.”
Break rooms into smaller sections, and focus on doing a section at a time rather than a whole room.
I also do it before my mindfulness breaks. Ten minutes cleaning, then ten minutes for a cup of tea, or a meditation session. Then your breaks feel like rewards, and your cleaning sessions don’t feel like marathons.