Monday, November 18, 2019 / by Natasha McNealy
The holidays are just around the corner and that means schedules are becoming a bit busier and the number of guests entering or even staying in your home is on the rise. We all want to have a clean home, especially when we are having guests over, but sometimes it can be a little overwhelming. Between work, school, events, parties and getting in the holiday spirit, it may be exhausting to even think about cleaning the house top to bottom. However, don’t you want that sweet feeling of an empty countertop, things put away in their proper places and a closet you can actually see all your clothes in?
That feeling of happiness that overcomes you when your house is clean and organized, is the ultimate form of self-care. Yes, cleaning your home and living in an organized space is most definitely a form of self-care. We’ve all been there when the house is such a mess that it almost is impossible to think about where to even begin and you just don’t want to do it. It’s almost a cycle of being exhausted from stress or a busy schedule, which leads you to not have the energy to clean, but then not being able to relax because the house is such a mess, leading you to more stress, repeat. We want to give you some little kickstarting cleaning motivation tips to get you going on putting an end to the self-sabotaging cycle we can find ourselves in while drowning in a dirty home.
Blast your favorite music playlist. If you have Spotify or Apple Music, create a “cleaning” playlist that you can blast from your Bluetooth speaker to get you in the mood to get up on your feet and perhaps dance or sing your way through sweeping or washing the dishes. We promise you that a little good music (especially some good throwbacks) is the first step to get you going.
Give yourself limits. Thinking about cleaning an entire home at once is very overwhelming. However, if you have a whole weekend ahead to get the job done, give yourself limits on how you will tackle each task. You can set a timer to challenge yourself to get a certain task done in let's say, 15 minutes. Once the time is up, you can stop and give yourself a break. Or, make a list of everything you have to do. Then, choose two or three items that you are going to tackle that day. Crossing things off a list never felt so good! Sometimes, starting small is best.
Get the Whole Family Involved. Make it a competition between your family on who can clean the most things in a set amount of time. It’s crazy what kids can accomplish when they put their mind to it (and there is a prize involved).
Hardest Part First. What is the one thing in your home that is stressing you out the most? Is it the pile of laundry? Your dirty floors? Messy cabinets? Whatever it is that is stressing you out the most, take it head-on first. Everything else in your home you will eventually get to, but if there is a certain type of mess that is making you mad, fix it right away!
Hoarding or Declutter Shows. Have you seen Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up Netflix show? Or Hoarding: Buried Alive on TLC? If you really need some motivation to get your house in tip-top shape, learn and get inspired by shows like these to start cleaning!
Imagine. Imagine how awesome your home is going to smell when your home is completely clean and you just have that one scented candle lit on the completely clean countertop. Imagine yourself cozied up on your couch watching your favorite Christmas movie with completely clean surroundings and everything placed perfectly on the shelves around the TV. Let these little visuals motivate you to get you where you want to be!
Pinterest Inspiration. Have you ever scrolled through Pinterest, pinning things that you never think you can bake or lifestyles that you never think you could achieve? Let it be your total inspiration board for a clean house! There are so many great cleaning tips and tricks on there that can help you with things like getting the permanent marker stain off your couch or a concoction for how to get rid of those pesky hard water stains from your shower door.
Reorganize. A trick that will make you feel like you are living in a brand new home! Moving around furniture in your home will help freshen up a room and truly give you new excitement about your new living space!
Be the Hostess. Have family coming into town for the holidays? Invite them to stay at your home. Want to throw a party for friends? Do it. It is amazing how much we can accomplish in our cleaning when we know we have people coming over. It is a great motivation for you to get things in order and having a set date to do it by.
New Cleaning Products. Sometimes all it takes is a really good smelling all-surface spray to start cleaning off every surface of your home. If you are tired of the same old products you’ve been using, try buying a different brand to have fun with. There are lots of options out there now that are also better for the environment!