What to do when your home is a mess.

Does anyone else feel like sometimes, the more you clean, the messier your home is? Sometimes, I feel like I will never get on top of everything in the home that we need to get done. So, here are 4 things I do when I am feeling overwhelmed by cleaning.

  1. I employ the 1 in, 2 out rule.
    Some minimalists keep their home decluttered, by employing a rule that if they want to acquire something new, then they must get rid of two things. Well, when I am cleaning, I try to employ the same principle. That means, for every mess that I make, I must clean up not only that mess, but something else that I find is messy. This might take a while to get my home back to tip-top shape, but it doesn’t feel as overwhelming.
  2. I clean something I enjoy cleaning first.
    Sometimes, I simply don’t feel like cleaning at all, but I know it needs to be done. The best thing I can do in that case is clean something that I don’t usually mind, such as cleaning out the kitchen cupboard or organizing the pantry. Usually, this gets me into a productive mode, and I am able to get a whole lot more done.
  3. I reward myself.
    I realize that this one is a little cliche, but it really works. If I do an hour of cleaning, I give myself the chance to watch an episode of a TV show or read some of my book, or a relaxing bath or facial. Whatever you reward yourself with, it can be a great way to challenge yourself to get done what needs doing.
  4. I think about how it will feel when the house is clean
    For me, usually, the reason I don’t want to clean is that I am overwhelmed, or I am stressed out by all of the mess. Ironically, the clean house is the one thing that will make me feel better, but getting there is the challenge. Sometimes, If I imagine how I am going to feel when it’s done, that’s enough motivation to get me started.

How do you motivate yourself to clean, or to get things done that you don’t necessarily want to do? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.

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