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Tidy Tuesday-How to Get Motivated to Tidy When You’re in a Rut

My kids have been sick off and on the past few weeks, which landed us stuck in the house pretty much all through the month of March and most of the beginning of April.

As a textbook introvert, I’m usually pretty stoked to stay at home, but I definitely reached my limit. I found myself multiples times in a mental space where I just did not care about cleaning. The kids were just gonna mess it all up anyway, what was the point?

But at some point, we ran out of clean dishes and laundry and ants started crawling inside from our front door looking for the graham cracker crumbs my toddler generously left for them.

So I put on my big girl pants (or leggings, whatever) and cleaned the dang house anyway.

If you’ve found yourself in this kind of rut before where you are just DONE and can’t find the energy to clean but need to, first, solidarity my friend.

Second, I’ll tell you what I do to get over myself to get myself into cleaning mode.

Here’s some of my quick tips to get motivated to tidy when you REALLY don’t feel like it.

aka how to make yourself do crap when you just wanna lay in bed
  • Take one room at a time. If you try to take on your entire house all at once , 1) you’ll be overwhelmed, and 2) you’ll probably get distracted from what you’re doing and nothing will get done. So aim to clean one room at a time, focusing on clearing surfaces and putting things back in their place. Then move on to the next room.
  • Make a to-do list. List everything that you need to do. Then do each item and check it off. Works great if you’re like me and get ultimate satisfaction from crossing off to-do lists or checking boxes! Bam! Done!
  • Set a timer for 5 min. Try to see how much you can get done in a span of 5 minutes. You might be surprised that the mess you were giving the evil eye all day long was just a few things that needed to be cleared away.
  • Put some tunes on. This is my favorite thing to do when I’m not in the mood to do dishes or clean my kitchen or bathroom. Which is pretty much every time they need to be cleaned. Your favorite music makes everything more enjoyable. Playing air guitar with your broom like Mrs. Doubtfire never gets old.
  • Burn a favorite candle or diffuse some essential oils. The house will smell nice and might motivate you to want to get it looking nice too.
  • Use a reward system. I know we’re not in grade school here, but sometimes, the promise of a chocolate bar is enough to get me off my butt.
  • Just do it! This is the most eye-rolling, unglamorous solution I can give you, but Nike said it first, and it’s 100% true. Even if you complain about it the whole way through, it’s still getting done, and I can give you about a 75% guarantee that you’ll feel good about it afterwards.

Those are my top tips for getting motivated when you’re…well, when you’re unmotivated. They may work for you, they may not! But it’s how I’m able to get stuff done when I really would rather do literally anything else than clean.

If you find you need a few more ideas, here are a few extra ones I’ll throw in.

  • Watch an episode of hoarders or Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Hoarders will disgust you and make you want to clean everything in sight. Marie Kondo will make you want to fold all your laundry in cute little color-coordinated bundles. CAUTION: both might also make you want to throw out everything in your house.
  • Get in an argument with someone. I don’t know about you, but I always end up cleaning when I’m angry at my husband. I’m kidding…Don’t do this just for the sake of cleaning. That’s dumb.
  • Hire someone else to do it. Maybe you have loads of excessive income to put towards a house cleaner. I don’t know your life

If you enjoyed this post, leave a like or comment below letting me know! I love getting your feedback! I’ll be here every Tuesday sharing more tidying tips with you!

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