Similarly to setting New Year’s resolutions that fall by the wayside during February, many of us commit to spring clean our homes in the spring and find ourselves making little to no progress by the time summer arrives. A major factor in preventing us from reaching our goal of a clean home is motivation. Here are some tips on how to stay motivated during spring cleaning.
If you want to be productive this spring, you need to be specific with what you want to accomplish. Especially if your home is super messy, transforming your home to be clean and organized isn’t going to happen quickly. Realistically, you most likely aren’t going to spend hours upon hours cleaning your home during spring. A deep clean of a few areas will be much better than minimal cleaning of your entire home.
Once you set your goals, you need to know how to accomplish them. Unlike something concrete like setting a goal to walk a mile a day, cleaning goals are much more unique to your situation. If one of your goals is to have a clean kitchen, you need to have an idea of what the kitchen will look like when it is clean. You can then identify the problems that need to be addressed and come up with solutions.
Spring cleaning goals should be more robust than your mundane duties you do all of the time. Cleaning out the garage can be a massive project for some people and if you clog up a list of goals with activities like washing dishes, doing laundry, and taking out the trash, you may never get around to doing the bigger projects.
One of the biggest problems that prevent people from being motivated during spring cleaning is that they don’t hold themselves accountable. The worst thing that can happen if you neglect cleaning is that you continue to live in a messy home. That might not be enough to give you the drive you need. Deadlines give you extra incentive to start something and are the best way to hold yourself accountable to get things done. If you want to make deadlines feel more realistic, invite friends over the day after you are supposed to finish. You then are forced to finish cleaning your home or be ok with your friends judging you for your mess.
For every area you clean, remember to take as many pictures as possible before your start. For big cleaning projects like a garage, it can be difficult to see how much progress you have made. Your progress might not look like much after spending a few hours cleaning. That can feel extremely deflating. A picture before you started can illustrate just how much progress you have made and can be the perfect recipe to lift your spirits.