Ever wonder how you can keep a home when you don’t feel like cleaning?
Sometimes, you just don’t feel like cleaning.
Depending on how much cleanliness matters to you, you may never feel like cleaning. But cleaning still must be done, even if it’s considered a necessary evil. We clean so we don’t live in squalor.
But sometimes I just don’t feel like cleaning. I’d rather get on with the rest of life and let the dirty dishes pile up in the sink and the dust bunnies grow to monstrous sizes.
This winter and spring have been particularly challenging – when I see gray skies outside, feel chilly, and have been dealing with sick children, the last thing I want to do is clean. Or, if I’m completely honest with myself, the I have a hard time finding the motivation to do much of anything.
When I get in these moods where I do let the dishes and dust bunnies pile, I’m faced with the same issue every single time: I still have to do the work. And since I procrastinated, I have even more to do.
How to clean when you don’t feel like it
Unless you have a maid – or cleaning lady – you’ll need to do the work yourself, like it or not.
And so, the most obvious solution to a lack of cleaning motivation is to do it anyway.
Even when you don’t feel like it, do something. It may be the minimum – like washing and drying one load of laundry when you have seven that need done.
You may feel like cleaning out one drawer is making the tiniest dent in a disastrous room, but do a tiny bit of work anyway. Then get back to doing whatever non-cleaning fun you were having.
Once you’ve done it one day, keep doing a little bit of work every single day. Set a timer for 10 minutes, and clean as quickly as you can – when the timer goes off, you’re done with your housework and can return to whatever unmotivated thing you were doing.
Keep up your short bursts of cleaning as long as you don’t feel motivated. On certain days when you do feel energetic and want to get cleaning, do it. Take full advantage of your different attitude and perspective, and clean as much as you can.
When your attention and desire wane again – and it will – go back to your short, timed cleaning sessions.
Using your cleaning method throughout life
You’ll find that the short bursts of work can help a lot in different areas of life – whether you’re feeling like you’re in a slump at work, or you just don’t want to do a certain task.
Take a deep breath, set a timer, and dig right in. Work hard until your timer goes off … and then enjoy your success. Don’t focus on the tasks that are left – celebrate what you’ve accomplished.
Creating a strategy
Sometimes, even with short cleaning spurts, you need to create a long-term strategy for your home. This kind of cleaning strategy can help you figure out how to care for your home on your own terms. (And it can center around your lack of energy or cleaning initiative.)
By creating a workable strategy for your home and breaking up your bigger jobs into smaller, manageable tasks that can be timed, you can conquer your work around the house – even when you don’t feel like cleaning.
How do you manage to care for your home even when you don’t feel like cleaning?
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