I don’t loathe cleaning, but sometimes I just don’t feel like doing it.
Actually, a lot of times.
I’d much prefer to bake something or declutter anything.
On the other hand, I really love a clean home. While for some people messy means comfortable, for me clean is cozy. Over the last 5+ years of keeping my own home, I’ve found four things that are particularly effective for motivating me to clean.
There’s a chance these won’t work for your personality type, and at the end of the day you’ll be just as unmotivated to scrub your tub. The risk is pretty small, though, and the potential payoff is tidy home you actually enjoyed cleaning!
How to Motivate Yourself to Clean:
1. Make one cleaning project part of your morning routine
The best way to ensure you clean something is to do it as soon as possible during the day. Grab 20 minutes before the house wakes up or immediately after breakfast to clean the bathroom, sweep the porch, or scrub out the kitchen sink–whatever is on your list for that day. Knocking out your cleaning first thing also makes you feel really productive, which is an awesome feeling to take with you into mid-morning.
2. Don’t clean alone
If you have a family, they should be helping with some portion of the cleaning. I’ve found that cleaning becomes a lot more fun (and we actually go “overtime”) when my husband and I clean together. We don’t work on the same task at once, but we divide and conquer what needs to be done, and have a good soundtrack playing to spur us on to victory.
3. Plan a reward in proportion to your cleaning project
Anticipating a treat to enjoy when you’re done cleaning is a good motivator! The more or longer you clean, the bigger or longer the reward. If you do a quick, 20-minute cleaning project, promise yourself just 5 minutes to fix a snack afterwards. If you clean for an hour or two, enjoy 20-30 minutes of downtime afterwards to read on the porch. If you engage in an all-day workday with your family, go out to eat afterwards or make sure the whole evening is relaxing and includes pizza.
4. Use cleaning products you specifically like
For a long time, I underestimated the importance of this. I think the smell of conventional cleaning products makes a lot of people hate cleaning. Usually when companies try to compensate for their chemical-laden cocktails by adding “fragrance” it just makes it even worse. You might enjoy cleaning more if you engage your senses in a positive way; make or buy a few multi-use cleaners that are naturally scented and won’t sting your eyes and skin! Find some scents you really enjoy and can actually look forward to using.
I recently added a few Caldrea products to my modest collection of natural cleaning supplies. They contain essential oils and other ingredients I’m happy with. While I love that basics like vinegar and baking soda are cheap, sometimes it’s fun to have something a little fancier, especially if you can get them for a good price. I ordered my Caldrea items online from Grove Collaborative, because Grove carries them (and other household products) for significantly cheaper than I’ve found in stores.
Note: If you’re new to Grove Collaborative, you can get a FREE Mrs. Meyer’s handsoap + $10.00 store credit when you click through this link.
How to get the most out of Grove Collaborative
I’ve had extremely positive experiences with this company so far! The customer service is amazing, and they are very generous in offering free products to their customers throughout the year.
Over the last few years, I’ve been shopping in big-box stores less and less. Shopping online is convenient; I don’t have to go out in traffic or get sensory overload in the crowded store aisles. I love that Grove carries all of my favourite brands for a natural home (Mrs. Meyer’s, Seventh Generation, Dr. Bronner’s, etc.) but for much cheaper than I’ve found at Wal-Mart or Target.
Grove is a subscription service, so you can schedule products that you use regularly to be delivered at whatever interval you need them. On the other hand, if you don’t like subscriptions, you can cancel your shipment and then just put together a new order whenever you want (or when there’s a new freebie to claim!). This is what I do, personally. I only order what our house needs/what we’re out of. Here’s what I’ve purchased from Grove in the past:
- Acure Organics Facial Cleansing Gel
- Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap (we use this concentrate to make our own foaming hand soap)
- Kitchen sponges
- Natural soy candle
- Glass spray bottle (this was a “want” not a “need,” but it’s lovely!)
- Natural lip balm
- Seventh Generation chlorine-free pads
- Refillable razors
If you browse through their products, you’ll find that Grove has items for laundry, baby care, kitchen, entertaining, beauty, oral health, even medicines and supplements! Using fun products like the ones I get from Grove definitely motivates me to clean!