Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Cleaning


Here's a little something I found the other day when googling "how to get motivated to clean your house". Ha Ha!! I google everything! Maybe I'll put some of this into practice today :)
1. Make a list of cleaning goals. Take some time in the beginning of your week to jot down a few small cleaning goals for each day. Try not to overwhelm yourself by tackling a huge job that you'll tire of halfway through and abandon. For example, instead of cleaning the whole bathroom at once, settle for making your countertops and mirrors shine. 2. Enlist a little help from your children and husband. Nothing deters you from cleaning the house more than knowing you have to do it all. To make your life easier and to get you going full force on the job you take on, pass the list around. 3. Treat yourself to some new cleaning supplies. This may not sound so exciting, but if you go out and buy new tools for cleaning that are designed to simplify your jobs, you'll be more motivated to get going.
(I love to try new natural products without all the toxic fumes and/or make my own)
4. Set the alarm and start the day by cleaning something. By tackling a small job first thing in the morning, you get your mind set on the other tasks waiting for your attention. Also, this sets the motivational tone for you to get as much done as possible before moving onto something else. 5. Crank up the music. . Music is a great motivator, and it helps to pass the time that much quicker. 6. Take some time for yourself--after you've finished a cleaning job, that is. Create motivation by indulging in a reward when you've reached a cleaning goal. Have a cup of tea, read a magazine or take a walk.,eat some chocolate, etc. You've earned it! 7. Plan a party! One surefire way to spark the motivational fire is to invite friends or family over . You'll want your house to look its best, so you'll get those cleaning gears turning.

4 comments:

Miss Jen said...

Great Cleaning tips!
I like the idea of doing the cleaning in smaller steps
instead of all at once which can be overwhelming at times. Thank you for posting this. :)

Hummingbirder said...

Thank you! I'll be putting point #7 into practice soon since we're having guests for Thanksgiving. That will be sure to motivate me!

Mary Anne said...

Thanks for the encouragement! I need it. I enjoy reading your blog, even though I don't comment-it helps me keep in touch, even though you don't know that I am reading!

Hummingbirder said...

Hi Mary Anne! I keep wanting to give you a call. I promise I will soon! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
P.S. I'm glad you were encouraged...I'm working on getting my house in order (a little at a time) which feels good.