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5 Ways to Get Motivated to Clean


Guest Post By: Nancy Parker


At ten years old the last thing you wanted to do was clean your room. And what is the last thing you want to do at 30 years old? Is clean your room, garage, kitchen, laundry room. It’s funny how some things will never change. With age you gain not only wrinkles but more rooms and more room’s means more cleaning. Keeping your home clean is tough job especially having spent the day working and taking care of the kids. But here are a few ways to get motivated to attack that mess:


Invite someone new over- Two reasons why this works: no one wants a new friend to see their home a mess and added bonus you get to mingle with your new friend. It’s a win-win. Make it a realistic date, set up a lunch or dinner date toward the end of the week when you know you have time to actually tackle your tasks.

Try a new product- Just like buying a new pair of tennis shoes can motivate you to walk the dog more, so can a cleaning product. Try that new mop or new cleaning spray that you have been hearing about for months. Purchasing that will spark an interest as to see if it ‘really works’. 


Treat yourself- Hey cleaning is tough. Treat yourself. Plan a yummy lunch date at the end of your cleaning session. Whether you help yourself to that ice cream in the freezer or a manicure, rewarding is key.


Try a new scent- There are many ‘flavors’ of cleaning products and candles. Trying a new scent that smells delicious will only make you want to continue that deliciousness and that comes with more cleaning. Smell ya’ later!


Turn up the volume- You know those songs that make you want to dance around when no one is home? Pop those in the CD player and crank up the stereo, or plug in your iPod and earphones. Upbeat songs will get you movin’ and groovin’ to a cleaner home in minutes. Plus don’t be surprised if you burn a few calories!


So roll up your sleeves and dive in. Don’t put rules on how and when to clean, just do it. Start easy by removing unwanted things from the room like trash, your husband’s shoes or a stack of old magazines. If Cinderella can do it you can too, Happy Cleaning! 

Author Bio
Nancy Parker was a professional nanny (http://www.enannysource.com/) and she loves to write about wide range of subjects like health, Parenting, Child Care, Babysitting, nanny background check tips etc. You can reach her @ nancy.parker015 @ gmail.com


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22 comments:

  1. Inviting anyone over would work for me.... I hate to clean... just hate it. But no one else will do it unless I pay a cleaning lady.

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  2. These things work, because I have tried them all! But my personal favorite is being so sick I have been put on steroids, it has made me superwoman. Not only have I cleaned and re-done the cabinets and drawers, I bought a new chair and hanging for the kitchen.

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  3. I don't mind cleaning, I just never have time! LOL

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  4. Sometimes I like to clean sometimes I don't. I find I like to clean more when my Little Bit is out of the house. I put in one of my favorite movies that I have seen a million times and listen to it very loudly while I clean.

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  5. You know what gets me motivated? That show Hoarders..omg..!

    Besides that though I love turning the music up. I get the kids into the cleaning with music and it really helps things go smoother :) or should I say cleaner? :)

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  6. haha So true! "With age you gain not only wrinkles but more rooms and more room’s means more cleaning. "

    Nice ideas! :)

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  7. I don't mind cleaning, I just can never find the time to do it. But one of my favorite things to do while cleaning is to listen to music, really loud :) My baby girl loves it too...she loves to wiggle in her chair while the music is on!

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  8. The one that works for me is I have a time limit. Like the house is showing by the realtor in 1 hour. It's amazing how fast and efficient I can clean when I have a time limit.

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  9. buying a new product and having company come over is always a great motivator.

    Also having a husband that brings company over without notice is a motivator for keeping the house clean all the time. lol

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  10. I'm SO in need of some serious cleaning motivation right now! The "company" over is a GREAT idea. That's about what it would take for me to want to move from my cozy sofa today. :)

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  11. I'm with Alison I need motivation to clean. The company or friend thing is great for me, it is the best motivator. I do need to do a better job of setting up a daily cleaning schedule though, just not a disaster plan where I deal with the everyday messes like I usually do. I like using music too. Thanks for a great and helpful post!

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  12. Ugh we so need to clean. We are in the middle of renovating our kitchen and it drives me nuts!
    I want to thank you for stopping by and sharing about the loss of your parents, my heart hurt for you. I love the red sweater though. My Grandpa wore sweaters that never matched his outfit lol. I thank God for the special memories of the special people in our lives.
    God Bless!

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  13. Oh Becky Jane, I love to clean except for the dusting...I have so many knick knacks...it takes forever to dust.....

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  14. I like the new sent... I love having the music cranked!!!!!

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  15. Those are great tips. My best motivator is the phone call Mom, Can my friends come over this afternoon? That will put me in the mood to clean real fast!

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  16. This a great motivator. Sometimes I'm great! Other times, because I work full time, blog a lot and go to the YMCA with the kids I lack. I'm still trying to find that balance. It does help because my 6 year old decided that it's FUN to help Mom! :)

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  17. Great advice...my #1 incentive is your #1 motivation....company's comin'!!! ;-)

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  18. Great advice...my #1 incentive is your #1 motivation....company's comin'!!! ;-)

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  19. I've got to admit that I love to clean mainly because of how good I feel about it after it is done. I've not ever had to motivate myself. I love to clean. Cooking is another story. :)

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  20. Yes, sometimes I buy myself a new mop or feather duster, just to spice things up a bit :). The idea about changing scents is good too, as I am a "scent person".

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  21. Hello, Sarah! The title of this post opened my curiosity of what might be the techniques to really get myself to cleaning 'cause oftentimes I'm really lazy. And you're right, inviting someone over would do for me, I've realized. -Visiting from VB.

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