How to Get Motivated to Clean when Depressed

Did you know that one-third of all couples ended a relationship due to arguments over house cleaning chores?

This is one of the reasons why you want to keep a clean house. Simply put, a clean home is a happy home.

However, cleaning is not fun. You really are just doing a chore that you will have to repeat a week later.

Don’t worry. There are some proven tricks that can help you clean your home on a regular schedule. Here’s a list of 10 ways that you can motivate yourself to clean your home.

How to Get Motivated to Clean: 10 Best Steps

1. Play Your Favorite Songs or Podcast

There is something about listening to your favorite music that gives you the energy to move.

That’s why most people listen to music while they work out. Well, the same idea can work with cleaning your home. You can create a playlist of your 10 or 20 favorite songs and get to work on cleaning your home.

You will be surprised at how fast you will be able to get your chores done.

You should really try to use high energy songs to get your body moving.

If you are not into music, then you should try listening to a podcast. Having another voice in the room while you clean keep your mind occupied while you focus on the task of cleaning your room.

2. Set a Timer

Another way to get your home clean is to try to get it done fast.

You can put a timer on your phone and try to get everything done before the time is up.

For instance, you can give yourself 10 minutes to pick up the living room and then give yourself another 10 minutes to handle the kitchen.

There is something about giving yourself a deadline that will motivate you to work faster. However, you don’t want to work too fast that you don’t do a good job with your cleaning chores.

When you start using a timer, you should test different times and see what time frame is best for you.

3. Turn Cleaning into Your Exercise Routine

Did you know that cleaning can burn calories? In fact, you can make cleaning your aerobic exercise for the week.

This may motivate you to finally get a regular cleaning schedule.

You can even wear your workout clothes and listen to your favorite songs while you are cleaning up the house.

The great thing about using cleaning as exercise is that you feel that you are getting two jobs accomplished at once.

Indeed, if you get enough of a workout cleaning the house, then you can skip that trip to the gym.

4. Reward Yourself

Another way to motivate yoruself to clean up is to give yourself a reward when you are done. Here are some of the ways that you can reward yourself after cleaning up the house:

  • Go shopping
  • Eat brunch
  • Watch your favorite TV show
  • Go to the beach
  • Visit a friend

You will want to try different types of rewards to see which one is best for you.

5. Do one small task a day.

You don’t need to get the whole house cleaned at one time.

You can set aside each day of the week to concentrate on one part of the house. That way you are only spending about 10 minutes a day cleaning the house. Over the course of the week, you can get everything done.

Here is a sample schedule that you can keep for your daily cleaning routine:

  • Monday – Living Room
  • Tuesday – Kitchen
  • Wednesday – Bedrooms
  • Thursday – Hall ways
  • Friday – Garage

By limiting yourself to cleaning just one room a day, it will never feel like yu are losing a chunk of your day to house cleaning.

6. Have a Friend Help

Hey, you can always bribe a friend to come over and help you clean for some wine and pizza.

In fact, many of your friends may like to come over just to socialize. This will help you to get the house cleaning done quicker. It can also make the house cleaning process fun.

You should make sure to invite over a close friend only. Someone who doesn’t know you too well may not be motivated to help clean up your place.

7. Use Cleaning As a Way to Redesign The Room

Admit it, you have been wanting to reorganize or redesign a part of your home for some time.

When you clean, you can take the opportunity to do some quick redesigns in your home. Here are some redesign ideas for your to consider:

  • Move furniture
  • Change position of painting on wall
  • Re-organize items on a shelf
  • Move a coffee table or an end table
  • Move the TV

You may want to try one redesign each time you clean. If you don’t like the new redesigned look, you can always move the items back to their original position.

8. Try a New Cleaning Product

There is something about trying something new that makes people feel excited.

That goes for even mundane stuff like new cleaning supplies. If you really want to motivate yourself to get some cleaning done, try buying a new floor cleaner, duster or hand vac. You will be surprised at how excited you will be to use the new product.

Also, using the new product may also give you better results when you clean up or allow you to finish your cleaning job quicker.

9. Put Cleaning On a Schedule

One of the best ways to get things done is by maintaining a schedule.

You should schedule your house cleaning at the same time each day or each week.

That way, you are likely to have the time to actually get some house cleaning done.

Setting a schedule will also prevent you from scheduling something during your cleaning time.

10. Invite a Guest To Visit

Having a guest come over is a big way to motivate you to have your house looking good.

Perhaps you can schedule a house guest to visit you every Saturday afternoon. That will give you the motivation to pick up your place on Saturday morning. You will also feel good knowing that your place looks great.

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Keep Your Home “Showroom” Ready

Once you motivate yourself to clean up, you will have a home that will look great.

You will also feel better about yourself. People tend to beat themselves up if they feel as though they don’t have the motivation or the discipline to get things done.

Also, if you live with someone, having a clean house will greatly improve the chances of having a happy living situation.

Try at least a couple of the motivational steps to get your home cleaned up on a regular basis.

You will love how great your home looks and feel better about your improved level of disapline.

Jeffery Gonzalez

I am a working-from-home dad and have always been interested in finding ways to make my home life easier and more efficient. I started Household Vision as a way to share the tips, tricks, and tools that I have found helpful in my own home. I hope that my readers will find my blog helpful and informative.