As a 22 year old young woman, living in an apartment with her two cats…I sometimes find motivation to keep my place clean.
I honestly didn’t realize how hard it would be to keep up with basic cleanliness when I moved in but let me tell you, I was in for a rude awakening.
A little over a year ago I upraised from a one floor, two bedroom, apartment I shared with friends… to a two floor, two bedroom, fully carpeted apartment just me and my cats.
If you have ever lived with carpet, you know it can be a pain in the butt (Ive broken three vacuums since moving here) not to mention it traps cat hair like crazy.
To get to the point, I struggled to get motivated to clean so Ive come up with a few tips on how to get through it and not procrastinate!
Tip 1. Set a Timer
When you’re sitting on the computer or just chilling and doing nothing, set a 15 minute timer and see what you can get done in that time. I have surprised myself with how quickly I cleaned up and how much I actually get done in the 15 minutes. This really puts into perspective what you can do when you put your mind to it.
Tip 2. Take a second to acknowledge how great it feels to have a clean space
I know when my house is clean, my mind is as well. With that, when my house is cluttered, I am definitely more stressed. Whenever I take time to deep clean my place I take a moment to look at the finished product and just feel the relief of a clean home. Whenever I cannot get motivated to clean I recall how great it feels when I actually get it done.
Tip 3. Little by Little
If you do a few things every day, every week, you wont really have to deep clean a ton at a time.
Throughout the week I get busy with work and life that things add up and next thing I know is my place is a MESS. To combat this Ive started doing little tasks one at a time, throughout the week, to keep it more clean. I am also more mindful of putting things where they belong when Im done with them…dishes in the dishwasher, clothes in the hamper, etc.
Tip 4. Set a Schedule
Going along with tip 3, if you set a schedule to do little things everyday, every week, and every month, it will be easier to get around to it,
When I have other things going on I tend to put cleaning at the bottom of my list, I make the excuse that I don’t have time.
In reality I do, and by physically putting it in my schedule and booking out a specific time to do a specific task, I will get more done.
For example, on Sundays I do laundry, this keeps me on track for the coming week.
Another example is that over the weekend I am home more which means I eat more meals at home and acquire more dirty dishes, if I have enough to do a whole load in the dishwasher, I will try to get that done Monday night.
Tip 5. Love your space
The more you appreciate your space, the more inclined you will be to keep it clean. If you aren’t totally in love with your place, try decorating and organizing differently (Winter decor post to come) I know that as I started decorating and making this place mine, I was more excited to keep it looking pretty.
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