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How to clean when you’re tired and unmotivated

You need to clean your home, but you really don’t want to. You’ve been working a lot or you’ve taken care of the kids all day. Maybe anxiety and/or depression stops you in your tracks. Whatever the reason, you’re simply not motivated to even THINK  about cleaning but it’s gotta get done. Take a deep breath. You can do this – sometimes you just need a small change and you’re on your way, cleaning again.


Start with a list…

First things first. Make a to-do list of everything you want to get done. Next, Decide on the top 3-5 things you NEED to get done today. You want to knock out the hardest tasks, or tasks you hate the most, first so that you can easily knock out your entire list. The other items on your list will seem so easy when you’ve taken care of the harder tasks first.

Focus on those top 3-5 and don’t beat yourself up for not doing the whole list. That can be saved for next time.

Music is a must…

Great music with some beat can get you going and moving in a positive direction. If it makes you want to dance that’s even better! Pick something you enjoy or music that makes you move.

I love to listen to all sorts of things while I clean, so don’t feel like it needs to be music. Your favorite podcast or youtube channel will work just as well.

Lace-up your shoes…

Back in the day (like waaaay back in the day right before I got married) I joined and followed a website/blog called the FlyLady. She was the master of cleaning and decluttering (still is, actually!) Her Fly Lady Starter basics included “getting dressed to the shoes.”  Her reason? It means you’re ready for anything and you’ll get more done.

Here’s a quote from the original article:

Putting shoes on your feet that lace up are better than slip-on or sandals because they are harder to take off. Instead of kicking your shoes off for a quick snooze on the couch, you actually have to go through a bit more trouble to get them off. Maybe in that short instant, you will realize that there is something more that you can do. With shoes on those feet of yours, your mind says “OK, it’s time to go to work.” You have no excuse for not taking the trash out or putting that box of give-away stuff into the car. You are literally ready for anything. Believe me, when you get that call from school that your child needs you or that dear friend calls up and says that she needs to talk, “Can we have lunch?” you are ready! Including shoes.

-Fly Lady

Since then, I’ve always worn my shoes to clean. Especially the kitchen. There is just something about cleaning in there that requires shoes and not my slipper socks.  I have, however, changed the shoes that are allowed in the house. So I have lace up shoes that are inside only… just for cleaning because we do not wear shoes in the house otherwise. {It keeps the floors cleaner!}

Boost your energy levels…

Enjoy a high protein snack before you get started. The protein will give you a natural energy boost. A handful of nuts, some beef jerky, or even a glass of milk can boost your energy levels enough to get you started. As far as caffeine goes.. avoid a bunch, but a hot cup of coffee wouldn’t hurt. Tons of sugar will make you crash later though.

Set a timer…

I use this a lot with my kiddo. He always feels overwhelmed by cleaning his room {which tells me he owns too much stuff} or his other chores. He feels defeated before he even starts. So we compromised at first. I set a timer and said he only had to clean up his room for 15 minutes. Once he was started he actually just kept cleaning after the timer went off because he already had the momentum from starting in the first place.

Set a timer and just see how much you can get done in 15 minutes. Start a load of laundry, start some dishes in the dishwasher and then clean one other thing while those are going… that’s THREE things done. Then take a break. It’s easy to work faster when you have a deadline. You’re also giving yourself permission to get as much stuff done as possible and then stop if you need to, so at least you got something accomplished which feels oh-so-good. and maybe it’s a day that you only get the laundry started and the dishes going and maybe you vacuumed that living room rug. Great! You got something done!

Lastly, Just get started…

Intertia is a property of matter {Thanks Bill Bye!} meaning when in motion an object wants to stay in motion.  Have you ever had to push a car that stopped working? You know how tough it is at first but once it’s rolling it’s easier to keep it rolling then to stop and start again? Yea, that’s inertia.

What’s this science lesson have to do with you? Simply, start one thing. Just one, no matter how small and you’ll get rolling and it will become easier and easier to stay motivated. {It will be more difficult to stop as well! You’re welcome!}

Thoughts? Comments? Leave them below!

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Until next time!





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