Your home should be a peaceful, relaxing place. You should feel comfortable and enjoy spending time there, but for those of us who struggle with messiness, that’s not always the case. Sometimes the clutter can feel overwhelming and you just want to escape. I know that feeling well – standing in the middle of your messy kitchen (or living room, or bathroom) and just wanting to run away. It can be almost paralyzing.
For us (people who are naturally messy), learning to keep things clean is more difficult, but it definitely can be done. It just takes an intentional plan.
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When you are surrounded by mess, it is so hard to concentrate on anything which makes it even more difficult to tackle the mess. It’s a vicious cycle.
I created this step by step guide to help you clean your home and conquer the mess once and for all. Follow the simple steps below and transform your home into a comfortable, calm place you want to be in.
How to Clean Your Home When the Mess is Overwhelming
1. Write Down Your Goal
Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at the Dominican University in California, recently completed a study on goal setting. She found that when people write their goals down regularly they are 42% more likely to achieve them. It’s a simple thing to do and the results can be huge!
If you struggle with messiness, it is important to set a cleaning goal for yourself. When you are writing your goal, make sure to include these three things:
– Describe your life now.
– Why do you want to change your cleaning habits?
– How will your life be different when you achieve your house cleaning goals?
Having a thoughtful, written-down goal is the first big step you need to take to achieve a clean, comfortable home.
2. Create a Cleaning Schedule.
Check this out:
I created this printable daily cleaning schedule to help you put your home organization goals into action. There is a notes section where you can write your goal and then a simple daily and weekly schedule.
Print out this daily cleaning schedule and hang it on the fridge (or somewhere you’re sure to see it), to help keep you avoid overwhelm and help keep you motivated.
3. Stick to It
When you are just starting out, it’s easy to find motivation. You have a goal and you’re excited to achieve it! But after a few days or weeks, it is normal to lose focus. To help stay motivated, it’s important to remind yourself why you are doing this. Re-read your goal often (keep it out where you see it everyday). You want a clean, comfortable home for you and your family. That’s an awesome goal!
Setting up rewards is another way to keep yourself motivated. For example, you could hire a maid to deep clean your home once a month or splurge on something beautiful for your home. Whatever it is, find something that excites you and helps you to stick to your daily cleaning schedule.
Even if you are the messiest person ever, you can learn to keep your home clean. Simply set your goal, create a plan, and stick to it. It takes commitment, but the reward – a clean, comfortable home – is SO worth the effort.
Okay, let’s get to work! Write down your goal, print out the daily cleaning schedule, and stick to it. You got this!
Talk to Me: What is your greatest struggle when it comes to keeping your home clean?
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