We all know that keeping an immaculate house is not my thing. One thing I fail to do is tidy up each day. (Working on it–and improving.)
But I do know myself and how to keep myself motivated–or rather, how to keep myself in check.
Here are some tricks I am using to keep myself on track. I begin these tricks after I complete a major decluttering (which sadly, has to be done every few months.)
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Four ways to stay motivated to clean
Schedule play dates or parties
Back when I started tricking myself into being a better homemaker, I started with a major decluttering project to prepare for Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving, I threw a spa party and had a few girlfriends come over for facials and foot soaks. There is nothing like expecting guests to get me to clean!
My goal is to have my home always guest ready but I am definitely not there yet.
Tracking for success
This year is all about balance for me. I noticed that when it comes to my blog, I constantly watch my analytics. When it comes to my workouts, I am motivated by both the analytics from my Fitbit Blaze. I also log my meals into My fitness pal and those stats are integrated with the Fitbit analytics.
But I have no log or accountability plan (or metrics) for my housekeeping progress. (Is there an app for that? If you know of a good one, please please please share in the comments!)
Until I find an app, I will log what rooms/areas/tasks I have completed to remind me of where the holes are in my plan. Once the office, laundry room, and my bedroom are decluttered and reorganized I will move to one of the more common housekeeping routine checklists.
No, I am not talking about looking in a mirror and telling myself I am the Queen of Clean! That would make me laugh every morning. I remind myself and the kids out loud how the living room and kitchen looked right before the guests arrived and how much we liked it. The whole family. It was less stressful for the family when the room was picked up and tidy.
We have a no toys left in the living room over night rule. Toys left out get thrown out. (I haven’t had to throw any out yet.) I despise the idea of tossing out toys I spent good money on but if I need to do it, I will.
The piles of laundry are no longer as large since my kids use their homemade folding boards to help with it.
We also know that we will eventually move into a different house. Just the thought of packing all the extra clutter I have amassed is enough to make several dozen trips to Goodwill’s donation center that much more appealing!
Buy something new
This tip won’t work for everyone that struggles with housekeeping. It worked for me because my children are now of an age that they understand and follow rules much better than when they were younger (they are 6 and 7 now).
After the carpet was replaced, we instituted the no food or drinks in the living room rule. Not wanting to spend money on carpet again anytime soon totally motivated me to remain consistent with that rule! When we finally replaced our ratty couch, the desire to keep the living room clean was reinforced.
Are you a disorganized person struggling to keep a tidy and organized home? If so, what are some of the tricks you use to keep on track? Or are you a person that likes to tidy up?
And if your house never seems to look like a home magazine spread, give yourself some grace.
We, as a society, place unrealistics demands on mothers. It’s time to step back and remember what is important. What will you be remembering on your deathbed? Will you be thinking of how clean your house was or will you be looking back on the times you spent enjoying life with your family?