Keeping my home clean has felt overwhelming for years. I look around and see so many areas that need attention, and I’m daunted, so I put it off.
Weeks or even months go by until, perhaps we’re having company or hosting a party, and life necessitates the dreaded duty of cleaning.
Or perhaps I get motivated and finally clean the house one day, simply for the benefit of my family and me. That’s always nice. However, those moments are few and far between.
Either way, the overarching truth for many of us is…
- We feel overwhelmed by the uncleanliness of our home and therefore procrastinate cleaning
- We clean in spurts, as we feel motivated, and not nearly often enough to have the clean home we desire
- We clean for company, making the show of hospitality a massive chore which leads us to avoid it
If that’s you, can I share with you a simple philosophy that has lifted this burden of overwhelm from my shoulders?
When it comes to cleaning your home, change your mindset about when you expect yourself to do things. Tell yourself,
If you’ve noticed it, the time to clean it is now.
- The hand prints on the glass door? Grab the Windex.
- The cobweb on the ceiling? Grab a Kleenex.
- The grim in the bottom of the trashcan? Run some water and dish soap in it now, even as you take the trash out and pack lunches. Don’t delay.
Rather than letting tasks pile up for some hypothetical “cleaning day,” all while adding subconscious stress to my shoulders as I live with greasy fingerprints, I address them one at a time as they come up.
If I can’t get to it immediately, I do it when I can, within the next few days.
These little tasks pretty well replace the need for cleaning binges.
And I feel more free to offer hospitality. It’s no longer the burden that it once was.
For me, this philosophy has greatly reduced my home-cleaning stress. I’m motivated by goals, so now when I notice something needing attention, I force myself to stop and give it (at least most of the time). I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a work in progress when it comes to housework!
This way of thinking has also infiltrated itself into other areas of my day-to-day life. For example, my flowers actually look quite nice this year. When I’ve noticed them, I’ve watered them.
Put this policy in place, and then do it! Don’t let yourself off the hook.
You’ll find yourself feeling pretty good about the state of your home, and you’ll be right!