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How can I get motivated to clean my house?

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KnickersOnMaHead Mon 08-Sep-08 11:06:33

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TheProvincialLady Mon 08-Sep-08 11:10:34

Well a certain amount of it is just getting off your arse and doing it. No one can do that for you! Something that works for me is writing a list the night before of jobs I am going to tackle and then working through it as quickly as I can before having a rest and a treat, eg read some of my book ro ring a friend. I also find that aiming to do one room at a time to a reasonable standard is more satisfying and motivating than tatting round the corners of all the rooms to little effect.

Elasticwoman Mon 08-Sep-08 11:12:37

1) invite some one round, giving yourself an hour or so to tart place up before she arrives
2) promise yourself a treat eg cup of tea after completing one or two chores.

missingtheaction Mon 08-Sep-08 11:12:46

write a list of benefits of tidying up. 'when the house is tidy/clean I feel xxx and I don't feel xxx'.

sort out what really makes you happy/gets you down, and concentrate on those jobs

If you can't think of anything to say then dont bother tidying!

Ledodgy Mon 08-Sep-08 11:13:53

Just do one thing first I find once i've got off my arse to do one thing I get motivated to do the rest.

KnickersOnMaHead Mon 08-Sep-08 11:17:12

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Geepers Mon 08-Sep-08 11:17:48

set a timer for say 15 minutes and do as much as possible without stopping

if you are watching tv, always get up and do a job during the commercial break

never step over something that needs doing. Pick up teh pile of washing/the mug that needs washing etc as you go past.

Niecie Mon 08-Sep-08 11:20:39

Posting only to bookmark thread in the hope of great ideas on how to restore some order to the bombsite I call 'home'.

Don't even have the wits to do a 'to do' list which has worked in the past. I don't want to lose the momentum of having free time at last (DS2 started school for the first time today) but I just don't know where to start.

I am not helped by the fact that the dishwasher and the hoover are both on the blink and making life difficult.

KnickersOnMaHead Tue 09-Sep-08 16:35:36

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Seeline Tue 09-Sep-08 16:45:19

Knickers - your house must have been in pretty good shape if you managed all that before bed. I'm in Niecie's position - DD starts on thursday so I will ahve no more excuses not to do the housework! Although she doesn't go full-time until 6 Oct..... wink

KnickersOnMaHead Tue 09-Sep-08 16:52:55

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