If you’re like most people, you’re pretty excited that winter will come to an end soon. While you relish the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors once again, there’s still at least one thing you need to do: spring cleaning. It can be hard to find the enthusiasm to do spring cleaning when you just want to be out of your house, but getting it done is good for your physical and mental health. Let’s take a look at how to stay motivated for spring cleaning so that you can get back outside.
Know That Your Spring Cleaning Can Help Others
One of the most significant reasons to declutter and clean up your place is because of how much better it will make you feel. However, did you know that it can also be extremely beneficial to others? Obviously, the people you live with can benefit from a cleaner, less cluttered home, but spring cleaning is the perfect time to gather donations. Charitable organizations like the Purple Heart Pickup are always looking for donations of clothes and other items you would typically throw away during your spring cleaning.
Turn Your Tasks Into Games
Staying motivated to do your spring cleaning is much easier with gamification. This concept refers to turning otherwise unpleasant chores into games. Gamification of spring cleaning can make you look at them completely differently. Rather than another chore to add to the pile, consider making your cleaning a race or competition. This mindset helps you focus less on the work you do and more on the game itself.
Tie It Together With Something You Love
If you can connect spring cleaning tasks to something you love, you’ll find it much easier to stay motivated. There are lots of things you can tie into the cleaning:
- Only allow yourself to listen to music or an audiobook you love when you’re cleaning
- Reward yourself with your favorite food when you’ve cleaned for enough time
- Allow yourself to watch something you want only when you finish cleaning
This way, you may not be as motivated to clean, but you stay motivated because of the reward you’re allowing yourself during or afterward.
Don’t Cram Everything Into One Day
One way to quickly lose your motivation is to try to finish everything in one day. The lead-up to that day will make it seem like more of a nightmare than it really is, and you’ll dread all the tasks you need to do. If you spread the tasks over multiple days, those days won’t seem like a waste. As with anything, moderation is the key and can make all the difference when it comes to cleaning projects you’d rather put off.