You are always so motivating that I am hoping you can help me. It seems like I try and try to get my “chore list” done each day and it just doesn’t happen. I used to be motivated by my checklist method and I spread the tasks over several days, but that’s just not working anymore. Thoughts? -a reader
1. If It’s Not Working, Change It
At the end of last year, I switched over to a paperless planning system. I really, really wanted to make a paperless system work, as it works so well for my husband and it seems like it’s the “smart” thing to do when you’re running a business. But, after five months of really trying to make it work, it just wasn’t working.
My motto is “Do what works for you”, and while it seems like a paperless planning system works well for many people, it was pretty obvious it wasn’t working for me. So, earlier this month, I gave up on the paperless planning system (at least for now!), pulled out my homemaking binder, downloaded the Motivated Moms Printable Chore List, and started in afresh.
I’ve been amazed at how this changed has re-ignited my love of cleaning! Sometimes, a fresh change of scenery is just the boost you need to get inspired to clean again.
If your current cleaning system isn’t working, try implementing another cleaning system. If you don’t want to start from scratch, at least rotate things around a bit so that it feels new and different.
4 Different Cleaning Systems
1. A Cleaning Schedule for People Who Hate to Clean — A weekly task list you can pick and choose from depending upon your time and motivation each day. If you don’t enjoy cleaning, you’d probably be encouraged by reading Sarah Mae’s ebook, 31 Days to Clean.
2. 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home — 20 days of simple cleaning tasks to whip your house into shape. You can download a printable list or sign up for daily email reminders.
3. Motivated Moms — A year-long printable list of chores and home management tasks. I just started this two weeks ago and am loving it so far! They also recently released an app, if you’re more of the paperless type than me. 🙂
4. FlyLady — Daily email reminders and tasks to help you get rid of clutter and find more order and peace in your home.
I also have a number of free customizable home management forms you can download.
2. Get An Accountability Partner
It’s amazing how effective regular accountability can be! Find a friend or neighbor who is struggling to stay on task with keeping their home in order and ask them to be your accountability partner. Check in daily or weekly via text, email, over the phone, or in person.
Don’t know anyone locally who will be your accountability partner? There are many different online groups you could join to help you stay on task. Or, you could blog, Facebook, or tweet on a daily basis about your successes and failures.
3. Reward Yourself
Set up a reward system to celebrate your success. I’m always much more motivated when there is something to look forward to at the finish line!
My reward for accomplishing my tasks is often relaxing with a good book for 30 minutes at the end of the day. For some of you, that might not sound too exciting, but it’s something I love to do. And I can enjoy it even more when I know that my tasks are caught up!
Need some more motivation to get your house clean? Check out Having a Martha Home the Mary Way: 31 Days to a Clean House and a Satisfied Soul. Whether you feel like you feel like your house is in pretty good shape and you just need a little extra encouragement to keep it clean or whether you are buried under mountains of clutter and dirty laundry and feel helplessly overwhelmed, this ebook will bless and challenge you.
Unlike some home management books, you won’t read it and feel discouraged. Sarah Mae makes it easy, doable, fun and simple to get your house and life in order. Having a Martha Home the Mary Way: 31 Days to a Clean House and a Satisfied Soul is inspiring, motivating, and grace-filled.