Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Eliminate Procrastination in Cleaning!

The Cleaning Fairy is here to help you!

Tip Junkie handmade projects

Do you look around your home, and think "I wish I had a cleaning fairy!"? Well if you don't have your own cleaning fairy like so many of my clients, then you need to do it yourself. You might consider hiring someone on a one time basis just to get you started if it's really too much for you. Otherwise it's just baby steps!

If your tasks are simply overwhelming you, break them down to smaller tasks that are doable. For example, don't leave your all housework for the same day of the week, do a little bit each day.

Make lists of what have to be done and cross off the completed tasks. For example, your household list might be, laundry on Mondays, washing floors on Tuesday, cleaning the bathroom on Wednesdays and so on. If even these breakdowns are too daunting, further breakdown the tasks. If cleaning the whole bathroom at once is too much, clean the bathtub, then go relax or do something else non related that needs to be done such as picking the kids up from school and return later that day to clean the toilet and sink.

Set time limits; work on cleaning your house for 10 or 15 minutes at a time, then relax and the go back to the chores that need to be done. This technique is great for what seems to be one big unmanageable task such as spring cleaning the entire house.

Give yourself a reward for tasks accomplished. If you successfully cleaned your house, treat yourself to a dinner out. Other types of rewards could be taking a nice relaxing bubble bath, or play time on the computer.

Don't simply ignore the task, it doesn't go away just because you don't want to deal with it. Chances are, the task will worsen if you neglect it. Then your friends and neighbors will put you on one of those embarrassing shows where they find dead cats in your house because you forgot about them under the clutter... and who really wants to be on one of those?


  1. Oh boy, how I procrastinate let me count the ways. My biggest thing is starting too many projects at once. I really need to stop doing that!

  2. I could spend all day reading DIY blogs and not cleaning if I wasn't careful!

  3. I am now following you back! I am super excited to learn more about cleaning and organization... I need it!

  4. Thank you for the tips! New follower, hope you follow me back.

  5. Great tips! I am definitely one that has to take it one little task at a time!!! Still working on it but I'm getting there!

  6. I need a laundry fairy :)

    I found your blog on Made in a Day's blog hop and am your newest follower :)

  7. I found you once upon a time by accident and logged in and just found you again by accident when cleaning up. !.! .! The computer task bar. :(

    I am what is called a multi tasking creative procrastinator. I get lots done while avoiding my original objective of cleaning the house.

    Question is, Is there hope for a hamster like me?

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