Time Management

How To Find Housekeeping Motivation

Often in the mid-afternoon I am tempted to plop down on the couch with my phone instead of working through my to-do list. Everyone struggles with motivation at some point or another, and with household chores it can be especially hard to find the motivation for jobs that aren’t your favorite.

Here are three simple things you can do to push past the desire to be lazy and to instead, get things done!

#1 Set A Realistic Time Limit

Here’s an example of how this works for me: If it’s 1:20 and I have to sweep & mop the whole house, I’ll decide that I will work (without picking up my phone) until 2:00. At 2:00 I can stop whatever I’m doing and relax.

When I do this, I find that one of two things happen:

  • I finish my tasks and gain the motivation to keep working! I lose the desire to chill and end up accomplishing more than just that one task.
  • I finish my task in the time allotted – and then get to enjoy some down time.

Either way, it’s a win! It’s always better to do something than to do nothing.

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#2 Take A Few Minutes For Yourself

I always have more motivation when I am presentable. I find that if I get ready for the day shortly after getting up, I’m much more productive. However, sometimes I end up hot and sweaty or just disheveled by mid-afternoon (this happens a lot in the summer!) and I don’t feel like doing anything.

If I take a couple minutes to change my clothes, freshen my makeup and pull my hair back, I always feel more motivated to keep working.

#3 Make It Fun

This might not be effective for everyone, but sometimes it helps to turn on music, a funny show or a podcast to keep you going. When I clean the bathrooms, I put my Airpods in and listen to a podcast to help me stay on task.

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Keeping our homes clean is definitely a never-ending task. It can feel like pointless work when we know that it’s just going to get dirty again, but it’s important to remember that there is profit in all hard work (Proverbs 14:23).

I hope one of these tips will be helpful for you as you seek to faithfully provide a peaceful home for your family. It is work that’s worth doing! ❤


8 thoughts on “How To Find Housekeeping Motivation

  1. I am so impressed that even though you are now a family of 5 your home looks as lovely, peaceful, and tidy as ever. I use the tip about having a reward or break after a certain amount of time. I always look forward to your posts. Thanks, Whitney!


  2. These are great practical tips! I totally agree with #2!! I’m a mom of 4 kids 6 and under, and I try hard every morning to get dressed nicely– no sweats or messy buns here! It totally affects how I treat people and how energetic I feel!


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