How To Get Motivated To Clean & Declutter Your Home

Updated on August 22, 2020

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Are you tired of all the mess around you but can’t get motivated to clean?

Is your home filled with tons of stuff that you don’t actually need, like or use?

Living in a cluttered environment drains your energy so no wonder it’s hard for you to get motivated.

But the thing is – the sooner you take care of the mess, the sooner you’re able to breathe easier and lower your stress levels.

The only question is… How do you get motivated to clean & declutter?

There are a few tactics I found to be very useful when it comes to cleaning and decluttering your home.

They are easy and make the whole process much more fun, so it doesn’t feel like a huge chore.

If you’re facing a lot of cleaning, decluttering or organizing work, they can help you get motivated and go through everything faster too!

Sounds cool?

Let’s take a look at them!


How To Get Motivated To Clean & Declutter Your Home


1. Write down all the benefits.


To get motivated, you need to prep your mindset. It’s hard to get motivated when you’re focusing on the hard part – how long it will take, how boring it will be, how tired you are right now… If you keep thinking about that, you’re just sabotaging your effort to get started.

Instead, think of the benefits you will gain if you’ve cleaned and decluttered your home.

Here are a few examples:

  • Cleaner, pleasant environment.
  • Better mood.
  • Feeling of accomplishment.
  • Happier family.
  • Easier living.
  • Less overwhelm.
  • Feeling of wellness.
  • Lighter mind.
  • Healthier living conditions.
  • More time to do something you like.
  • Easier maintenance.

If you can, write all the benefits down to let them sink in. 


2. Prepare everything you need.


To help yourself get motivated, you should also make the process easier – as much as it’s possible. 

In case of cleaning or decluttering, it means gathering all the tools you might need in one place. Preferably – something that can move with you, like a cleaning caddy or a plastic box with wheels.

Try to gather all the things you might need:


  • Multipurpose or specific cleaners.
  • Washcloths.
  • Dusters.
  • Garbage bags.
  • Scrubbers.
  • Microfiber cloths.
  • Glass cleaner.
  • Air fresheners.
  • Rubber gloves.


  • Bags.
  • Boxes.
  • Jars.
  • Containers.
  • Organizers.
  • Pouches.

Having everything you need near you will save you a lot of energy and make the whole process faster and easier.

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3. Buy something new for your home.


Often people suggest to set a reward for yourself and get it once you’ve finished a particular task.

But in case of cleaning and decluttering, I recommend to do a reverse rewarding and buy something for your home before you start tidying up.

This works as motivation because you get a new, exciting item for your home but in order to use it (or at least to enjoy it fully), you need to make your place clean and tidy first.

Here’s an example.

Imagine yourself buying a beautiful piece of wall art. It’s big, it’s lovely, the style is just perfect, and you want to put it on display right away.

And, of course, you can hang it right away but will it feel good to see that piece in the middle of the mess? Not really.

Now imagine the same piece in a perfectly clean, cozy and decluttered room, with dimmed lighting, flower buckets, and scented candles… Feels amazing right?

And it motivates you even more if you already have that wall art in your hands. It makes you want to clean and declutter everything ASAP so you can start enjoying ýour new stuff and the coziness it adds to the room.

So go shopping and buy something that would enhance your home or you’re time at home, like:

  • Decor items.
  • New home clothes.
  • New slippers.
  • Flowers (either picked or potted).
  • Home scents.
  • Lighting items (I go crazy for LED light garlands!)
  • Candles.
  • Stylish pillows.
  • New bedding set.
  • Towels.

You don’t have to spend a lot – even one or two items can spark up your excitement and motivate you to make everything cleaner and cozier.

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Cleaning, organizing, decluttering… All of these things can be pretty enjoyable! I personally love to clean but, like all humans, I get lazy too. Fortunately, these tactics help me to jump into the cleaning mode every time.

Let’s recap them! To get motivated to clean & declutter your home, try to:

1. Write down all the benefits.

2. Prepare everything you might need.

3. Buy something new for your home.

Trying one of them can be enough, but trying all three is even more effective.

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