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How to Overcome Cleaning Procrastination

Procrastination is defined as, “to put off intentionally and habitually.” It's easy to procrastinate, but doing so comes with consequences. Think about it. If you go a few weeks without cleaning your bathroom, dirt, grime, and bacteria can build up. If you go a few weeks without cleaning your kitchen, it can put you at risk for food-borne illnesses. Life happens and can be very busy. Keeping a clean home is not an option, but a necessity. Every household is different. You may be single, married, or have multiple children. Whatever your story is, creating a realistic cleaning plan is vital.

To overcome cleaning procrastination, get to the root of your behavioral patterns.

Questions to ask yourself:

  1. Do I struggle with avoidance?

  2. Am I overwhelmed?

  3. Is it easier for chores to be broken down into bite-sized tasks?

  4. Is my schedule chaotic?

  5. Are the chores divided amongst those in the house?

  6. Do I have realistic cleaning expectations?

  7. Am I lazy?

  8. Do I avoid tasks because I do not like to do them?

Simple Steps to Begin

  1. Breathe. You can get it done. Develop a positive mindset.

  2. Get focused (Remove the distractions that cause you to get off course)

  3. Write a plan (the plan should be simple and realistic) Use free online tools, resources, and YouTube to assist.

  4. Break down cleaning duties into smaller, manageable tasks.

  5. Give yourself a realistic deadline.

Ask yourself these questions and implement simple steps to begin your journey to hassle-free cleaning. We hope this helps!

Lindsey Clean

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