4 Sure Ways to Remove Resistance to Spring Cleaning This Year!

I always try to look for signs of resistance of why I am not getting something done that I want to get done, or know that I need to get done, and then figure out what is causing that resistance. Especially when it comes to a bigger task such as Spring cleaning. I have found 4 major things that kill my cleaning motivation. Once they were removed, and I found a solution the resistance annual spring cleaning seemed like a much easier, and lighter, task to accomplish.

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Idea #1: I spend time picking up the house before I clean. There is nothing that kills motivation faster than looking at a mess and thinking to yourself that this is never going to get done. And I don’t blame you. There is nothing more discouraging, or overwhelming, than looking at a task that seems bigger because of additional work that needs to be done to accomplish it! I would recommend spending some time making sure that at least everything is picked up off the floor and tidy enough so that entering a room isn’t a source of feeling defeated before you even started before starting the Spring cleaning process.

One way the kids help is with laundry in our home. The kids put their own dirty clothes in the laundry room where I sort and wash them. Then we bring the clean clothes back into their room where they are learning to sort, fold, and put the clothes away themselves. It isn’t perfect but they do such a good job! I try to encourage my children and see how much they can do. If they can do a task we go through a learning process. If they can’t then, depending on the task, I will do it or assist them in the task. The goal though is to cleaning together. And to learn together.

One way the kids help is with laundry in our home. The kids put their own dirty clothes in the laundry room where I sort and wash them. Then we bring the clean clothes back into their room where they are learning to sort, fold, and put the clothes away themselves. It isn’t perfect but they do such a good job! I try to encourage my children and see how much they can do. If they can do a task we go through a learning process. If they can’t then, depending on the task, I will do it or assist them in the task. The goal though is to cleaning together. And to learn together.

Idea #2: Enlist the families help! It has always has seem pretty unreasonable for me that only one or a couple people (generally the adults in the home) do all of the house cleaning. Depending on the age of your children enlist their help! Find age appropriate tasks and have them do one thing at a time or have them join you in your own task so you can all can complete a task together! Cleaning and picking up together is a great way for children to learn valuable lessons from their parents as well as spend time together as a family!

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Idea #3: Clean by room. Any one else get super distracted when they are cleaning?! If I walk out of a room I see a hundred other tasks that need to get accomplished and I start down the rabbit hole of only do one other random thing real quick. Nothing is more exhausting than getting sidetracked and moving from one end of the house to the other to accomplish a different tasks. Before I start cleaning, my mindset is that I will not leave this room unless I really need to and then I will come right back again without doing something else! I even start a pile for items that don’t belong in the room and I place it right outside the room to be deal with later.

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Idea #4: Decide to tackle smaller tasks first! Another motivation killer to me is starting bigger tasks and feeling totally overwhelmed by them! I start with the smaller rooms in the house and then let the momentum of accomplishment motivate me to the next task! Today I spent one hour cleaning the laundry room. I feel so excited with how clean it came out and that I have a clear vision on some changes that need to be made in the future. Instead of feeling overwhelmed I am getting excited about feeling the same way about every room in the house once I have finished my Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist. And I am especially excited by some positive changes in this space that have become clearer to me once the room was completely cleaned!

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I hope these were helpful to you all in removing resistance that gets in the way of goals we want to accomplish. If any one can think of other types of resistance that we can find solutions to let me know in the comments below.

Happy Spring Cleaning!!




Love,

The Semi-Minimalist