10 Ways to Clean When You Have No Motivation

Sometimes the best of us want to have that clean, clutter free house. We want the benefits of feeling better that come with a decluttered home. Unfortunately, for many of us, it can be tough to know where to start. There have been so many studies that prove that a cluttered home can actually aid in depression. So what do you do when you feel stuck? How do you start decluttering and cleaning when you just don’t have the motivation? Well, I have put together some practical tips to help get you started.

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Give yourself a stopping point

Have you ever noticed that clutter overwhelm kicks in and all you can do is stare at the mess thinking, “Oh ma gosh, this is going to take me forrrreeevvverrrr!!” ?

If you can totally relate to that then why not spare yourself to procrastination trauma and just set a tiny goal that has “]-an end point. In other words, set a small time goal that you can stick to and that won’t make you feel crazy overwhelmed.

Here are some genius ideas for how to set a cleaning time limit:

  • Set a goal to clean for 3 songs on your favorite playlist (then at leasts you’ve got some background music)
  • Pop in a favorite old TV show (one you already know by heart) and clean while you let it play
  • Just set a good old fashioned timer. Easy.

Watch someone else declutter

You know when you were a kid and you’d watch a movie about karate or gymnastics or something and then all of a sudden you were begging your parents to join a dojo? That’s because monkey-see-monkey-do is a very real thing!

Maybe you’re not totally psyched up just yet to start cleaning your entire house, why not watch someone else do it for a while?

Sometimes seeing the before and after videos on YouTube or Netflix can get those juices flowing and encourage you to get off your booty and start cleaning too!

Juts pay attention to how many episodes you watch. We all know a quick glimpse for inspiration can easily turn into a binge watch session in no time!

Clean while you cook

Did you juts pop something into the oven? Microwave? InstaPot? Airfryer?

No matter how long or short of a time you might have before the timer goes off on your yummy dish, take this time to go on a power clean.

Maybe that just means wiping down the counter tops (we all hate cluttered counter tops, right?), putting away the clean dishes or switching the load of laundry from the washer to the dryer.

In fact, you’d be surprised just how much cleaning damage you could do with only a few minutes in the microwave! Seriously!

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Try text accountability

Maybe it would be crazy awesome to just make a small pact with a close friend. Each day you both choose one tiny area of your house to tidy up and/or declutter (think junk drawer, closet, fridge).

To keep it simple, agree that your cleaning capades never take more than 10 minutes!

Every day snap a picture of your newly cleaned space to keep one another motivated, on track and feeling accomplished!

This can be such a low maintenance way to have an accountability partner without feeling like you need to commit to anything huge or life-altering. You’re just trying to be less messy…together.

The bare minimum is the new power cleaning

Just like we tend to over-think our cleaning and decluttering process, we often make our to-do list way too big.

Chances are you have spent all day making a mental note of all the things you need to fix, clean or tidy. All of a sudden it feels like you have a list that is like 8 miles long and you just keep adding to it!

Yes, you might ultimately want to give your entire house a makeover, but for now just start with the bathroom. Heck, just start by eliminating any old product in your bathroom cupboard.

From there you can work to organizing your makeup, then under the sink.

Make the big goal in your head way smaller. Let yourself know it’s ok to do the bare minimum! No one is expecting you to win an award for the best cleaner in the world. Pick on tiny area of focus, give it a half-assed attempt and let that be enough.

Who knows, after you get started maybe you’ll have gained a little more motivation to move onto the next thing. Maybe not. It doesn’t matter.

These 10 super simple tips will help out when you have no motivation to clean. Decluttering and cleaning doesn't have to be hard. I promise.
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Become a trash master

You know that itchy desire you get to just start tossing things? Yeah, I think you should totally run with that idea.

If the mood strikes you and you get to the boiling point where you feel like you can’t look at the mess around you for one more second…don’t!

Grab that garbage bag and just start tossing. Just go. The more you think about it, the more you will second guess it all when we all know your initial instinct is usually the right one!

And hey, did you know you could actually make money with some of your garbage? Yeah, seriously! Before you are quick to toss out things like old electronics, furniture or even books, take a quick pause to see what these items might be worth if you were to sell them online!

Think you might be into making extra cash selling trash? Check out the Trash to Cash course that teaches you how to find the right stuff to sell and where to sell it for the best profit!

Have a dump bin

One of the bets low maintenance cleaning tips I have ever heard is to simply have a dump bin in your home at all times!

This could be a box, a bin, a bag…anything you want that you can leave open to clutter at all times.

If you or members of your family come across something you no longer feel like you need, simply drop it off in the “dump bin.”

Set a time at the end of the month to donate anything that has been left in the dump bin. This can be a great way to clear through clutter quicker without having to make a big fuss about decluttering!

These 10 super simple tips will help out when you have no motivation to clean. Decluttering and cleaning doesn't have to be hard. I promise.


If you still need to declutter your closet or clean out the garage, get yourself in the habit of not buying anything new to fill up these spaces.

Often times when we feel stressed or depressed, our first thought is to give in to our bad little habits. For most of us, shopping is one of those bad habits!

Remind yourself that purchasing anything new is working against your cause, especially if you are battling a lot of clutter. Before you buy anything new, make it a goal to clean through the space in your home where you’ll be placing the item.

The best thing you can do is learn to shop smarter (and outsmart the system) so you can have a home that is filled with only the things you love! Click here to check out The Shopaholic Solution

and learn how to do exactly that!

Consider a smaller space

Like I said, cleaning a bigger house is going to take more time and effort. Do you think you and your family are ready for a downsize? Would that improve not only your cleaning times but your relationships as well?

I’m not saying downsizing is for everyone, but it’s often a solution that is the least considered.

For us downsizing not only cut back on our cleaning times, but it created more time for us as a family, improved our relationships and helped us get right with our finances. Is downsizing right for you?

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