Thursday, February 2, 2012

Psychology of Cleaning

Judah was down for his mid-morning nap and Savvy was out in the living room with Glenn. I went in the bedroom to do some cleaning and just jumped into bed for a minute, not to sleep, but to just lay there. (that is what happens when your kids wake up at around 6 every morning and you go to bed at 12 every night) I was thinking about how I needed to get some cleaning done today and I thought about what to tackle first...I thought back about other ways I have organized my cleaning when a big job is to be done. There are two things that you can do first to help you get motivated to clean. The first is to make your bed. If you walk into your room and there is laundry to fold, and toys in your room, make your bed and it seems like half of the work is done and creates a huge difference immediately. The second, although not as fast to do, is the dishes! If you have a clean sink and no dishes on the counter all of the sudden you have more motivation to clean the rest. Sometimes cleaning is mental!! The rest of the cleaning will not be so bad because it will appear so much cleaner already.

Those are my thoughts on the psychology of cleaning! Maybe it is different for you, but it works for me. I think I will go make my bed now! : )

5 comments:

The Oyler's said...

I agree with you 100%! If I don't make my bed in the morning, my whole aapartment seems to get so much worse throughout the day! And everything just seems way cleaner when the dishes are done! Thanks for sharing:)

Kensie Cook said...

wow! that makes so much sense! you're so freakin smart! thanks for sharing this!

Pace and Juliana said...

that's some great insight! The bed thing makes a lot of sense because making a bed is so easy, but for me, after I do the dishes I am so DONE, lol. I usually can either clean the dishes or the rest of the kitchen, but not both at the same time.

Lisa said...

I feel that way when doing the dishes. Once I get the dishes done and sink cleared,almost 90% of the time I clean the whole kitchen and dining room. It makes it easier to clean the rest. Now as for the bed making, that doesn't really help me! :) Because once I see the bed made it makes everything stand out that isn't clean and makes me even more overwhelmed and less motivated to clean it!

Shelise said...

Two things I totally agree with. Every morning the first thing I do is make the bed. I try really hard to not walk out of my room without it made and it makes me feel so much better. Also, I absolutely do not go to bed with dishes in the sink. I hate waking up to dirty dishes and when it does happen on a rare occasion I feel like my whole day starts off BAD. So... I agree. Thanks for the reminder of why I do it though.