How do you end cleaning procrastination? Have you always wanted to think about cleaning and truthfully say “I love to clean and I’m so good at it”?
Today’s the day to learn how to do that. Cleaning doesn’t have to be hard and even kids can learn this trick. When you’re done cleaning, you will say “That was easy and it looks so nice.”
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Hey there, I’m Angela Brown, and this is Ask a House Cleaner. This is a show where you get to ask a house cleaning question, and I get to help you find an answer. You can find this and 400 other answered questions in this series on our YouTube channel.
How Do You End Cleaning Procrastination?
How do you end cleaning procrastination? This is where you don’t like to clean, so you push it off. And then, you still don’t like to clean, so you push it off a little bit more. And then, soon your house is a mess. You have no idea why your house is a mess, but it’s really hard to live in a messy house and it’s even harder to clean.
Now, there’s somebody that wrote into the show and she asked this question and I want to read it, so I don’t miss anything. She says, “I’m severely depressed. Cleaning isn’t even the last thing on my mind. It’s not even there. How does anyone get the motivation to clean? Every time I clean, I can only manage to do it for a short period of time, and it takes me a while to do anything anyway. And then, I’m tired and I may not even have finished one room. And then, I leave the rest. It may take me a day or more, or maybe I’ll go weeks and not even do the dishes. I can’t get back up and get to cleaning again. I don’t know how to break the cycle, and I have two young kids.”
This is Cleaning Procrastination
Okay. The first thing I want to say is this is what we call cleaning procrastination. It’s hard to clean. It’s not fun. It makes you tired. You want to go do something else that’s more fun, so you push it off. The problem is this. Cleaning is hard. I agree, it’s hard. Cleaning is hard. Most people don’t enjoy it, so they like to push it off.
Well, living in a dirty house is also hard. You have to trip over things and then you get allergies because there are so much dust and dog hair lying around. Your eyes turn bloodshot, and your nose clogs up and you can’t breathe. You just feel horrible. It is hard to live in a messy house. You can’t even find things when you need them, so then you have a tendency to go buy more things to replace the ones you can’t find.
And then, your house turns into clutter, because you have too much stuff, and you can’t find any of it anyway. It’s just hard. My suggestion is you got to pick your hard. Are you going to pick the hard job of house cleaning? Are you going to pick the hard job of living in a messy house? You get a choice. Pick your hard. Okay?
Everybody Procrastinates at Something
The first thing that we’re going to do is we’re going to talk about procrastination, because everybody, this is not just you, everybody has something they procrastinate at. It’s one of those things like, “Well, I don’t really like doing it. I’m not good at it, so I’m just going to push it off for a little bit.” And we either never get good at it, or we have this mental block that just keeps getting bigger and bigger, like a great big brick wall.
I want to stop for a second. I want to say, everybody starts at ground zero. You take somebody that won the Tour de France. They didn’t start out being a pro on a bicycle. They started out with training wheels, and they were all wobbly and they didn’t have their balance.
Nobody Starts Out as a Pro
The more they did it, the more proficient they became. You look at Michael Phelps, who has won 23 gold medals for swimming. He did not start out as a pro swimmer.
He started out probably gulping water in the deep end, treading water like, “Ugh, I hope I don’t drown.” Right? We all start out from ground zero, and then we get better at it.
What we’re going to do, is we’re going to reframe the way you feel about cleaning. Because cleaning, like I said, can be hard and not so much fun. Most people don’t enjoy it.
Print Yourself Out a Reminder Message
What I want you to do is this, it’s an exercise that’s absolutely free. And while it may sound insane, it is no more insane than living in a messy house. It’s free, it costs you nothing to do it. What I want you to do is this. I want you to go to a printer, and I want you to print out this message. It says, “I love to clean and I’m so good at it.“
I want you to put that phrase one time on a piece of paper, and I want you to blow it up. And I want you to print up to 100 copies. Then, I want you to go back to the house, and I want you to tape one on every wall in your house, so that everywhere you turn, you can’t get away from it. And it says, “I love to clean and I’m so good at it.”
I want you to put one on each of the back of the bathroom doors, so when you close the bathroom door, it says, “I love to clean and I’m so good at it.” What’s going to happen is this. Every time you see that message, even if you don’t read it, your unconscious mind sees it and picks it up.
Remove One Brick From Your Wall at a Time
And what’s going to happen is it’s going to start removing a brick from this great big wall that says, “I don’t like to clean.” It’s going to start removing a brick at a time until finally the wall is gone. Here’s the next step of the exercise. When you do clean … You said sometimes you do clean. Sometimes it takes you days to do it, but you do clean.
When the project is done, and it can be something as simple as you washed a couple of dishes, I want you to say, “That was easy. And it looks so nice.” And I want you to say it out loud. Here’s the reason why. When you say it out loud, it does something to your conscious and your unconscious mind.
Your unconscious mind is aware of it, but your conscious mind just acknowledged it. “Oh, wow. That was easy. And it looks so nice.” But guess what? Your two children are going to also hear it. And they’re going to grow up in a home where when you wash the dishes, you say, “That was easy and it looks so nice.” And you make the bed and you say, “Wow, that was easy. And it looks so nice.” They’re going to say, “I want to help.” And as they get older and they are old enough to help, they’re going to start making the bed.
Your Kids Will Get Really Good at Cleaning Up
Guess what they’ll say when they do it? “That was easy. And it looks so nice.” And when you clean up the shower in the morning, and you pick up all the toys and you put the towels away and you put the clothes in the hamper, “Wow, that was easy. And it looks so nice.” They’re going to say, “I want to help.” And if they’re old enough to help, they’ll start putting stuff in the hamper and they’ll start hanging up the towels.
They’ll put the bath toys away when they’re done with their baths. And guess what they’ll say? They won’t go, “I didn’t want to do that.” They’ll say, “That was easy and it looks nice.” You guys can give each other high fives when you brush your teeth and you put the toothbrush away and you put the toothpaste away. “Wow, that was easy. And it looks so nice.”
Then, they brush their teeth. And what do they say? “That was easy. And it looks so nice.” All of a sudden, everyone in your entire family will be doing this. Because here’s the thing, if they live in your house, they’re also going to see those signs. At an unconscious level, they’re also saying, “I love to clean and I’m so good at it.” And then, when they do clean, they’re going to say, because you say and you’re training them, “That was easy. And it looks so nice.”
In a Matter of Months, Your Wall Will Be Busted
What’s going to happen is this, in a matter of a couple of months, the entire wall will be busted. This wall won’t let you clean, and it makes you severely depressed, and it pushes you into this state of sadness.
Because you have kids and you want to give them the best. You can give them the best with this free tip. It costs you nothing, but what’s going to happen is this.
It’s going to reframe your entire family. And your family is going to grow up in an environment that says, “I love to clean and I’m so good at it.” And your house will be clean. People will start doing things at an unconscious level.
And when they do it at an unconscious level, they’ll be saying, “Wow, that looks so nice. And it’s so easy.” That’s so easy. And it looks so nice. Right? They’ll keep repeating this over and over and over again.
It Will Change How You Feel About Cleaning
It will change the way you feel about cleaning. Now, I’m going to share another secret with you. It doesn’t matter what procrastination is in your life. Whether you’re writing a book, whether it’s a thesis that you have to write for school, whether it’s homework that you’re doing, whether it’s something you’re doing for your job.
If you will create this same scenario, every single time you look anywhere in your house, you have a message that’s bombarding you back.
That says, “I love to do this task. And I’m so good at it.” All of a sudden, all the walls that we have created ourselves say, “I can’t do this. I’m no good at this.” It’s like being on the bicycle and being wobbly. You don’t stay wobbly forever. You gain confidence, and then you become proficient. And then, you become a pro. Right? I think you can do this.
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