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Looking for the ideal way to improve your overall cleaning routine and habits?
Analyzing strengths, weaknesses, routines, habits, household, and concerns can be a big help for those wanting to problem-solve big cleaning concerns or bad habits.
Assessing your at-home situation can also help you to create a cleaning routine that will work around your schedule and mood rather than the other way around.
In this step-by-step post…
In this post, we help you determine what areas need work when it comes to cleaning so you can work towards improving those issues while developing better cleaning routines and habits by focusing on some of the following:
PSST… You may want some paper, a journal, or a computer/tablet to work along with certain sections.
Phase One: Assess the Previous Year(s)
Reflecting on how well your cleaning regimen and habits may be or may not be working can be an excellent way to determine what might need adjusting.
This way, you can set about working on those issues in a more concentrated manner.
Step 1: Acknowledge the Improvements
Take the time to acknowledge and note areas where you and others in your household do well with cleaning. What habits or tasks do you find easier to do versus others, and why?
This is also a good time to consider what areas seem to stay cleaner in your home as well as tasks and/or habits that seem to work best or feel the most manageable to you.
Assess & Problem Solve
- Mindfulness can lead to motivation. Don’t be shy or hesitate to acknowledge and/or journal areas where you’ve made improvements. It can even be beneficial to note how you feel about certain things now vs. to the way things were before changes were made.
- Journaling about cleaning may feel a bit cheesy or pointless, but giving yourself a pat on the back allows you to feel a sense of accomplishment and being proactive, both of which can lead to further motivation.
- This can be particularly helpful if you struggle with ADHD or similar issues that may lead to a lack of dopamine and other factors that can impact motivation and executive function.
Step 2: Determine What Needs Improvement
What areas do you feel you might need to change or improve when it comes to cleaning in general, maintaining certain areas, or when in regards to your overall cleaning habits and that of others living with you?
NOTE: You can find examples of concerns or disliked chores that I experienced and how I worked to problem-solve them later on in the post, under Example Situations.
Assess & Problem Solve
- Be patient with yourself. Habits and making changes can take time to develop, good or bad.
- Remain flexible and lower your expectations. Lifestyles, needs, and environments can change frequently, even on a day-to-day basis. Therefore, expect your cleaning routine and household needs to change as soon as your lifestyle or circumstances change.
- Learnt o Adapt. If you find that the cleaning routine you’ve set for yourself doesn’t work—or maybe stops being as efficient later on due to things like schedules or personal needs—learn to switch things up and experiment as needed.
Phase Two: Know Your ‘Why’
As you try to figure out what you need to work on, it’s also important to know the overall goal or gain for doing it in the first place.
Your reason ‘why’ should be something you’ll benefit from emotionally and/or circumstantially, whether big or small.
Helpful Questions to Ask Yourself
Phase Three: Have a Game Plan
Once you’ve figured out what areas, habits, or tasks you want to actively focus on improving, take time to determine what steps you can take to problem solve or remedy those issues.
How to Formulate a Cleaning Plan
Note: If you’re attempting to come up with a schedule or routine for the entire house, rather than focusing on individual issues, consider writing down everything that needs to be cleaned based on the frequency.
Phase Four: Adapt & Go With the Flow
When it comes to cleaning and keeping your home organized, sometimes it means learning to look at things from a different perspective. It’s also wise to expect that you may have to switch things up as your life and household’s needs evolve and shift. This way you’ll feel less frustrated in the event that things do need to change and will likely feel more prepared instead.
Ways to Adapt and Alter Your Cleaning Routines
Example Situations (optional)
Here are a few situations and concerns that I personally went through at the beginning of my cleaning journey that concerned me the most. You’ll also find some of the solutions I used and any incentives that kept me going
Again, these are just example situations that I have used in the past or still use in the present. Do whatever works best for you or tailor things to suit your needs.
Cleaning Habit Goal #2: Daily Kitchen Clean-up (dropdown)
Cleaning Habit Goal #2: Making the Bed (dropdown)
Problem-Solving Problematic/Disliked Chores
In this post on how to improve and revamp your cleaning schedule or cleaning routine, we discussed taking time to assess the good and the bad points of the previous year to see where there’s room for some improvement. We also discussed some other points which we’ve listed down below:
Have any good cleaning incentives or motivators? Let us know in the comments!