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The Ultimate Motivation To Clean - From My Experience
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I know how it feels to have a dirty, unorganized room/house. You know you should probably organize it. You know that you will feel better after it's nice and clean, but that doesn't help you get motivated to clean does it?

Over the years I have found that the best motivation to clean is a simple yet powerful one:

Invite Someone Over to Your House

Growing up I observed this behavior over and over again. The house I grew up in wasn't a particularly organized house. It wasn't a house you would find on one of those "hoarder" tv shows, but you could imagine it becoming that way in a few years.

I noticed growing up that whenever we would have company coming over my mom would go into a cleaning frenzy. The house was the cleanest in the 24 hours before and after we had guests.

I'm not a psychologist or anything, but if I would have to take a guess at why this method works so well, I would attribute it to a "looking good program". I mean no one wants to be known as the person with a messy house. No one wants their friends to think of them as a slob. By inviting people over you are using this internal pressure to your advantage.

My Personal Experience With This Method

Over the past couple of years of moving from apartment to apartment I noticed that my room became more and more disorganized with each move. Last year I decided to look into having a professional organizer help me organize my room, after I came across an ad from LivingSocial. I emailed her to inquire about her rates, and how to get started working with her.

Immediately after emailing her, I suddenly had a new found motivation to clean my room. I didn't want her to see the condition that my room was in. That day I was able to make significant gains in organizing my room. I didn't end up using her services, but it was an interesting experience.

What To Invite People Over For

If you have a messy/disorganized house theres a good chance you've never had someone over to your house or it's been years since you have invited people over to your house. Don't think you have to invite 10-20 people over for this to work. Even just having one person over will be effective. Here are some ideas to invite people over for:

What you invite people over for isn't nearly as important as inviting them over. Inviting guests over to your house will light a fire under your butt to get it clean. Immediately after you finish reading this article, I challenge you to send out an email, tweet on twitter, post on your facebook wall to your friends and family that they are invited to you house for a "night/morning/evening of ___insert event here___". Let me know how it goes. :)


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