4 Excuses You Make Not to Clean, and How to Destroy Them

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Let’s be honest — very few people actually enjoy cleaning. Sure, there are plenty of people who love having a clean space. But, the actual act of scrubbing, vacuuming, and dusting? You’re probably hard-pressed to find someone who gets excited about it.

Unfortunately, cleaning is one of life’s necessary evils. It can be easy to continuously come up with excuses as to why you simply can’t do it (you’ll get to it tomorrow, right?), but in the end you really aren’t doing yourself any favors. Well, my friends who loathe cleaning, I’m here to help. Here are four common excuses you make not to clean, and how to destroy them!

1. “I don’t have time!”

Limited time is probably one of the biggest reasons why people continuously put off their cleaning chores. And, I can totally understand it. Cleaning can definitely be time-consuming, especially if you leave all of your cleaning tasks to pile up.

To avoid feeling overwhelmed by one large cleaning day, break your cleaning chores into smaller, more manageable pieces. Perhaps you’ll do a load of laundry every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Or, maybe you’ll disinfect all of your hard surfaces on Thursday. These simple tasks likely only take 15 minutes of your time on any given day — making maintaining a clean home seam much less daunting and time-consuming.

2. “I’m the only one here.”

If you live alone, it’s easy to let your carpets get filthy and to allow those dishes to pile up in your kitchen sink. After all, you’re the only one there to see them! Who cares?!

If you’re happy living in your own filth, then more power to you! Just don’t complain of embarrassment when an unexpected visitor drops by. If you’re looking to motivate yourself to stay on top of your own mess, try this:

Schedule a recurring get together or event at your home. Whether you’re going to host a book club meeting every month or a cookout with your friends one Friday night, having a repetitive schedule of visitors in your home will inspire you to keep it much tidier! Plus, you have an excuse to do something you enjoy!

3. “I don’t have what I need.”

I’m always astounded by the people who don’t clean, simply because they claim that they don’t have the appropriate supplies.

If you’re missing something you need, head out to the store and purchase it! Then, to make sure you always have a supply of your cleaning essentials, keep a list. Whether you hang a paper list to the side of your fridge or keep a note in your phone, try to maintain a running list when you notice you’re running low on something. This will help you make sure that you always have what you need — and avoid many unnecessary trips to the store!

4. “I have more important things to do.”

Trust me, we’d probably all rather be reading a book on the patio or hanging out with friends than scrubbing our toilets. But, again, cleaning needs to get done every now and then.

If you’re someone who’s consistently pushing cleaning to the back burner in favor of seemingly more pressing tasks, schedule yourself a regular cleaning day. Literally write it on your calendar as if it’s something you can’t miss, and then plan your other meetings, tasks, and social events around it. It won’t make cleaning fun, but at least you’ll leave yourself time to get it done!

Cleaning isn’t something that most of us look forward to, and it’s all too easy to make excuses to keep putting it off. These solutions should help you tackle those excuses head-on, so that you can conquer your cleaning and get back to the things you enjoy!

Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard is a Midwest-based freelance writer and blogger who loves lending her voice to a variety of publications and organizations. When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, she enjoys reading, babying her rescued terrier mutt and obsessively organizing her entire home.
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About Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard is a Midwest-based freelance writer and blogger who loves lending her voice to a variety of publications and organizations. When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, she enjoys reading, babying her rescued terrier mutt and obsessively organizing her entire home.