Clean as you go.

For example, doing your dishes straight after meals will help you stay on top of your kitchen instead of having it turn into a huge mess. Putting off cleaning till they accumulate into a huge pile makes things feel overwhelming and more inclined to be put off. Cleaning as you go breaks down the cleaning process into small, digestable tasks that are easier to complete.

Start small.

A tip for cleaning is to start with the easiest stuff, or the stuff you like to do, first. By starting small, and knocking one task off the list immediately, you will able to feel a sense of accomplishment that leads you in to at least one less desirable task.

Create a schedule for the big stuff.

Let’s face it: there are some tasks around the house that you absolutely dread doing because of how time-consuming they can get. For those tasks, we’ve found it’s best to assign a schedule and stick to it in order to make sure they get done. For added incentive, do them as a couple or family to knock them out quicker. This makes cleaning more enjoyable and even creates opportunities for bonding in the process.

Combining the above few tips will allow you to keep your house clean for a longer period of time, making cleaning less dreadful when the time comes around.