How to Motivate a Lazy Person to Clean the House

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Having a clean home not only provides you with an area you're proud to show off, but it also helps to maintain a healthy living environment. While cleaning your home may be done little by little by clearing a mess as soon as it's made, some people are not so inclined to perform daily cleaning duties. If you have a lazy person living in your home who does not take part in housecleaning, you can entice him to do so through several methods.

Things You'll Need

  • Reward sheet
  • Work out a reward system for the lazy person if she performs her cleaning duties. While this may not work for those who are older, teenagers and those in their early 20s may benefit from this type of approach. When outlining the reward system, use items that the lazy person enjoys. For example, if the person is a movie lover, promise to take her to the movies after she's done cleaning the bathrooms and kitchen.

  • Turn on music and make cleaning day an exciting activity. While cleaning may be a mundane task for some, by playing high-energy music you may be able to motivate the lazy person to get off the couch and start cleaning.

  • Play a time game. This works for those who are competitive, as well as children. Set a timer at the beginning of the cleaning session, and have the person clean one area of the house while you clean another. Whoever gets finished first, with the best results, is able to choose what's for dinner or what TV show to watch later on in the evening.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you know the person is too lazy to perform extreme cleaning tasks, break down the cleaning process into several days of cleaning. This way, it prevents the person from feeling overwhelmed, which may work against him being motivated to clean at all.
  • Do not allow someone to sit around for weeks on end without contributing to cleaning duties. Be prepared to offer punishments, in one form or another, if the person continues to avoid housecleaning.
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