1. Keep tools and supplies handy. Nothing makes me power down from a momentary burst of cleaning frenzy than realizing I'll have to hunt down paper towels, Windex and trash bags before I can start. Putting these items where they are needed makes NOW a very real possibility.
2. Work first, play later. Get the hard stuff done when you are fresh, so that you can truly enjoy time to relax when you are done.
3. Break jobs down into smaller tasks. When you see a kitchen that looks like a bomb exploded and don't know where to start, look at individual parts of the job. Clear counter. Load dishwasher. Soak pans. Sweep floor. Each task is not nearly as intimidating as the whole monster.
4. Turn off distractions. The internet is really cool, and so are all those phone alerts. Television offers a plethora of fascinating shows. But it's so easy to fritter away whole hours, just a few minutes at a time here and there, checking how many "likes" you have and looking at headlines. I'm guilty of this!
5. Reward yourself. A Tidy friend of mine once remarked that she liked to get things done "so she wouldn't have to think about it anymore." Her reward was a clear mind and stress-free day because she didn't have the dreaded chore hanging over her head. Some of us need more than that: chocolate seems to work well as MY reward. What's yours?
PS The winner of Angie Ryg's book, Clutter Free Simplicity is Amber! Congrats, Amber...I'll send you an email and give you the details.