The question I’m asked most of the time is :
“How do I motivate myself to start simplifying? “
It’s such a simple question but one that is holding back thousands of people in their journey to a clutter free life !
When you are at a loss to begin decluttering it can be completely over whelming to look at how much you have to deal with .
So lets break the question down into two simple parts
How Do I Motivate Myself?
- You are motivated , you are ready, the only thing which is stopping you is not your motivation it is knowing where to start . This is where we come in !
How do I start decluttering?
- Set yourself an absolutely tiny goal, one which is achievable in a few minutes, for instance , one small drawer which you struggle to shut, or one piece of floor which is so cluttered you keep falling over stuff.
- Choose something which is irritating you or is making your life difficult so you feel the benefit once it is done.
- Choose a time when you will not be distracted by people, work or social media.
- Listen to a podcast or audiobook click the link for a FREE 30 day trail Audible Free Trial .
- Set a timer for 10 minutes , 15 minutes or 30 minutes depending on how much time you feel can give without getting frustrated.
- Start when the timer starts and stop when the timer stops!
- Throw away all the rubbish you’ve collected into the bin immediately.
- Pack anything for the charity shop away and put it in the car boot (to drop off next time you pass) or outside ready for the charity collection (then ring to arrange collection they normally come the next day ).
- Clean the area you have decluttered !
- Put everything away!
What Happens If I Want To Carry On after the timer has finished ?
- My advice is to make sure the first area is complete before carrying on , so the steps from 1-10 are done in full before you move on to another goal .This may seem like its counter productive but you’ll probably find once you have completed your goal from beginning to end and put everything back afar cleaning you will at least need to rest before you begin again.
- Often we find that life seems to take over, we get interrupted, things take longer that we anticipated , we get side tracked.
- Our focus is to start in bite sized chunks which fit into our already very busy lives, this allows us to get into the habit of decluttering as we go and prevents us from getting overwhelmed and suffering burnout!
- Our aim is to get the decluttering bug and to look forward to the next time we grab the timer and go !
My guidelines for success
- In the area you are decluttering if there is anything you don’t use,
don’t like, don’t need or don’t want , donate it .
- If there anything which just irritates you , for instance the candle you can’t bear the smell of, the unwanted gift, donate it !
- Throw away anything which is broken or anything which is just rubbish!
- Now enjoy the empty space you have created!
If you enjoyed reading this post you might like to follow some of my other hints and tips in
My other recommended reads on how to declutter are:
- Flylady who in her book Sink Reflections splits everything into 31 baby steps, zones and daily missions.
- A slob comes clean who in her book How to Manage Your Home without Losing Your Mind gives us a humorous down to earth slant on her disorganised life and shares her tips to get out of the clutter rut