7 Ways to Stay Motivated to Declutter Your Entire Home
Decluttering your house requires a lot of motivation to keep going! These easy tips will help you stay motivated as you declutter your entire home.
Need help staying motivated to declutter your home? These 7 practical tips will help keep you motivated when decluttering!
When your home is full to the brim with “stuff”, you know that it will take significant time and effort to get it decluttered.
You start out strong and do a great job of decluttering a few areas.
But then you look around and realize you still have SO MUCH left to declutter. This can be demoralizing and can bring your decluttering efforts to a stand-still.
Don’t let this happen to you! You will have to stay motivated over the long term to really get your home decluttered.
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1. Motivate yourself to declutter with a time-based goal.
Decide that you want your home decluttered:
- by the end of the school year
- by the end of the summer
- before the Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year holiday season
2. Motivate yourself by planning an event at your home for family or friends.
- host a Memorial Day cookout/party (if you want to be decluttered by the beginning of summer/end of the school year)
- host a Labor Day cookout/party (if you want to be decluttered by the end of summer)
- host Thanksgiving dinner or a Christmas party (if you want to be decluttered by the Nov./Dec./Jan. holiday season)
Start a fun Pinterest board and pin party ideas for your event. When you don’t feel like decluttering, browse your party board to inspire yourself to keep going, so that your home will be in great shape in time for your big event.
3. Motivate yourself by envisioning a clutter-free home.
Remember the last time you hosted an event/party/get-together at your home and worked so hard to have everything cleaned up?
Didn’t you find yourself wishing your home could stay that clean and clutter-free?
Well, it can. But it will require on-going effort through good habits and intentional choices.
4. Motivate yourself by making decluttering a part of your daily routine.
If you already practice a morning or evening routine, add 5 or 10 minutes of daily decluttering to your schedule.
“What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.” ~ Gretchen Rubin
You (and your family) are continually bringing more and more items into your home. When you don’t declutter just as often, you can’t possibly keep up.
5. Motivate yourself with weekly rewards.
Set a goal to declutter for 5-10 minutes, every day, M-F, with a fun reward on Friday or Saturday: coffee with a friend, a favorite yummy lunch with dessert, or a couple of hours for a movie or some reading.
Plan a big weekend decluttering project, like cleaning out the garage or your most cluttered room, and reward yourself with a date night, some “me time” out of the house alone, or pizza delivery and a family movie for an easy and fun weekend night.
6. Motivate yourself to declutter with small daily rewards.
Many years ago I read a parenting book that advised, “don’t give away the ice cream.” Basically, the authors meant that treats should be used as rewards.
Whether or not you agree with this, many adults would be well served to apply this concept to their own lives.
Give yourself 10, 15, or 20 minutes of a favorite activity (playing a game on your phone, scrolling Facebook or Pinterest, or reading a chapter from a book) ONLY AFTER you’ve spent some time decluttering. Use your favorite activity as a reward for accomplishing things you would otherwise procrastinate on.
7. Motivate yourself with a big decluttering goal.
Maybe you want to:
- travel more/buy an rv (oh wait, that’s me!)
- simplify your life so you have less stress and more time for your favorite activities
- make time to exercise
- create a stress-free haven for your family
- have a tidy enough home to regularly invite friends and family over
Think about how decluttering your home will make you feel and about how much you would enjoy achieving your big goal!
Now, plan to take daily action by decluttering on a daily basis to make this happen. (See #4 above: Motivate yourself by making decluttering part of your daily routine.)
Remember these three important things.
- Staying motivated when decluttering is hard, especially when you have years’ worth of household items to declutter.
- Your home did not become cluttered overnight and you will not be able to get it DE-cluttered overnight.
- It will take consistent, sustained effort to significantly declutter your home.
You can do this!
Set a 5-10 minute timer right now.
Step away from your computer and put down your phone.
Choose one cluttered spot in your home that is driving you crazy: your dining room table, your entryway, your kitchen counters, etc.
Work until the timer goes off. You’ll be really surprised by how much you can accomplish in a short period of time!
Just get started. That’s always the biggest challenge.
You’ve got this!
Set your timer and get started right away!
Make room for the good life.
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