1. INVOLVE SOMEONE ELSE IN YOUR DECLUTTER EFFORTS.
Enlist a clutter buddy, a friend or relative, who will work with you to keep you focused. They might even keep your spirits up and manage time for you.
Set up a declutter schedule on your calendar, then find someone to whom you will be accountable. Again, this might be a friend or relative. They don’t necessarily have to be physically on site. You can simply check in with them and follow up later with a progress report.
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2. SIMPLY BECOME AWARE.
As with any change, awareness is the key to unlock action. The power of awareness is truly underestimated and oftentimes elusive. Therefore, realizing that you are unmotivated goes a long way to overcome the associated stuckness. If unable to figure out whether motivation is the root of your clutter, talk to someone like a therapist or coach to gain clarity. Awareness can lead to forward actions: brainstorming, problem-solving or finding help to promote decluttering.
3. GIVE IT TIME
Sooner or later, the effects of nature such as mold, critters, and dampness take their toll, and magnify the need for decluttering. Likewise, aging, accident or illness may trigger the need to declutter and downsize in order to make our environment safer, healthier or cleaner. Lastly, our interests and abilities naturally change over time pointing out the inevitable need to release the associated tools and equipment.
4. TRY TO GET A FRESH OUTLOOK
Take a walk, talk to someone, or Google motivation. Put the clutter into perspective. Find inspirational decluttering quotes and post them where they will work their subliminal magic. Brainstorm a goal, envision an outcome or get excited about a new activity that requires a decluttered space. Dream of the freedom that comes with less stuff.
5. CONSIDER THE CONSEQUENCES
Are your surroundings becoming unsafe, unsanitary, or embarrassing? How much harder will it be in the future because you have put off decluttering today? Will your belongings become ruined and worthless due to the passage of time or effects of the elements? What are you not doing that you would like to do if it weren’t for all the clutter?
- Perform a decluttering task for just five minutes each day.
- Brainstorm exciting, compelling reasons for decluttering.
- Use a picture, vision, or feeling that keeps you going.
- Congratulate yourself for small achievements.
- Schedule specific tasks for each project.
- Find an accountability buddy.
- Work toward a reward.