Taking on the task of decluttering and organizing any space in your home or office can be a challenge. It can be even more overwhelming if you’re trying to declutter and organize an entire home in a short timeframe. Whatever your situation, you may lose motivation during this sometimes lengthy process. Here are some tips to help you stay motivated.
Motivate with music
Listen to music while you work on decluttering. If you like music in the background, this will help keep a rhythm and keep you going.
Decluttering and organizing involves a lot of decision making. To avoid decision fatigue, take a break regularly.
Remember your priorities
For example, if you priority is to declutter the guest room so your grandchildren can visit, keep a photo of your grandchildren nearby, and think about the fun things you’ll do when they visit. Remind yourself why you’re doing this.
Realize it will take time, but you’ll get there
Know that it probably took months or years for your space to get this way, and you’re doing great! Unlike reality TV, you may not see big changes in an hour, but keep chipping away at it, and you’ll get there!
Treat it as an archeological dig
Did you find a pile of Christmas cards from 2012 or a hotel brochure from 2009? What parts of your life history are you digging up? What good memories do you want to hold onto? Recognize that you are digging into your past as you declutter.
Tell a friend for accountability
Going through this can be a personal process, so you may not want a friend to help, but you can ask them to hold you accountable. For example, tell them, “I am decluttering my pantry on Saturday, please check in with me on Sunday so I can tell you how it went.” Just knowing someone is checking in may help.
Hire a professional organizer
For expert advice, assistance and help, you can hire a professional organizer like myself to work with you in-person or virtually. Please make sure the organizer is trained, experienced, insured, and part of NAPO (The National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals).