How To Declutter When You Have No Motivation

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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 on their journey to a clutter-free life!

When you are at a loss to begin decluttering it can be downright overwhelming to look at how much you have to deal with.

So let’s break the question down into two simple parts

How Do I Motivate Myself?

  1.  You are motivated, you are ready, the only thing which is stopping you is not your motivation it knowing where to start. This is where we come in!

How do I start decluttering?

  1. Set yourself a little goal, one which is achievable in a few minutes, for instance, one small drawer which you struggle to shut, or one piece of the floor which is so cluttered you keep falling over stuff.
  2. Choose something which is irritating you or is making your life difficult, so you feel the benefit once it is compleated.
  3. Choose a time when you will not be distracted by people, work or social media.
  4. Listen to a podcast or audiobook, click the link for a FREE 30-day trial Audible Free Trial
  5. Set a timer for 10 minutes, 15 minutes or 30 minutes depending on how much time you feel can give without getting frustrated.
  6. Start when the timer starts and stop when the timer ends!
  7. Throw away all the rubbish you’ve collected into the bin immediately.
  8. 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 usually come the next day ).
  9. Clean the area you have decluttered! Check out my favourite cleaning products here
  10. Put everything away!

What to do if you want to carry on after the timer has finished.

  1. 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 counterproductive, but you’ll probably find once you have completed your goal from the beginning to end and put everything back after cleaning you will at least need to rest before you begin again.
  2. Often we find that life seems to take over, we get interrupted, things take longer than we anticipated, we get sidetracked.
  3. Our focus is to start in bite-sized chunks which fit into our already hectic lives; this allows us to get into the habit of decluttering as we go and prevents us from getting overwhelmed and suffering burnout!
  4. We aim to get the decluttering bug and to look forward to the next time we grab the timer and go!

My guidelines for success

  1. 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.
  2. If there is anything which just irritates you, for instance, the candle you can’t bear the smell of, the unwanted gift, donate it!
  3. Throw away anything broken or anything which is just rubbish!
  4. Now enjoy the space you have created!

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Clare has two children  aged 6 and 10 yrs old , when she’s not looking after the kids , blogging or organising you might find her running along the river  trying to spot Kingfishers,  whilst listening to an episode of the Archers.
In her spare time she reads an enormous amount of self help books, considers herself an animal lover, vegetarian and Buddhist.

 

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7 Responses

  1. I have three rooms completely devoid of furniture, and somehow they’re still cluttered! Actually, furniture (with drawers) might help those rooms, but that’s a different story. I wanted to chime in about podcasts – totally a good idea. My husband listened to them and I thought they were all nerdy, but there are so many good ones it will really help pass the time.

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