You know those days where you know you need to declutter, but you just can't muster the energy?
Well, this is for you. I get asked a lot for decluttering motivation support. While I think the best motivation around is to just choose one small thing to get started and go from there. There are some times though where you might just be feeling unsupported and overwhelmed. Like no matter what you do, it won't be enough.
You look around at everything that needs to be done, then freeze. Unsure of what to do first, next and last. Then you scroll Facebook, or Pinterest searching for motivation. Maybe even download a generic cleaning checklist.
Then you have to get the kids from school. They wake up from their naps, or you otherwise have your day carry on and you missed your chance. And feel insanely guilty for wasting your time. Wash, rinse, repeat day after day. Maybe month after month, or even year after year.
And this episode is for that moment.
I am going to teach you how to turn this cycle of overwhelm around with really easy practical steps AND share with you the ways that I still fall into this trap sometimes.
We OVER estimate what we can do in a day, and UNDER estimate what we can get done in a year
We get down on ourselves for not having our homes decluttered in a day or a week. Or at least seeing progress we can feel proud of. So we wonder what the point even is? Why waste an hour decluttering if there's nothing to show for it?
Because that's exactly how decluttering works. You didn't accumulate all of your stuff in a day or a week. Why would you be able to declutter it that fast?
You can't. Cut yourself some slack.
Think about how far you will be if you just commit to doing tiny, bite sized pieces on repeat. As moms that's really all we can do and guess what?
Focus on what you CAN declutter now, instead of staying stuck in the everything you can't do. Or on how far you have to go
If you keep saying you can't get it done, and have no motivation. You will never get it done, and you will have no motivation.
Focus on what you CAN do? Can you do a quick surface declutter of your kitchen counters? Do it!
Can you empty out a bathroom cabinet? Do it!
If you only ever think about how much you have to do, you will always be overwhelmed. It's important to envision your future clutter free home, but don't let it discourage you.
Get into the present moment. See your home exactly as it is. Then go declutter something standing in your way of the future home you want most.
Overwhelm is just too much stuff
It is too much physical stuff, aka clutter. It can be too many obligations on your to do list. Heck, it might even be too many negative thoughts weighing you down.
If you can think about overwhelm in a new way it will help you find your motivation. When you can say “I am overwhelmed because I have too much of (insert whatever it is)”. You can easily start to brainstorm ways to reduce what you have.
If you have too many clothes and are overwhelmed. Declutter the clothes.
You get the idea.
Get community and support for the best decluttering motivation
Here's the thing, you found this blog because you were searching for someone who understands. You are hoping there are other people out there like you who struggle to find the motivation as well.
Hopefully, you are also looking for a solution to go along with that community of support.
Which is exactly what Decluttering Simplified is. A four week decluttering plan created by a mom like you, for a mom like you. Plus monthly live decluttering accountability where we get together and ditch our stuff while we dance!
Want this kind of high vibe, decluttering support in your life?