How To Find Decluttering Motivation (And Keep It Until You’re Finished!)

Are you struggling to find your decluttering motivation?

Are you struggling to find your decluttering motivation? We get stuck wondering things like, “When can I find the time to declutter?” or “How do I stay motivated to finish what I start?” When you’re unsure what to do, it’s hard to move forward.

The good news is, you can easily bring order to the chaos by creating the perfect mix for decluttering your home. In this post, I’ll define the perfect mix and provide 3 components that will give you a roadmap to get started and stay motivated. I hope that this will give you the guidance you need to create a clutter-free home.

What is the perfect mix for decluttering your home?

The perfect mix for decluttering your home involves balancing time, motivation, and strategy. In other words:

There are 3 key components you should focus on to stay motivated and effective in decluttering: creating a plan of bite-sized decluttering projects, setting a dedicated time to implement the plan, and being willing to try, evaluate, and try again. The added benefit is that you’ll feel more organized and less stressed.

Component #1 – Creating a Plan of Bite-Sized Decluttering Projects

Creating a plan of bite-sized decluttering projects involves breaking down the decluttering process into manageable tasks. This is a crucial component because having clear, achievable goals keeps you from feeling overwhelmed.

Many people who are new to decluttering start out on the right track but then get stuck because they set too ambitious goals or try to tackle everything at once. This often leads to feeling defeated and giving up.

The key to successfully decluttering is to start small. For instance, focus on one room or even one drawer at a time. Set a timer for 15-20 minutes and see how much you can get done in that time frame. This approach makes the task feel more manageable and less daunting.

Component #2 – Setting a Dedicated Time to Implement the Plan

Setting a dedicated time to implement the plan means establishing specific times for decluttering and sticking to them. Just like any other important task, decluttering needs to be part of your regular schedule. This includes creating contingency plans that accommodate for motherhood and life with kids.

If you’ve spent hours cleaning and organizing but still feel like your home is cluttered, this is likely the piece that’s missing. Without a routine, you can declutter sporadically and still not achieve the clutter-free home you desire.

A useful technique for establishing a routine is to designate specific days and times for decluttering. For example, you could spend 15 minutes every morning tidying up one area or dedicate an hour on weekends to tackle bigger projects. Consistency is key to maintaining a clutter-free home. Also, build in flexibility for when life happens—sick kids, unexpected errands, and the like. Having a backup plan ensures you stay on track even when things don’t go as planned.

Component #3 – Being Willing to Try, Evaluate, and Try Again -And Follow The Decluttering Lifecycle

Being willing to try, evaluate, and try again involves being open to adjusting your approach as needed. This helps maintain motivation and keeps you moving forward.

Here’s where you’ll really start to see the benefits of the perfect mix. By recognizing your accomplishments, you reinforce positive behavior and make the decluttering process more enjoyable.

Of course, this will take some time and patience. Consider setting up a reward system to keep yourself motivated. For example, treat yourself to a relaxing bath after finishing a decluttering session or enjoy a favorite snack.

The process you can use to celebrate small victories is:

  1. Set a specific decluttering goal.
  2. Complete the task.
  3. Reward yourself immediately after.

Once you’re done, you’ll be well on your way to a more organized and clutter-free home.

The Decluttering LifeCycle is a Useful Visual for how decluttering works so that you don't get discouraged thinking you will be decluttering forever.

Putting it All Together for Your Perfect Decluttering Mix

There you have it! The 3 components of your perfect decluttering mix: creating a plan of bite-sized decluttering projects, setting a dedicated time to implement the plan, and being willing to try, evaluate, and try again. It may sound like a lot, but like most things, practice makes perfect. Just focus on starting small and being consistent. This will help you maintain motivation and create a more organized home.

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