How can you stay motivated and finally conquer your clutter? That really is the million-dollar question, isn't it? There are tons of books out there that are selling you the dream of finally living in a Pinterest perfect type of home.
Here's something that you might not know about me, I'm a realist. I know that I don't have hours and hour to spend on decluttering my home.
Busy moms never have a ton of time to spend decluttering their homes, that is just a fact. We have diapers to change, toilets to scrub, a job to go to, and a home to run.
When we get home from a long day at work or chasing kids around, the last thing we want to do is declutter our home for an hour or three. So how the heck are we supposed to do this with everything else that we have on our plate?
Simply put, don't commit to hours and hours at a time to your decluttering project. It's guaranteed to burn you out and leave you with a bigger mess than you started with. I know what you're thinking, and yes, it is easier said than done.
Well until now!
Did you know that the organizing industry is an $8.8 billion industry? That doesn't count those coaches you hire to help you get through your clutter. This just counts items and books you purchase to organize your home.
So obviously we have a problem when it comes to clutter in this day in age. We have learned that we can just replace whatever we need whenever we want. Which leads to the problem at hand. We are buried in clutter.
How do we move forward then?
Like I said before, I'm a realist. I know that we don't have weekends, evenings, or whole weeks to devote to the decluttering projects on our lists. However, we do have 20 minutes each day to spend.
By spending 20 minutes, you're not psyching yourself out before you even start. Once the 20 minutes are up, they're up and you are done for the day. It's time to pour a glass of wine, put your feet up, and celebrate the win!
Okay so maybe that's what the commercials want you to think, that you actually have the time to put your feet up and enjoy a glass of wine while celebrating. Hopefully, you understand what I mean.
The only problem is that it is hard for us to form a new habit. Sure we might start off strong declutter for a few days and then life gets in the way and then excuses are made and then your 20-minute decluttering session turns into, intention instead of action.
If you'd like to learn more about the 20-minute decluttering session, you can click the link to learn more.
Now, how the heck do you stay motivated?
I'd like to share my 4 tips with you so you can stay motivated to finally conquer your clutter.
1- Add a recurring appointment on your phone
By adding a recurring appointment on your phone, you are doing a few things for yourself. You are holding yourself accountable and you are committing to a time of the day to commit to decluttering.
All you need to do is think about the time of the day that you have 20 minutes to organized a small area of the house. Once you have a time of day in mind, go into your calendar and block out 20 minutes. Call it "A date with my clutter".
Sure you might roll your eyes by the sight of that, but won't it feel so good to delete that appointment when you're done. It's like breaking up with a bad boyfriend or a bad friend that bring zero value to your life.
Make sure you add a reminder ding on your phone so it will remind you. There's nothing worse than forgetting to do that and then never get to something you intended to do.
Get your family involved
There's nothing worse than being alone in something like this. That's why I think it is so important to get the family involved. They may not help go through the sections but just having a support group is all you need to keep the motivation going.
Just let them know that you're going to be going through some of the clutter in the house slowly, each day. Ask them to support you by allowing you 20 minutes each day. Discuss whatever you need from your family in order for this process to be as painless for you. You'd be surprised how helpful your family will be!
Produce photo evidence
This is probably one of the easiest things you can do. Take a before and after photo of the section that you go through. When you are feeling like you're not getting anywhere or that it's just taking forever, take a look at the pictures.
You're going to see how far you've actually come.
We tend to forget how bad things are as time goes on. By producing photo evidence, you never have to forget how far you've come.
Use a decluttering checklist
This is the most effective way to stay motivated. If you have a step by step checklist then you know that you can succeed.
I've created a workbook that does more than that. Inside The Organized Busy Mom Workbook there are 8 tips that will help you become more organized. Each tip comes iwth its own worksheet or checklist to make sure you are able to go it alone.
Included is my Declutter in 20 checklist. You can get your own copy by clicking the button below.
I would love to know in the comments below, what is the one thing that holds you back from conquering your clutter?