Are you one of those people wondering, “If cleanliness is next to godliness, what is my house next to???”
There’s hope and no time like today to get started, so let’s check out your challenges and find ways to beat clutter once and for all!
- Pick Something, Anything, and Begin! – Ever feel so overwhelmed you don’t know where to start? Break big projects into smaller chunks and choose just one to tackle in a given time period.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. Your mess wasn’t created in a day. It won’t be paradise in a day, but it won’t get any better if you don’t start. In fact, it’ll get worse, so pick a project, any project, and begin! Maybe today it’s that hall closet. Maybe this week, it’s that garage. Whatever it is, just pick something and begin!
- Procrastination – Does this sound like you, “I know I should clean out that closet, but there’s this other thing that I could be doing and…” Yep, I’ve been there. Done that. Small confession…sometimes I still procrastinate and need to remind myself that just picking a place to begin doesn’t get it done!
- Be Accountable – The key to beating procrastination is commitment and accountability. Tell the world (or at least one trusted friend) specifically what you’ll be doing and when. Set a time frame and ask her to measure your progress at specific intervals.
- Make a List Offsite – You’ve picked your project. You’re committed and have your accountability partner, but you’re still not sure where to start. Leave home to list what you’d like to keep from the space and why. Listing what’s important enough to remember when you can’t see it comes in handy later. If it was important enough to add to the list, it may be keep-worthy. If not, think twice.
For example, if you’re cleaning out under the bathroom sink and write that you’re keeping the purple loofah because you just bought it and will use it, by all means keep it. On the other hand, if you write that you’re keeping the purple loofah because it was part of a gift set given to you by the class you taught back in 1990-something, you might be motivated to toss it (finally). Yeah, I’ve done that! 😉
- Take a Photo & Visualize – Take a “Before” shot. Trust me, when you’re standing back and looking at the finished product, you’ll be glad you took three seconds to do this now! Feeling really brave? Send it to your accountability partner or post it on TRP Life Coaching (The Right Path Life Coaching)! I love seeing before and after shots! Visualize how the space should look or sketch it out quickly. Don’t get stuck on details or let this become another excuse to procrastinate!
- Beware of the Power of Touch – Ever wonder why stores encourage trying stuff on or wonder why the fuzzy sweater is near the high trafficked aisle not in the back corner? It’s because you’re no different from a three year old. You like reaching out and touching things too, and, like a three year old, touch for you is synonymous with ownership. The longer you touch, the harder it is to let go. Before decluttering, commit to minimize touching. Decide quickly to keep, toss, or donate.
- Dive Right In – Your steps are in place. You’re facing the task you’ve chosen. Your friend will be checking progress, but you just can’t figure out where to start? Sometimes you’ve got to suck in your belly and dive right in! Set a timer for 10 minutes and go full force pulling out whatever slows you down! You can do anything for 10 minutes right? You might really be inspired by how much you can get done in 10 minutes! Give it a shot and then give yourself a short break.
- Capitalize on Bursts of Energy – You got started with a 10 minute dive-in. Keep that idea going. Set a timer for 25 minutes. Set “mood” music to last 25 minutes. Be completely focused for 25 minutes. Then give yourself 5 minutes to futz around. Go to the bathroom. Get a drink. Text your friend with an update or a photo (That could be real motivation!) Take five minutes now to look at those pictures you pulled out and were tempted to get lost in. Giving yourself 5 minutes every half hour gives you set periods to slack off without taking so much time that you’re pulled away from your task indefinitely.
- Take Your After Shot & Post it to TRP Life Coaching – Maybe you didn’t want to show your “before” shot. Maybe you didn’t quite have the confidence that you’d get it done, but now you know otherwise! WOW! Doesn’t that space feel good??? Don’t you want to
brag tomotivate everyone. Don’t you wish everyone could clear out clutter and feel as free as you do? Go ahead, take that “After” shot and share it!
- Celebrate and Commit – You’ve worked hard. Now’s the time to celebrate and commit to keeping that space clutter free. Invite your accountability partner over and, if you’re really feeling gutsy, give permission for her to check your space any time to keep you on your toes!
Finally, have a glass of wine in the space together – so what if your kids come home and find you and Aunt Sally drinking Zinfandel in the closet???
As long as you don’t leave your glasses there, you should enjoy it.
You’ve earned it!
Looking for More Ideas & Motivation?
Home organization or something else weighing on your mind? Get to a certain point and just can’t get ahead? Contact me. Together, we will get you unstuck and propel you forward!