Are you facing a space full of clutter but feel unmotivated to get started on the project?
You are not alone if you feel tempted to put it off, close the door on the space, or shove all the extras into a bag or bin instead of dealing with them!
It happens. This is real life. And it can seem hard to find the courage, energy, and time to start a project.
You might also feel alone in the struggle to keep up & resentful that this is what you have to spend your time on when you have a million other things that you’d like to do.
But the clutter isn’t going to go away on it’s own, so I want to offer a few tips that can decrease the overwhelm & make the decluttering process feel lighter.
Let Go of Comparison
There are lots of opinions & strategies on how to clear clutter & maintain your spaces, along with tons of perfectly manicured images showing the “ideal” home life. And some of this can be inspiring, but often all of that input is paralyzing. You start to compare & judge your strategies. You question yourself & forget to listen to your intuition.
So when YOU decide it’s time to tackle your project, you have to let go of comparison. Let go of how things work for other people & start tuning into the things that have worked for you in the past, the ideas you have always longed to try, and the tips that really resonate & feel like YOU.
When you let go of comparison & tap into your intuition & desire, then the changes you make & the way you tackle this project will better fit your personality & lifestyle.
Digging into a project takes a commitment of time & energy, so it’s helpful to to understand WHY you want to get started & WHAT will make the process work best for you.
Before you even pick up an item, step back and look at your situation with “fresh eyes.” Try to let go of shame, embarrassment or self-judgment & look at the situation & your things from a place of curiosity. Ask yourself these questions to allow the needed shifts to come to light:
- What is the feeling that I hope to achieve once this stuff is dealt with?
- Is this stuff holding me back from something else I want in my life?
- Do I have a deadline or do I need to make one?
- Do I work better when I have a partner to help with decisions & keep me going? Who can I ask to support me?
- Am I the kind of person that likes to work in small chunks or do I want to set aside a large block of time to work?
You don’t have to consider yourself a creative person to be successful at decluttering, but the process will be more interesting & a lot more fun when you are open to new ideas and ways of thinking about your space.
Stay open to thinking outside-the-box & your creative mind will bring to light new ways to repurpose some of the items that you’d like to keep but haven’t been using. Maybe your grandmother’s rolling pin will become a work of art when hung on the kitchen wall!
Tap into the spirit of creativity as you experiment with new habits that will create more flow in your life. Experimenting lifts the pressure & lets this become a process with no right answer, just information that will move you ahead.
Go For It!
Getting started can be the hardest part, so lift some of the pressure & weight of the project by letting go of comparison & then adding curiosity and creativity. Let this new way to look at your project shift your energy & spark the motivation that will lead to action!
Contact me today if you are motivated but know you can’t do it alone. Together we can make it happen!