There is a tip I have heard many times from many sources that I don’t think I have ever mentioned on my blog before now. That tip is ~ Focus on the space not the clutter. That is to visualise how you want the space that you are about to declutter to look instead of focusing on the task itself. Having a clear picture in your mind of what you want the space to look and feel like should give you the incentive to strive towards that vision.
Stay focused on the vision, which is the positive outcome, rather than focus on the negative, which is the work involved in achieving that vision.
When you are about to embark on a vacation to places exotic such as a week of lazing by the beach drinking mojitos in Hawaii your focus is clearly on the vacation itself not the less enjoyable 5, 6 or 12 hour flight to your destination. This positive vision can also help motivate you to work hard for months to earn the money required to pay for it even though the payoff is short lived in comparison. The same can be done for decluttering your home although in this case the payoff can, with a little maintenance, last permanently while the task itself only lasts for a relatively short length of time.
It may be easier to work on one space or room at a time using this method or if your visualisation skills are good enough you can let your imagination go wild on visualising the entire house looking and feeling unclutttered, spacious, relaxing, tranquil and easy to maintain.
Not only can this method get you motivated to begin your decluttering but it can also help sustain your enthusiasm during the process. With every item that I move to the garage for removal I feel the joy of knowing that it is one more thing that gets me a step closer to my clutter-free goal. In fact the vision in my mind of moving to a small abode is all it takes to motivate me to go searching for the next thing to declutter.
Now if thinking this way doesn’t get you motivated then I don’t know what will.
Today’s Mini Mission
Get rid of one uncomfortable pair of shoes that sure are cute but could be used by the enemy as an effective torture treatment.
Today’s Declutter Item
This skateboard deck was sold on ebay. It was a gift to my son but was not the size he uses. Skateboarders are particular about the width of the decks they use.
Eco Tip for the Day
Let your fingers do the walking. When there is something you need to shop for phone ahead to make sure the store has what you are after rather than making a wasted trip. Every small amount of petroleum product saved is a good thing.
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