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Saturday
Sep082018

'I Want To Declutter, But Can't Get Motivated'

5 Essential Strategies to Support Motivation

Smart, accomplished clients often say to me, "I can't get (or stay) motivated - for good reason! Decluttering is emotionally messy work!

To get motivated, your unique emotional clutter needs to be cleared first.

A lack of motivation masks other emotions: feeling overwhelmed, fear of living in regret, frustration, blame or shame. Perfection and procrastination rear their ugly head, too.

We don’t have motivation. We make motivation. Every day. Every hour.

Good tips and strategies are not enough. People feel crazy, knowing what to do, but not being able to do it. Even worse, they start thinking there is something innately wrong with them. Very choppy waters, indeed!

Please understand that it's very hard to unravel the emotional mess alone. Old patterns of thinking naturally get in the way. Old habits of doing run interference. Resistance dominates motivation for a lot of good reasons.

You don't need to make you or your situation wrong to make it better. If you feel chronically stuck in the emotional mess despite your efforts to apply strategy, you know it’s time to reach out for help. It's simply time to learn!

Options for you to get relief from the mess AND stress:

  • Register for Fall ClutterClarity Webinars
  • Attend October Class in Concord, MA
  • Email ClutterClarity for help in your home or via Phone/Skype Coaching

5 Essential Strategies Support Motivation:

  1. Attach yourself to your higher purpose. “Getting rid of clutter” or “organizing my home” is not enough to get or stay motivated. What would that do for you? What do you really want? Remember it; Repeat it.
  2. Build a decluttering routine around a routine that already exists in your week. People routinely resist a routine, sensing entrapment or failure. But a pre-scheduled routine is your ticket to freedom! Repetition and frequency teaches your mind, body and spirit to line up and show up.
  3. Practice "Freedom within Constraint." Life is unpredictable, so you need some flexibility in your routine. You don’t abandon your intention; you move it to another day.
  4. TIME TIPS: Don’t work on your own more than two hours at a time without taking a good break. You never want to hurry. You need time to think, not just do the physical work.
  5. Use the Tools - Calendar and Notebook. Literally schedule your routine and your desired completion date in your calendar. It's unfair to expect your mind to remember everything. Take notes while you work - the little things you can do in between decluttering, like call someone to see if they want an object.
  6. Marinate in Routine Rewards.
    • Trust yourself to show up
    • Appreciate your progress
    • Gain confidence
    • Enjoy staying motivated

Good Examples of Client Routines:

  • Drop off one full box of donations at a charity near her gym every Tuesday afternoon, finish in 3-months, by Thanksgiving.
  • Declutter 2-hours every week after morning coffee and before noon on Saturday and/or Sunday. Finish in one year to put house on the market in the spring.
  • Work with ClutterClarity on Thursdays from 9-12 for four months.

Remember: Logic is not enough to overcome emotional barriers.

To make decluttering easier, even enjoyable, the first step is NOT doing the physical work, but learning a fresh perspective and having the necessary support to establish new habits.

When you think differently you feel better.
When you feel better you can get - and stay - motivated.

No need to suffer through decluttering, organizing or downsizing. For smooth sailing, reach out for help today - You’ll be glad you did!

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