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7 REASONS YOU AREN’T MOTIVATED TO DECLUTTER YOUR HOME AND TIPS ON HOW TO OVERCOME THEM
I know from (plenty) of past experience that it can sometimes be hard to find the motivation to declutter your home, even though you know it desperately needs it.
Decluttering can be a daunting task, especially when dealing with feelings of being overwhelmed and the emotional burden of parting with items that hold memories or sentimental value.
Top that off with the fact that failing to declutter can make you feel really bad about yourself and have you feeling mystified as to why you lack the motivation to just get on with it.
So, if you dream of the day your have a wonderfully clutter-free home, but have yet to get off the starters blocks, here’s a list of reasons you might be finding it difficult to motivate yourself and tips on how to overcome them.
WHAT MIGHT BE STOPPING YOU FROM DECLUTTERING
These are some of the reasons why it can be easy to simply procrastinate and live with the clutter, even though you know you really should get around to decluttering.
1. IT’S EMOTIONAL
First, let’s acknowledge that the decluttering process can be quite an emotional experience. It can trigger feelings of anxiety, fatigue, tension, and even depression in some cases.
Tip: Setting realistic goals and breaking your tasks into smaller, manageable chunks will help minimise these negative emotions.
2. NOT KNOWING WHERE TO BEGIN
Sometimes the humongousness of the task ahead is so daunting that it stops you from getting started; you simply don’t know where to begin, so you don’t.
Tip: Begin with a small, easily manageable area like a drawer or a single shelf.
3. FINDING IT HARD TO LET GO
When faced with items that are difficult to let go of due to their sentimental value, try to accept that you can still cherish the memories without holding on to the physical objects.
Tip: Take photographs of items with sentimental value that you no longer have room or use for. You could even create a photo album of precious memories.
4. FEAR OF MAKING WRONG DECISIONS
Sometimes a fear of making wrong decisions that lead you discarding stuff you later regret can trap you into inaction.
Tip: Use the ‘four-box method‘ – keep, donate, trash, undecided – to simplify your decision-making.
5. ATTACHMENT TO POTENTIAL FUTURE USE
Now this is one that I struggle with. I am capable of over-thinking the potential future-use of every single item during a declutter. It’s particularly hard to part with things when you are cash-strapped or in the current economic climate, where inflation is on the up alongside the cost of living.
Tip: If you really can’t bear to take the risk straight away, set a deadline for using items and fell them in the next round of decluttering if you’ve not used them by the time the deadline comes around.
6. UNABLE TO SEE THE TASK THROUGH
Some people find they are eager to dive straight into a massive declutter, then get caught up in tangle in it, get bored or distracted, go off-piste and the never finish.
Difficulty staying focused may be exacerbated by certain types of neurodiversity and conditions such as anxiety.
Tip: If you’re struggling in this area, consider exploring time-management techniques or employing tools such as timers, lists, and external accountability to stay on task.
7. YOU REALLY DO HAVE VERY LITTLE TIME
Parents of babies, toddlers and preschoolers are usually the ones who find it hardest to find spare time, which means that decluttering can end up on the back burner.
Tip: Decluttering in short bursts, such as during your child’s naptime, can make the process feel less daunting and more manageable.
But be realistic about what you can achieve, there is no point running yourself ragged in time for them to wake up!
Hello, I’m Luci, founder of Mums Make Lists (Est. 2011). Over the last decade or so, I have combined my experience as a mum, journalist and shopping editor to create useful guides and lists of ideas and inspiration to make it easier for busy parents to plan and host kids’ parties and find great gifts. Plus I create beautiful party printables, from invites to party games. Read more.