I’ll be honest. I get tired of decluttering. In order to motivate myself, I decided to make a list of all the things I’ll be able to do once this unpleasant decluttering task is complete. If you have an area that you’ve been putting off because it seems so overwhelming, maybe this list will help you too or you can sit down and make your own.
My Motivators for Minimizing a Monstrous Mess:
We could be saving a lot of money. We are currently paying for two storage units that are both half full. That is costing us $292 every single month. Wow, those charges sure add up! I refuse to add up how much we’ve spent on storage over the last couple years because it’s just too depressing. I can’t wait to get rid of that bill!
I could take a nap once in awhile. I love naps and I sure do miss them. A lot of my decluttering efforts have to happen when my daughter is sleeping. Unfortunately, that means my potential quiet time during the day is spent going through boxes. I just might sleep for a week once this mess is gone.
We could have our weekends back. Weekends filled with being tired because you played too much are great. Relaxing weekends without a care in the world and with no obligations are even better. I’m looking forward to weekends like that again.
Spontaneity would be possible. I can’t remember the last time we could just pick up and do an unplanned activity without a care in the world. Sure, we still plan activities and take trips away. There’s just always this nagging thought at the back of my mind that the work is waiting for us when we get home. It will be great to rid ourselves of it once and for all.
More vacations could happen. Saving money and getting back more time means more chances to take more family trips. I want to spend our limited time we have with our kids investing in their lives and building memories. I don’t want to spend it preoccupied with pointless things like cleaning and decluttering. I’m going to start planning our next trip now as a way to add to my motivation.
Family time would become fun again. Our kids like to help out and spend time with us whenever they can. But honestly what kid wants to help clean out storage sheds? Sure it’s fun finding a long lost treasure, but there are many more fun activities that we’d all prefer.
The freedom to do nothing would return. Ah the freedom to do nothing at all. That is a favorite pass time for me. I love to write, sit by the fire or swing on the porch. I love having the quiet surround me and let my thoughts jump from one thing to another. Clearing out clutter and clearing out my schedule is equivalent to clearing out my mind and letting freedom return. I truly can’t wait.
Finding the Endurance to Declutter
I am comforting myself that this is the last big hurdle for our decluttering efforts. It’s really a bummer that we decided to make this last big push during the holidays. It’s hard to dig deep and find the endurance to finish the unpleasant tasks when there are so many other things that we’d rather be doing. It is setting us up for a great start to the new year and I’m excited about that. Delayed gratification is worth it, if you can push through to the end.
Do you need some motivation today? What area is your monstrous mess? What are you looking forward to at the end of the clutter? I’d love it if you’d share and we can help motivate each other.
photo by soundgroov
Article originally published on 12/14/2010