Unlike me, a lot of people do not enjoy decluttering! I personally love it, but each to their own, eh? If you don’t strangely find decluttering to be naturally fun, I’ve compiled a list of ways to make it a more enjoyable experience.
1. Stick on a podcast or your audiobook and get lost!
Everytime I declutter I stick on a podcast or an audio book. I find that I get so engrossed that the time flies! You could even say that you will only listen to your favourite podcast when you are decluttering, to encourage you to get started.
2. Find a declutter challenge
If you Google, ‘Declutter Challenge’, multiple ideas will be thrown your way! From taking you through your home room by room, to eliminating x amount of things a day – there are so many challenges to keep you accountable and fun along the way!
Whichever option you choose, it’s a lot of fun to try to get through the challenge and see the progress along the way. Even better if you can join a “live challenge” where people are checking in with their progress. I run a 30 day declutter challenge, which you can join here.
3. Race against time
A lot of people are intimidated to start decluttering as they are worried about the amount of time it will take. A good way to tackle this is to try racing against the clock.
Setting a timer can help you focus all of your energy on the task of decluttering. You might be surprised by how much you get done when you do not allow the distractions to get through!
The added benefit is that it encourages a ‘gut feeling’ decision on the fate of your items.
If It’s Not a Definite “Yes”, It’s a Definite “No”
4. Recruit a competitor
Check if your partner, family member or roommate will compete with you. If you are competitive, this is a great way to motivate you. See who can get rid of the most items! Looser buys the beers!
5. Record the transformation
Before you start your decluttering, take a photo of the area. Then take another photo once you are completed! It doesn’t have to be a full room transformation – it could even be just the cutlery drawer!
Taking before and after pictures makes it more fun and exciting to see the full transformation and it is super motivating!
6. start making some money!
Declutter like crazy to earn enough money to do something fun!
What could you use some extra money for? Maybe it’s a trip to the cinema, a special dinner for two, tickets to a West End show – treat yourself!
7. Treat Yourself
Another motivating technique is to treat yourself to something special once you’ve decluttered a particular area, so that you have something to look forward to.
Perhaps you could treat yourself to a spa evening at home once you have decluttered your bathroom, or a girlie dinner party once you have done the kitchen! It could even be a smaller area such as the wardrobe and you can reward yourself to a new item of clothing.
Whatever your rewards are, make a plan before you start. Knowing you will get a reward at the end will make it much more enjoyable!
Simple Joy was founded by Hayley Forster, a Professional Organiser & Stress Management Coach. Hayley is an advocate of intentional living, with a passion in helping others simplify their lives in order to find their ideal lifestyle full of contentment, creativity and authenticity!