I have a guaranteed laugh in every class I teach on organizing and decluttering. I’ll have given the steps to get and stay organized, numerous real examples of what does and doesn’t work, answered scores of questions and given solutions . . . and there will always be that one person, or two, who raise their hand and ask, “Yeah, but… how to I get motivated?”
Have you ever thought this too?
If you have to ask, the answer is this . . . “You don’t.” Organizing is like exercise for most people. You declutter and organize because you just need to do it, because you want to feel better, let go of guilt and feeling bad, have more room to play and enjoy your home, etc.
Like needing to see people in swim suits in February to “diet” to get ready for summer (which is supposed to motivate us), motivation isn’t actually necessary to do anything in life. If you wait to be “motivated”, it (whatever your “it” is) will never happen! Schedule the time to declutter and jump in! Groans are heard from every audience at this point!
I also offer a second, much more funny answer that always brings laughs, which is, “Invite people over for a party at your house this weekend!” Now, shock, fear, anxiety and laughter are heard in waves from the audience!
How fast would you declutter, at least the most visible and used rooms, if you had people over this weekend? Fast?! Sure! Embarrassment, fear, guilt and shame are great “motivators!” Not the best, but we’re so programmed to put off until “later” what we need to have done yesterday, that we wait until “we have to do it” to do it.
MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU!
Want to get your whole house organized faster? Plan a gathering at your house at least once a month! Start opening up each of the rooms that once were what I call, “the whisper rooms!”, where you shoved all that left over, undecided upon stuff from the main areas so people wouldn’t see it.
You know how it works, right? When people show up, and comment that you have such a nice home, you say (whisper) things like, “Oh, thanks! . . . Just don’t go into that room!”
Each month you could clear out one more “that” whisper room you’ve created and have NO whisper rooms again! How great would that be?!!
Jump in! One chunk, pile, lump, stack and mess at a time. You’ll get there!
“The more you have, the more you are occupied.
The less you have, the more free you are.”
~ Mother Teresa