priorities can help you battle one of the most difficult blocks to
getting rid of clutter...motivation. In the past I had made some
half-hearted attempts to get organized, but the desire to keep going
usually fizzled quickly. I often wondered how I could stay motivated.
It wasn't until I wanted something badly enough that I would sacrifice
almost anything for it, including my old belongings, that I learned the
first key to motivation.
Motivation is born of desire. The stronger the desire for something,
the stronger the motivation. For me, it took realizing that clutter was
robbing me of something I was passionate about (a career in writing) to
motivate me to change.
When you take the time to realize that clutter almost never helps you
get what you most want, indeed it subtly interferes with you getting
what you want, then the desire to root out clutter becomes stronger.
Get a notebook and on a blank page start listing things that are
important to you. Then start numbering each item in order of
importance, one being the most important and so on. I’ll bet
that no matter how many priorities you wrote down clutter
wasn’t listed among them. But many of us put clutter above
those priorities anyway through the simple method of ignoring said
Now, focus on the top three to five priorities and ask yourself if the
clutter in your home helps you with those. Chances are they
don’t. Now, think of ways in which the clutter may actually
be hindering your ability to give high attention to those priorities.
If clutter isn’t helping you in regards to your priorities do
you want to let it remain in your life?
For example, say I want more time for my family and so I am willing to
let go of those things that cause me to have more housework to do. Or
you want to save money for a vacation and eliminating the clutter in
that storage unit saves you a little bit of money each month, bringing
you a little bit closer to your goal.
Keep thinking about those priorities. Keep thinking about them until
you want them so badly that you won’t let anything, including
those loose objects all around the house, keep you from having them. Do
that and you’ll have found a key source to motivating
yourself to keep on doing something about your clutter.
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