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From Zero to Hero: How to have the Motivation of a Decluttering Champion


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There's no greater feeling than waking up in the morning, full of energy and excited to start the day. Trouble is, most of us don't wake up like that. I wake up most mornings a little bleary, a little groggy and a lot grumpy.

When we feel unmotivated like this, it can be almost impossible to get anything done. The effort to strap on running shoes and go for a jog becomes herculean. Just thinking about finishing that important work report is exhausting enough to have you heading back for the warmth of bed.

Many people feel this way about housework: cleaning, tidying, decluttering, organising. Their lack of motivation leads to laundry spilling from the hamper, dirty dishes piling up in the sink and old, unworn clothes gathering dust for years.

Do not fear!

It does not have to be this way. In fact, motivation is not something that we are born with, it is something we learn. When you feel unmotivated and uninspired it can be difficult to accept you'll ever feel differently, but it is absolutely possible.

Struggling to find the motivation to declutter your house? I know how you feel. Been there, done that, kept the T-shirt that didn't fit.

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Finding the motivation to declutter revolutionised my life and my home. It didn't happen overnight and I am still far from perfect today, but I am happy to say that cleaning, tidying, decluttering and organising are no longer jobs I can never find the energy for.

Step 1

The first step to finding the motivation of a decluttering champion is to ask yourself why. What is the purpose behind decluttering? Are you doing this to make money to go on holiday? Are you craving a simpler lifestyle? Are you overwhelmed by the chaos of your home?

Deciphering why you want to declutter is your first and most important step to building motivation momentum. In order to build the most motivation possible, try and be as specific as you can about your goals.

I decluttered my life because I wanted to clear my physical and mental space of unnecessary stresses. You may want to declutter your wardrobe so getting dressed in the morning is easier, or declutter your garage so you can park your car in it. Keep that end-goal in sight and track each step towards it.

Step 2