5 questions that make organising your home instantly easier
Decluttering is difficult. It takes time, effort and dedication.
As such, it’s easy to get bored, distracted or even just put it off entirely.
The good news is that there is a way to make decluttering easier. Just ask yourself these questions…
Why am I doing this?
The hardest part of decluttering is started. Who can be bothered when you’ve got a gazillion boxsets and movies you could watch instead?
It becomes a lot easier when you know why you’re decluttering though. Maybe you’re moving out soon, or perhaps you’ve got a baby on the way. You might just want some extra cash for the stuff you don’t want to use anymore. Whatever the reason, having something to aim for will make decluttering a lot easier.
What good will come of this?
You have your reason. Now consider all the good things that’ll come from decluttering. The extra space, the money, the smug satisfaction when people come round and comment on how lovely your home is.
Keep the positive benefits of decluttering in mind throughout. If you’re really struggling, take 5 minutes to daydream about all the lovely stuff you’ll have after you’ve sorted through your stuff. It should motivate you all over again!
Is there an easier way to do this?
Bill Gates famously said that he’d hire a lazy person to do a hard job because they’d find an easy way to do it.
Think of the quickest and laziest way to declutter your home. Maybe you could do it room-by-room or tackle clutter by category. You could even work in short bursts and take breaks in between – it might be more efficient.
Just do anything that’ll make organising your home easier. As long as it’s not shoving everything under a bed. That won’t solve anything.
Do I need this?
The most important question of them all. Question everything you pick up: do you use it? Will you use it? Have you even thought about it recently? It’ll make deciding whether to keep or sell it much easier.
Remember: this only works if you’re honest. Lame excuses about maybe using it in a few years don’t cut it. Lose anything that isn’t making your life better!
When can I finish?
This one sounds counterproductive but it’s nice to know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Set yourself a finish time; you might find that it helps you work harder!
It’s entirely up to you how you determine your finish time. You might want to give yourself a couple of hours so you can lazily declutter at your own pace, or you might want to go the Steve Jobs route and set yourself a ridiculously tough deadline that forces you to work quickly. It’s up to you!