5 Events To Motivate Decluttering
1. Entertaining – Throwing a party of any size (from an intimate dinner to a large BBQ) can motivate us to declutter and organize. Spending time with the people we love rather than accumulating more “stuff” brings positive energy into our lives. Use happiness producing events to keep clutter in check.
2. Life Event – Marriage, birth, job change, medical emergency, empty nest, divorce, or death are times of transition. These life events make us rethink our possessions and spaces to accommodate major changes. Things that were once relevant aren’t any more. In our search for clarity and the new normal, letting go and decluttering becomes crucial.
3. Moving – Whether we are increasing or decreasing our living space in a move, there will be things that won’t be needed. Moving motivates us to evaluate the “stuff” and release the extraneous. The more decluttering you do before a move, the easier it will be to set up your new home. “All you need is less.”
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4. Renovating – Going through a renovation is stress producing. It’s also a fabulous opportunity to ask lots of questions, release clutter, and create room for the things you treasure most. Rooms get emptied to prepare for construction and then re-organized when the building is done. It’s a natural opportunity to be ruthless and only put back what you really want.
5. Yard Sales – Having a yard sale gives you a specific deadline to work towards, increases your motivation for letting go, is an enjoyable social event, and lets you make a few bucks. It’s also fun to meet the buyers of your “stuff,” and know that your possessions will be useful and enjoyed by others.