How to declutter when you have zero motivation - What Katy Said

How to declutter when you have zero motivation

Inside: Ideas to help you find motivation to declutter your home.

Clutter is completely overwhelming, isn’t it? You know you need to tackle it but just looking at it brings you out in a cold sweat.

The thing is, clutter is suffocating you. It is stressing you out and making you unhappy. I know, because I have been there.

I am not a naturally tidy person, if you could have seen the state of my bedroom as a teen you would laugh! You could not see the floor. At all.

The thing is, I was not taught how to be tidy. I wasn’t raised to be a homemaker. I’ve had to teach myself and it is hard to forge a new habit.

Finding the motivation to start decluttering

Besides the fact that it is overwhelming, there are many reasons that keep us from starting the process. You may work long hours, you may suffer with chronic pain, you may have school runs and clubs to deal with – basically, a hectic modern lifestyle.

I hear you!

The thing is, you need to look at the bigger picture and make the time. I did my first major declutter when I had a 6-month-old baby and 2 other kids in school because if I hadn’t, my mental health would have suffered more than it already was.

Find your why

Why do you want to have a clutter-free house? What is it about your house that makes you miserable? If you don’t know why you are doing it you won’t see it through to the end.

So have a think and answer these questions.

I want to have a clutter-free house because….

A tidy house will make me feel …

Join a group

Support from others embarking on the same journey as you can be invaluable. On the days that you feel like you really can’t face it, they can inspire and motivate you to keep going.

If you are struggling to decide whether to get rid of something or not, they can help you be decisive.

You are very welcome to join my Facebook Group ‘Decluttering Motherhood‘. It isn’t just for decluttering, it is a group of supportive mums that are there for each other. No negativity, no judgement, just helpful and loving women who are there for you.

Set yourself a goal

When would you like to have it all done? Is there an event you are working towards? Someone coming to stay? If you don’t have an enforced timeframe, make one.

Decide that you want to tackle one room a week, or one room a month until each room is done.

Don’t set an unrealistic goal as you’ll end up falling behind and feeling like a failure. Life is busy, everyone works at a different pace. Set a goal that you know you can work towards and you will succeed.

Make a plan

This is important as without a plan you’ll lose focus and end up regretting the whole project.

How long can you dedicate each day? Each week? If you work long hours you may want to set aside one morning each weekend. Or perhaps you are home in the week and so could spend a little time each day.

Again, we are all different, decide what is possible for you.

You will also need to have a plan of attack. What room will you start with? Which order will you move around the house? Have you got a few days off which could coincide with a trickier space?

Once you have your plan you are ready to start!


Start small

I can tell you now, if you start with the biggest or hardest project then you will end up overwhelmed and miserable. Then you’ll quit. What you need to do is pick an easy win – a drawer or a box that won’t take you more than 5 minutes.

Once you have a few of those under your belt you can move onto slightly bigger areas and spend 15 minutes at a time. Set yourself a timer and stick to it.

Timers are great as they motivate you to keep going rather than clock watching. Short bursts of activity will keep you feeling motivated also – nobody wants to spend 3 hours knee-deep in mess!

Another quick tip is to take a box and set yourself a goal to find 50 things around the house that you no longer need. It is a little less stressful than tackling an area all at once.

Listen to music

Silence is not your friend when you have a job ahead of you – you’ll send yourself crazy! Pop on your favourite cd or find a playlist on Spotify that will keep you feeling upbeat.

I have created a playlist that helps me and you are more than welcome to listen to it too – find it here.

Reward yourself

Some may say that the reward is a tidy room. I say to hell with that, I need rewards!

When each room is finished, treat yourself to something that will make the room even lovelier. A bunch of flowers for the dining room table, a new candle for the windowsill, a new cushion for the sofa.

Adding finishing touches help you to love the space further still and will mean you take pride in keeping it tidy.

I hope that you found these tips useful. If you have any questions, do pop them in the comments below.

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