How to get excited about decluttering & cleaning your home

Not only can clutter create confusion and disorder in the home, it can also increase your stress levels. When you live in a disorganised environment, the chaos can weigh you down and steal your peace. There are many advantages to conquering clutter. If you're having trouble motivating yourself to declutter, create a list of the benefits that will result from your efforts. Get excited about decluttering and cleaning your home so you can dive into the project with energy and enthusiasm.

Imagine the way your home will look after you clean and declutter it. Visualise how your living areas will look after you organise and declutter; no more piles of books, stacks of old magazines and items strewn haphazardly throughout the rooms. Also think about how much you will enjoy organised closets, drawers and cupboards.

Address one room at a time so you don't become overwhelmed. If your home needs a lot of work, the sheer enormity of the project may make it difficult to begin. Tackle one room at a time and work to restore order to that room before you move onto another room.

Redecorate the room after you finish decluttering to highlight its new look. Treat yourself to new curtains, a fresh coat of paint, new throw pillows or art for the walls.

Give away useful items to a charity of your choice so you can feel good about decluttering. If you have old electronics, clothes, books, sporting equipment and toys that no one in your home uses anymore, give these items away to help others. Let your good feelings motivate you to dig deeper and continue finding more items to give away.

Throw a decluttering party. Invite a few friends over to help you clean a room. Serve food and drinks, put on some lively music and start sorting through the junk. Your friends can help you sort items into a "throw away" box, a "give away" box or a "put away" box.

Savour the feeling of accomplishment when you finish decluttering a room in your home. Spend time in the clean area, basking in the minimalist feel of the space. Note how peaceful and serene you feel when you sit in the area to motivate yourself to continue working on the rest of your home.

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Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.