The secret to stay committed when decluttering your environment
Picture this, …
You have decided, this time is the one: You’re going to change things around in your home, and you’re itching to let go of a LOT of stuff.
You're ready to go, over motivated. You have your sharpies, your post-its, and your trash bags. You feel like Rocky getting ready in the streets of Philadelphia. The Eye of The Tiger plays in your head. Tomorrow is the day!
But the next day, comes the doubt. Ta-dum…
The overwhelm kicks in, and you find yourself thinking unhelpful thoughts like…
😫 ”I’ll never be able to do this on my own.”
😢 ”I will never have the time and the energy to go through everything.”
Let’s pause here.
You're good? OK. (No? Breath again!)
Then ask yourself something….why am I doing this?
We sometime tend to resist change…because we think we cannot stick with a new habit, we get afraid of the unknown future and resign before even trying.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Chances are, you are putting way too much pressure on your shoulder right now.
So, if this resonates with you, stop worrying and do this instead:
Firstly, make yourself a vision board and put it somewhere you see it every day.
Yep, pretty basic, but it works: every time you have doubts, losing energy and/or motivation, it will help you remember why you are doing this.
Secondly, follow the rules.
Finish discarding first, go by category, follow the right order and only keep what spark joy.
I promise you each of these rules has an excellent reason to be (yes they do, have a look at your Rock Your Life guide) and they WILL lead you to the results.
But want to know the BIG secret to finish your first big bang in your home?
Take care of yourself throughout the whole process. Take breaks. Eat snack. If you have one, journal your thoughts and emotions. And NEVER beat yourself up, for anything. Not if there are periods of time when you can’t find the time. Not if you wonder why you spend so much money on [insert here something expensive that never sparked joy for you]. Nothing!
And most importantly, celebrate your achievement! Make before/after pictures for yourself. Typically, once done, we tend to forget the mess it was before. With the pictures, you can actually see the difference.
This will give you momentum and more and more confident about your ability to change things, step by step because you are patient with yourself.
You’ve got this.
Until next time,
PS: If you don’t know what I mean with “your Rock Your Life guide”, you can download it here.