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Have you tried to declutter your home once and for all only to get about halfway and lose steam? I have a tip to share with you today that just might help you finally toss that clutter until it is all gone.
I am sure by now you have seen “one word” quotes or perhaps you have heard of people who have picked “one word” to inspire them throughout the coming year. One word can carry so much meaning for a person that they are willing to tattoo it on their bodies permanently.
Don’t worry–I am not going to ask you to get a tattoo, but I am asking you to pick a word.
How One Word Can Motivate You To Toss That Clutter Until It Is All Gone
Decluttering can take a long time and when goals take a long time, we sometimes get lost. We are not even sure where the finish line is. A single word is an easy way to remember what the finish line will feel like for you.
Take a few minutes to visualize what your home will look like when it is clutter free. Now imagine how it will feel to be standing in your clutter free home. What one word best describes that feeling? That vision is your finish line and that word is your vision prompter.
Yes, it might sound a bit cheesy, but it works. Here is a quote from Live Simply: Declutter Your Environment, Unload Your Mind And Simplify Your Life As Much As You Want that backs this theory up.
” Instead of brewing and stewing over all the clutter you currently have, start visualizing your house as clutter free… This particular rule may take some getting used to. But I have tried it — and it works. After a while you have an image of your house, as it should be, clean and without useless stuff strewn around. And the next thing you know, you’re taking steps –sometimes just baby steps –towards your vision.”
With a word tied to your vision, you have a simple reminder that will help you make tossing clutter a part of your everyday routine.
A Few Examples Of One Word Quotes That Motivate
A while back I asked my Snail Pacing Clutter Removers Facebook Group to describe in one word how they thought a clutter free home would make them feel. These are the words they shared: open, content, calm, peaceful, free, ecstatic, relieved, liberated, happy, proud, relaxed, lighter. And then there was the comment that made me laugh–Confused. I would think someone had robbed me and cleaned up. Lol!
Make Your Word Highly Visible
Okay so you don’t have to write your one word quote everywhere, but I do want you to keep it visible in the places you tend to escape to the most when you don’t feel motivated. Perhaps that is the couch in front of the TV? The car that takes you out so you can avoid dealing with the mess? The bedroom where you cuddle up with a good book? The kitchen where you look for snacks to pass the time? Only you know your favorite spots–make your word extremely visible in those areas.
A Few Ideas For How To Display Your Word
The simplest way to post your word is to grab a stack of sticky notes and a pen and write the word you choose on several, then stick them up in all the places you know you like to go to when you want to avoid decluttering.
If you want to do something a bit more permanent, use a cute font in your word processing program or on picmonkey, then print it out on cardstock and frame it. If you don’t want an 8×10 print, you could make a 4×6 print by just placing the frame on top of the word and tracing around it with pencil and then cut it to fit the frame.
For an ever visible yet less permanent option than a body tattoo, you could write the word on your hand in permanent marker before you start your weekly decluttering session. That way each time you struggle with letting an item go you will see the word on your hand and remember that the hard work will be worth it in the end.
Okay, now spill it! In the comment section tell me what your word is. Or better yet click over to Facebook and join my Snail Pace Clutter Removers group and then add your answer to the string of comments I got when I asked the group what their word was.
3 More Posts On Decluttering You Are Going To Want To Read:
- How To Start Decluttering When You Feel Overwhelmed
- How To Declutter Even When You Don’t Feel Like It
- 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: A Realistic Decluttering Plan For Busy Families (with free printable)
Feel like you would love to get rid of the stress your cluttered home is causing you, but you simply don’t know how you could squeeze time to declutter into your already cram packed life?
I recommend taking Make Over Your Mornings and/or Make Over Your Evenings. These are 15 day, video driven courses that come with a workbook for you to complete. Each day’s lesson consists of a five minute video, five minutes of reading and a five minute workbook activity.
The information I learned in the Make Over Your Evenings course gave me 30 minutes each and every morning without getting up earlier. The Makeover Your Mornings course is just as full of great time saving advice that can help you carve out time to rid your house of clutter and finally make your home the haven you know it could be.
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