How do you stay motivated when you want to quit?

That’s the million-dollar question that many would love to know the answer to because it can be applied to just about anything when you have the urge to quit:

  • Losing weight
  • Getting fit
  • Decluttering your stuff

Maybe if you’re a robot you’re not tempted to quit, but if you’re a human…

  • You get overwhelmed and exhausted.
  • You procrastinate and make excuses.
  • You get decision fatigue.

How to be successful at your decluttering journey in 2024

You’re definitely not alone in this decluttering journey. If you want to be successful at decluttering your home in 2024, staying motivated and staying focused is essential.

This blog is intended to support your success, ignite your passion, and boost your motivation so that you can conquer the urge to quit and regain your momentum.

When I started to prepare for this blog, I promised you 4 tricks to stay motivated when you want to quit, but once I got started, I came up with 24!

Here are my top 4 tricks and hacks to stay motivated to help you keep moving forward

1. Commit to this mantra: Quitting is not an option.

As challenging as the decluttering journey might be, rest if you must, but don’t quit.

2. Plan a party!

Invite friends to a party at your home in 3 weeks. There’s nothing more motivating than challenging yourself to a deadline like this. Try it. It works!

3. First, decide what to keep.

This simple shift in the way you think about the process of decluttering is golden. It makes decluttering so much easier when you start to think this way rather than deciding what to discard and donate.

4. Let go of perfection.

Forget Perfection. It only slows you down.

Decluttering is a messy process that takes time, but it also requires that you make focused decisions.

You’ll be surprised at how much faster and easier it is to decide when you stop trying to get it right 100% of the time.

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5. Just get moving.

Without action, nothing happens. Commit to taking one step, and then another. One shelf, one drawer, one closet at a time.

6. Set realistic goals.

When you set smaller, more attainable goals, you see results faster.

Once you start to see progress, you will regain momentum.

7. Take “before” and “after” pictures.

What’s more motivating than seeing the results of your efforts? Don’t forget this important step even if it’s just a small area.

Posting the “before” and “after” pictures are intended to motivate you, keep you going, and also to remind you that you that you want to move forward, not backward.

8. Create a vision for your life after clutter.

What will you do and with whom with the extra time and freedom you have when you live clutter-free?

9. Understand the consequences of quitting.

What if you quit?

Ask yourself: If you’ve come this far, do you want to return to your former cluttered life?

Feel the emotions associated with how it was before and how it is after you decluttered an area.

10. Stop feeling sorry for yourself.

Decluttering is a marathon, not a sprint. Yes, you will get tired and overwhelmed, but it will be worth it. Kick butt when you start to feel sorry for yourself.

11. Understand why decluttering is important to you.

Knowing your “Why.”

(i.e., living a simpler life with less) will be the inspiration you can depend on when you’re tired and want to quit. It will help reignite your passion.

12. Restart in an easy area.

If you are looking for easy areas to declutter where you can see quick results that boost your motivation, try these areas:

  • Linen closet
  • Nightstand
  • Junk drawer
  • Medicine cabinet

13. What worked for you in the past when you got stuck and lacked motivation?

Build upon your past experiences to know how to kickstart your decluttering efforts once again.

14. Review your progress weekly.

Tracking your progress is critical to conquering the urge to quit and to remain focused to the end. Review how far you’ve come each week.

15. Play a decluttering game.

Include your family in a fun 30-minute decluttering game every day. Make sure to set your timer.

  • Toys
  • Clothing
  • Books
  • Magazines

Have fun. Don’t take the decluttering and yourself seriously.

16. Play your favorite music or podcast.

This will help you relax and focus and enjoy the process of decluttering.

17. Decide to decide.

In order to make your valuable time more effective, before you start a decluttering session, decide to decide.

Commit to making quick, deliberate decisions so you can make good progress.

18. Which decluttering method or methods work best for you.

Figure out whether you are a fast declutterer and prefer quick bursts of decluttering energy, or if you are a slower declutterer and prefer decluttering at a slower pace such as room-by-room method.

19. Use a decluttering checklist.

A checklist helps you stay focused and on track. Many people find the decluttering checklist essential to tracking their progress.

20. Take a break and don’t feel guilty.

Decluttering can be overwhelming and exhausting, both physically and mentally. We all need a break once in a while. Don’t feel guilty about taking a weekend or two off from decluttering. You’ll feel refreshed when you restart but make sure you commit to a time and date to restart.

21. Celebrate big and small wins!

Both are wins.

Reward yourself with something that you like to do that will acknowledge your progress.

22. Give yourself grace.

When you believe you can, anything is possible. Keep going, never give up, but along the way, be kind and compassionate to yourself.

23. Know what time of day works best for you to declutter.

When do you have your best energy? What time works best for you? Schedule your decluttering sessions around those times.

24. Give yourself something to look forward to.

Make 2024 the year you started to look at your life differently. Make it your best year ever.

You’ve tried and failed before, but you’ve grown from it, you’ve learned from it. Become the hero of your own decluttering story.

We all have setbacks, but when you do, it’s important to still stay positive and believe you can conquer the urge to quit.

Stay focused on your vision for a clutter-free life, one that is peaceful, calm, and simple.

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