After reading The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker, the question beckons: WHY do you want a decluttered home? What is your motivation to do all this work? Becker says he decluttered his home so that he could have more time with his family. He later received other unexpected benefits, but at first his loved ones were his motivation.
The other month I was helping a mother & her elementary school aged son declutter their playroom. The boy wanted to keep most things. He was attached to most of his toys, papers and memorabilia. He had seen some of Marie Kondo’s, Tidying Up Netflix series and was familiar with the question, “Does this spark joy?” Well, he answered yes to almost everything. A piece of wrinkled paper with a circle the size of a quarter written in pen sparked joy because his friend drew it and he wanted to finish the picture. I struggled to motivate him to donate or throw away much of anything.
Hmm…I had jumped in too soon and I had to take a step back and ask him why he wanted a clear space. What did he want from his playroom? Space to play with his friends? I asked him what his ideal playroom looked like and he drew this picture. I recommended he post this picture somewhere he will see everyday to keep him motivated. This is his end goal. How will he feel in his new space? What will it be like?
Just like Stephen Covey’s, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People suggestions, start with the end in mind. What is your goal? What will your life & home look like with less stuff?
This is what my end will look like:
- I showed my daughters life is about experiences not things: ie) we took significant vacations once a year for over 30 years
- After my passing, all my things could fit in a 4-door car (I feel my Mom’s Love)
Why do you want a decluttered home? Decluttering your entire home can be daunting and overwhelming. It is tough. It can take months or years to complete. There are so many decisions to make. How do you get through this? Keep your eyes on the prize! We can do this together. Please share your why below. Let me know if I can help keep you accountable.
Thanks for reading and sharing,