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  Does your home or workspace feel messy and cluttered? Having too much stuff around can make you feel stressed and unmotivated. But don’t worry! Today is Motivation Monday – the perfect day for a fresh start. By decluttering your space, you can declutter your mind too. An organized environment allows you to think more clearly and feel more in control. Getting rid of mess and excess stuff lifts a mental burden. Let’s get motivated to clean up!
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Where to Begin?

The thought of decluttering can feel overwhelming at first. But try not to look at the whole messy space at once. Instead, start small by focusing on one area or room. Tackle that space bit by bit. Perhaps you want to start with your home office or bedroom. Or maybe the living room or kitchen is the biggest problem area. Choose one space to concentrate your decluttering efforts. As you declutter, have three boxes or bins ready to sort items into: one for stuff to keep, one for donations, and one for trash. Separating items into these categories right away keeps you organized.

Purge the Unnecessary

Now it’s time to go through every single item and decide what stays and what goes. Tap into your motivation by envisioning how great the space will look decluttered and organized! For each possession, honestly ask yourself “Do I truly need or love this?” If not, get rid of it by putting it into the donations or trash bin. Don’t second guess yourself or make excuses to keep things you don’t actively use or enjoy. Having fewer possessions feels so freeing!
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Find a Home for Everything   

After purging unloved and unneeded items, everything else must have a designated “home” or storage spot in the newly decluttered space. Group similar items together. Use organizers like bins, shelves, and drawer dividers to keep things tidy. Get creative with storage solutions that fit your space. Having a place for everything makes putting stuff away a breeze.

Maintain the Motivation

Once your chosen space is decluttered and organized, take a step back and enjoy the results! Having a clean, clutter-free area promotes calmness and productivity. To maintain this motivated, decluttered mindset, get in the habit of putting items back in their “home” when you’re finished using them. Periodically reassess your possessions too, purging anything you no longer need.
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Final Thoughts

Just think how accomplished you’ll feel having one fully decluttered, organized space! Let that motivate you to declutter other areas of your home or workspace. Decluttering is rejuvenating for both your physical and mental spaces. So take that first step today. A decluttered home equals a decluttered mind!
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This article was first published on 13th May 2024 and updated on May 15th, 2024 at 6:01 pm


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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