Decluttering can be a challenging task, but the feeling of accomplishment that follows is incredibly rewarding.
As you work your way through your possessions, letting go of items that no longer serve a purpose, you create space not only in your physical environment but also in your mind.
The true reward is a home that is clutter-free and easy to maintain. However, a little treat to brighten your day and reward your efforts along the way can help you maintain motivation and make the process a little easier.
CREATE TRIGGER EVENTS
Create a trigger for a reward. The trigger could be once you've decluttered a room, part of a room, your wardrobe, 'that' drawer, a category or the number of bags or items you have decluttered.
I have a client whose trigger event for a reward is dropping off her donations at the charity shop. The reward is going to the quiet cafe near to the charity shop and having a restful 30 minutes to herself with a comfortable chair, a cup of coffee and a magazine.
Treat yourself to something you'll enjoy and look forward to - a special coffee, a favourite snack, a long bath or a short break with a good book.
MINI MILESTONE REWARDS
Setting smaller goals within your larger decluttering project can make the process more manageable - and give you more frequent opportunities for rewards.
EXPERIENCES OVER STUFF
Try to choose things and experiences that aren't going to add to your clutter. You want to avoid adding more stuff to your home after you've been working so hard to simplify.
Rewards don't have to involve buying more stuff. They don't even have to cost anything.
Take time for yourself and do nothing.
Phone or Facetime a friend.
Take a flask of coffee and go and meet a friend.
Have a long bath.
Read a book.
Take a nap.
Watch a film.
Listen to music.
Take time to colour, doodle or journal.
Use something that you have been saving for a special occasion.
Wear something you feel great in for no particular reason.
REWARD WITH QUALITY TIME
Plan a special outing with friends or family, take a long walk in nature, or spend a day doing something you love. Quality time spent with loved ones and engaging in activities you enjoy can be the most satisfying rewards of all.
CREATE A 'ME-TIME' SPACE
Just looking at a newly decluttered space is often reward enough in itself, but spend some time in your space, reconnect with it and enjoy using it again.
If you have finished decluttering your bathroom - treat yourself to a long bath or pamper evening.
If you have finished decluttering your kitchen - spend some time making things that you and your family love to eat and enjoy together afterwards.
Once you've decluttered your bedroom - enjoy a book in bed and an early night.
Reconnect with the spaces in your home.
Dedicate some of your newfound space to create a cosy, clutter-free space to enjoy. This could be a reading corner, a meditation spot, or a craft area. Design a space solely for your enjoyment, rewarding yourself with a sanctuary of serenity.
DONATing your items can be rewarding
Consider selling or donating items that are still in good condition but no longer needed. Minimise waste and find a sense of purpose. The satisfaction of helping others by donating your unwanted items can feel very rewarding.
If you decide to sell your items, you can use the proceeds to treat yourself or donate the money to a charity that is meaningful to you.
Decluttering is a journey, and it's essential to acknowledge and celebrate each step you take.
It is not just about getting rid of stuff; it's about making space for a simpler, more intentional and fulfilling life. So, as you embark on this journey, don't forget to reward yourself for your hard work and the positive changes you're making in your life. You deserve it!
What do you do to stay motivated when decluttering? I'd love to hear your tips and what works for you.