A few weeks ago, I wrote about preparing for our tag sale. Having a specific deadline motivated my family and me to declutter and get rid of a lot of things. The event was a success and we felt great! While scheduling the tag sale was a terrific motivator, there are other types of events that can make us evaluate our “stuff,” declutter, and let go. What has your experience been like with event inspired decluttering?
5 Events To Motivate Decluttering
1. Entertaining – Throwing a party of any size (from an intimate dinner to a large BBQ) can motivate us to declutter and organize. Spending time with the people we love rather than accumulating more “stuff” brings positive energy into our lives. Use happiness producing events to keep clutter in check.
2. Life Event – Marriage, birth, job change, medical emergency, empty nest, divorce, or death are times of transition. These life events make us rethink our possessions and spaces to accommodate major changes. Things that were once relevant aren’t any more. In our search for clarity and the new normal, letting go and decluttering becomes crucial.
3. Moving – Whether we are increasing or decreasing our living space in a move, there will be things that won’t be needed. Moving motivates us to evaluate the “stuff” and release the extraneous. The more decluttering you do before a move, the easier it will be to set up your new home. On a recent post, one of our readers (Rosemary) shared that as she was preparing for her move, she posted a sign in her triage area that helped her evaluate what to keep. It read, “All you need is less.”
4. Renovating – Going through a renovation is stress producing. It’s also a fabulous opportunity to ask lots of questions, release clutter, and create room for the things you treasure most. Rooms get emptied to prepare for construction and then re-organized when the building is done. It’s a natural opportunity to be ruthless and only put back what you really want.
5. Tag Sale – Bringing us full circle to the beginning of this post, having a tag sale gives you a specific deadline to work towards, increases your motivation for letting go, is an enjoyable social event, and lets you make a few bucks. It’s also fun to meet the buyers of your “stuff,” and know that your possessions will be useful and enjoyed by others.
What events have motivated you to declutter? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation.