Boy! Do I ever identify with that! However, I have come to the conclusion that it isn't about motivation:
IT'S ABOUT PLANNING!
HERE'S HOW IT'S DONE:
First, get a paper and pencil. (See you're already on a roll!)
Next, with focus on what needs to be done, make a list.
Then, prioritize. That is, number tasks in order of importance or preference. (I often throw in an asterisk for things I really want to do or that are really easy.)
After that, take a break. Go get a hamburger or ice cream cone, or cruise the dollar store! (or mall!)
Later, choose a task to do:
Assemble the tools and materials you need to do the job.
Some items might include:
- a trash bag for, you guessed it, TRASH
- a trash bag for things to give away
- a box or two to hold everything from that drawer or closet.
- vacuum, broom or mop
- spray bottle of cleaning stuff like windex or 409
- marker and sticky labels, tape
- CD player, radio or ipod (gotta do it with music, right?) ((OR your bluetooth & phone))
NOW... It doesn't take motivation to do a task. It takes energy to look at the project and just do it.
Let's say we're gonna clean out the closet... Ready all? Let's go!
- Take EVERYTHING out of the closet. (if you have a walk-in closet, this is easier said than done, and you'll want to quit right here and now.) Walk-in closets require a slightly altered strategy. Do one side at a time. Done? OK, next step.
- Sweep, vacuum and clean the shelves and floors.
- Now, look at the closet. Nice, huh? Yep!
- Are you ready for the big motivator now? Yes? Here it is: Look at that big pile of stuff you just put on your bed or floor! MOTIVATION!
- Relax, take a deep breath: This is the fun part. Taking one item in hand you get to make an executive decision. You have three choices = Give away, Throw away, OR Return to the closet.
- How do you decide? Get a grip: if you haven't worn it in three years, it's out of date and you probably won't ever wear it again. GET RID OF IT! (I promise, you'll get used to this!)
- If you will wear it in the next six months, arrange it neatly on its hanger and place in the closet. OR place it on a shelf or on the floor if it is in the category of shoes, hats, purses.
NOTE: a bedroom closet should be ONLY for clothing items. ONLY.
If you're not in an apartment with limited storage, do not put storage items in your clothes closet! Put them in a box outside the room for later placement.
IF at any time you start to get frustrated, leave the room, take a walk and breathe deeply.
By the time you have to fix dinner you will probably see a neatly organized closet and a couple of bags of give-aways. Take these bags to the car for your next trip to the store passing a thrift shop on the way.
NEXT INSTALLMENT TO ORGANIZATION: What do I do with the stuff I am keeping?