Our homes are our personal palaces, and should be the kinds of places that we can feel truly comfortable and pleased with, whatever else may be going on in our lives.
Of course, that’s the ideal, but it’s often not the reality. Generally speaking, we all have moments when we haven’t been as attentive to our homes as we should have been, and the consequence are dust, clutter, and general mayhem.
Organising and working on your home isn’t necessarily going to be the kind of thing that you feel automatically motivated to do. So, here are a few tips to motivate yourself to pay more attention to your home.
Decide what your ideal home would look like, and come up with a basic action plan for moving your current home in that direction
Generally speaking, it’s much easier to motivate yourself to make consistent progress towards organising and optimising your home, if you’ve got some “ideal” template to work towards.
Take some time to reflect on what your ideal home would look like, and then visualise that in some detail. Does it have Golden Oak Wood Flooring, a particular style of windows, or an open plan kitchen and living room?
Once you’ve come up with an idea of what your dream home would look like, brainstorm a basic action plan for moving your current home in that direction.
This doesn’t have to be all-encompassing. Just take a moment to see why things are right now, and then think of the small things you could do that would move stuff in the right direction.
Work to combat your stress levels and get more rest, and you’ll likely feel a lot more motivated, in general, to work on your home
If you are totally stressed out, terribly highly strung, and feel as though the world is going to collapse on you at any moment, it goes without saying that you are not likely to feel very motivated to deal with any chores or projects around the home.
The more stress we feel, the more everything around us seems daunting and catastrophic. And if you are chronically stressed, your energy levels can get hit very hard, and so can your sense of well-being.
Figure out some techniques to reliably reduce your stress levels in a true, healthy and sustainable way (in other words, not by drinking cocktails), and you’ll likely feel a lot more motivated, in general, to work on your home.
Follow some motivational home-organising system that you can get behind
A lot of books have been written about how to get your home in order and how to turn it into your personal paradise. And those books generally include specific systems and routines for getting your home in order.
In recent times, one of the most popular home-organising systems has been Marie Kondo’s “Konmari Method,” which involves you filtering through your belongings in a particular order, and in a particular way, and getting rid of things that don’t “spark joy.”
It’s always easier to get things done when you’re following some kind of a system, so consider following some motivational home-organising system that you can get behind, and that works for you.