The next Sick of Being Stuck (SOBS) classes are about to begin and I’ve been formally challenged to “Bring the party!” this month. Since I’m not one to shy away from a challenge, I’ve accepted and now I am scrambling to up my game in the month ahead. Here are a few of the things that I already know improve our clutter clearing, organizing, and cleaning experiences.
1. Music – I don’t know the science behind it but everything is better to a beat. At my house, what’s good enough for a party is good enough for putting away laundry. And the more resistance I’m feeling to the task, the louder the music has to be to get me moving.
2. Flowers – Perhaps it’s a little like giving myself a reward for something I haven’t done yet, but bringing flowers into the space I need to work in certainly lifts my mood. Also, tending my inside plants will usually get me moving again. If I’m stuck and dusting isn’t sexy enough to get me off the couch, then watering the plants usually inspires enough to at least get me vertical.
3. Company – When I was a kid, I figured out that cleaning up with a friend was usually more fun than doing it alone. The same is true for me today. While it is certainly nice to have had help cleaning up after a sleepover when I was young or a play date when I had them for my children, or after a dinner party like I might have today, I find that it is actually the company that makes it much better for me.
This might mean that your friend comes to help you clean one day and the next time you go help your friend, or it might just mean that you call up a friend to chat while you’re doing some of the mindless activities. As long as you remember to be productive, a helper can make the time pass more quickly, help keep you focused, and assist you with the decision making process (especially around what can be released).
4. Game plan – I work with all of my new students to craft a strategy that’s customized to their space, a game plan to help them. It’s so easy to wander off when you’re doing something that’s hard, so write a list of what you intend to do and keep checking back in with it to make sure you stay on track.