Few motivators can be as powerful as the disdain and concerned looks of friends and coworkers. The Unclutterer blog suggests flipping that shame into a recurring motivator by inviting folks over to your house or workspace.
Photo by Nai.
Rather than let her casual nesting instincts take over and occasionally embarrass her with unexpected visitors, writer Erin Rooney Doland makes it a point to invite guests to her home for regular wine and cheese gatherings, and used to ask her boss to drop by her office at her desk job. What are the benefits of regular party invites, beyond the party?
I have to clean out the refrigerator to make space for the hors d'oeuvres, I purge all the clutter in the house, and I make sure that everything I own has a "home." I also call in a service a few days in advance to help me get all of the nooks and crannies that usually get overlooked a good cleaning. Then, after all of my hard work, I get to celebrate my orderly space with my friends.
Not everybody can call in a cleaning service to help out, but most of us can use the motivation of friends' and managers' opinions, especially the picky ones, to overcome our own worst let-it-ride instincts.
Need motivation? Send an invitation [Unclutterer]