If staring at a giant pile of stuff you never use isn't enough motivation for you to start decluttering, getting your friends and family involved in their own decluttering projects might help. That's where "swap parties" come in.
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Decluttering is hard work, so there's no need to feel ashamed if your motivation just isn't there. Carolyn Purnell at Apartment Therapy suggests group motivation from hosting a swap party might be the remedy you need. At a swap party, everyone brings all of the stuff they want to get rid of that's still useful, and people can trade or take things they actually need while getting rid of everything they don't. This is motivating for three reasons:
- You set the date for the party and that gives you a clear goal and deadline.
- You get a reward at the end of your hard work in the form of hanging out with friends, indulging in good food and drink, and possibly nabbing a useful item you needed.
- You feel accountable and don't want to show up empty-handed (you may even get competitive and try to have the most stuff).
After the party, everything that nobody wants gets donated or sold. You can even make your swap parties a regular occurrence to keep your clutter from piling up. Sometimes getting rid of all the stuff you don't need just takes a little planning. Check out the link below to learn more.
A Marie Kondo Swap: Turn Your Decluttering into a Party [Apartment Therapy]