It's that time of year again, we're back to talk about spring cleaning. Typically, we talk about the steps you need to take when spring cleaning. Today, we're taking a slightly different approach. In life, as in business, we know that motivation is the key to success. That's why we want to talk about ways to motivate yourself so that you'll actually be excited about spring cleaning. Keep reading for some tips that will have raring to go start cleaning and ways to use Stockpile simple home inventory solution to make these job easier in the future.
Are you hearing the soccer announcer's scream as a team scores? We hope so! What could be more motivating than that? Unfortunately, we can't send a guy to your house to cheer every time you do something. We can, however, assure you that checking things off of your to do list will feel really good.
For that to work, of course, you need to actually have a list and that's the goal that we're really talking about here. You need to have an idea of what you're trying to accomplish with your cleaning. Just general cleaning isn't a bad idea, but having a clear idea of why you're cleaning and what you want the final outcome to look like is a better one. Decide what you hope to accomplish in each room and write it down. Not only will this list give you a clear idea of just how big a job this is, it will also keep you on target and motivated.
No Gray Areas
Be specific! If you are vague in your planning it can be difficult to be precise in your execution. When your motivation starts to wane it can be easy to throw in the towel and call the job done, even when it really isn't. Don't give yourself an easy out. Include all the details that you want to achieve. This will keep you on target and it will give you more opportunities to rack up those little check marks. When you see that list of completed items starting to grow it can really up your motivation to finish strong.
No one knows what motivates you better than you do. Before you dive into this project decide on a reward for yourself. If you know that you tend to get overwhelmed and give up before you finish projects you can even give yourself smaller incremental rewards. Sometimes knowing that you'll have a cleaner more organized house just isn't reward enough, and that's okay. If it takes a pedicure, a trip to Starbucks, or a loaded pizza to keep you motivated, we say "Go for it!"
You know how great model homes and those featured in magazines look? Why can't your home be just as clean and organized? Flip through some magazines or browse some online sites to get inspired. Then take a good look at your own space and find ways to get the look you want. Pretend that someone is coming to photograph your home for a magazine spread. What would you do to get ready? Once you've done the work take some photos. When things get cluttered up again, these pics can serve as your guidelines to set things right and your motivation. Those photos are also great for your Stockpile records.
Save It in Stockpile
If you haven't tried Stockpile simple home inventory solution yet, this is a great time to get started. One of the biggest dangers with purging, cleaning and reorganizing is not being able to find anything when you're done. If you add item records as you put things away you'll know exactly what you have and where you have it. Thanks to areas and locations you can be very specific about where items are kept. You can even include details such as warranty information and how to order spare parts. When you see how useful item records in Stockpile can be, you'll definitely be motivated to keep going and add every room in your home.
At Stockpile, our goal is to save people time and money. That's why we designed Stockpile to be easy to use and fully customizable. That's also why Stockpile is available for free. If you haven't tried Stockpile yet, what are you waiting for? Try Stockpile today!