Keeping a clutter-free home takes a change of habits, a lifestyle shift and anytime we make habit changes, it takes time to establish those changes. There are steps we can take to reinforce them and make them more concrete in our lives, and one of those reinforcement techniques is reward.
- Setting out a clean dish towel and cloth each night, (or investing in a high quality set from Norwex so you only need 3 towels & 3 dishcloths total for your kitchen). It’s so fulfilling to finish the dishes and have a pretty fresh towel hanging near the sink.
- Upgrading your pots and pans so they are a joy to use. This is not purchasing new ones and keeping the old ones “just in case”, this is replacing low quality with high quality equipment that functions better for you and is easier to clean.
- New bedding to replace past fads after decluttering the kids’ toys. Letting the kids pick out a new sheet set and bedspread can be a great incentive to getting rid of more things. In fact, many kids are up for an experiment of seriously limiting the toys, especially if there is a reward to look forward to. To avoid buying into fads that children will outgrow in a year, have them pick out their favorite color or give them a choice of a couple designs you know will last for the at least the next 5 years (generally, this means avoiding charactor sets).
- Big fluffy towels for the bathroom after you junk your medicine cabinet. How long has it been since you spoiled yourself with nice towels? If you’re like me, the towels that we got as a wedding gift 14 years ago, just aren’t that nice anymore and certainly didn’t match the decor. Getting a matching towel and shower curtain set made the bathroom so much more enjoyable to be in and maintain.
- Time to yourself. How often do you go, go, go! and not take time to sit and enjoy things without guilt? Giving yourself 5-10 minutes of downtime where you can do whatever you want without guilt. This might be enjoying a cup of coffee, glass of wine, or just letting yourself scroll through Facebook knowing that you earned a break.