How do I find the motivation to completely declutter my entire apartment?

I've had my apartment now for 7 months, but it's always cluttered; making me feel kind of lazy and sloppy. It also drains all inspiration for other projects (miniature modeling/sculpting/painting) I'd like to turn my workspace into an office, but it's all crammed into my living room; so space is an important factor here. How and where do i start decluttering? I've still got boxes filled with stuff I don't regularly use and maybe don't even need. Should i start there and then move forward to turning my workspace into an office?

CrawdadMan8 years ago
Thats Happened to me before as well. What I do is get a big garbage bin and a big recycling bin and possibly even a thriftstore bin. Then just put on some tunes and rip everything open. dont try and keep it neat and tidy because that doesnt work. Empty some boxes onto the floor and just sort it all out. You'll be surprised at how refreshed your life will feel after an afternoon of getting rid of your stuff you thought you needed.
lemonie8 years ago
Invite someone round for dinner and to help you. Firstly, you'll be motivated to get rid of some of the clutter you don't want to be seen with. Secondly they'll encourage you to shift stuff (tell them that's what they're there for). If you make it someone like your mum you'll probably do better that someone who turns up with beers... L
I think CrawdadMan got it right. I'd just add, keep a digital camera and a scanner handy to make a record of stuff that has some sentimental or informational value that you're hesitating to get rid of. Have a "sell" bin for stuff you don't need, but is too valuable or specialized for a thrift store. Also consider Freecycle for stuff that thrifts may not appreciate, but may still be useful to someone. And consider if more storage would help. Like wire rack shelf unit and a bunch of those shoebox sized plastic tubs. That would get stuff off the floor and in a form where they're accessible and protected from dust. Tackle it a chunk at a time, because all-at-once could be overwhelming, especially if you have limited space to spread things out and organize. And allow yourself some reward for getting stuff done. With some of the stuff you've been keeping "just in case", ask yourself what it would cost to replace it if you needed it after all? If it's been there for months or years without being used, you probably won't need it in the future either. Good luck!