As you begin your decluttering and downsizing journey, setting yourself up for success is very important. Positive thinking can help.
Downsizing can be a challenging process at times because there is a lot of mental and physical work. You’ll also deal with various emotions – yours and those of your family members. Focus on making the transition easier by using thoughts and language that encourage you to look forward to the process.
One idea is to envision yourself in your new home with less stuff. Instead of saying, “I don’t want this big messy house anymore,” say, “I want a smaller, clutter-free home.”
If you feel sad and frustrated because it is too much work to take care of your large home, reframe those thoughts. You could say, “I am really excited about having more free time to do what I enjoy instead of looking after a big house.”
Rather than dreading that climb up the staircase again, imagine yourself living on one level where you can move around easily.
Likewise, if you worry about scrambling to shove clutter into corners wherever friends visit, say to yourself, “I look forward to having unexpected guests because my house is always tidy.”
Another way to position yourself is to think about moving toward your goal, not away from your current state. Each time you find yourself saying or thinking, “I don’t like [the current state of something],” instead say, “I can’t wait until [the future is better].”
As a matter of fact, you can incorporate positive thinking into all aspects of your life.