Define clear, SMART goals


You may be keen to get into action, or maybe not, either way, let’s just pause for a minute.

This first step is a gentle one, but it is also vital so don’t skip it.

The thing you need to do now, before you do anything else, is get super clear about your goals.

Why setting clear goals/intentions matters:

  • Like going on a trip without a destination or map
  • As the song goes “If you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?”
  • Having a clear picture of what you will achieve will motivate you to get started, and to keep going when you have doubts, get tired or fed up.


Firstly,  you are going to do an exercise to get clear about your overall goals. This is focused on:

  • what you want to happen
  • the changes to you home
  • and how you want to feel afterwards.

Enjoy this and really engage your imagination. The more inspiring it is and the more you can picture the result the better.

You are going to come back to this and remind yourself of why you are doing this, before each declutter session.

Secondly, you will set a specific goal for your first declutter session.

It needs to be SMART (I explain later, in more detail, what this means)

In summary:

  • Be really clear on what you are going to do
  • Make sure it is realistic – do not set your sights too high or you will get discouraged.

Use Everest metaphor. You may have a mountain to climb, but focus on the next stage of the journey.

I strongly suggest you set specific goals before every declutter session.