Hey, wanna make a deal? If you do some cleaning in the family room this weekend, you can buy yourself a treat to spruce up the space.
Yay! I love treats. What exactly do I have to clean?
Oh, you know, just sort through that horrifying accumulation of flotsam and jetsam that has built up over the past few decades, including:
- A landslide of greeting cards, notes and letters
- Our sizable and well-loved but rarely-used collection of VHS and DVD movies
- Several generations of family photos, albums, and memorabilia
- Books, books, books, books, and books. And more books.
Ughhh.That sounds like a lot of work.What exactly can I buy as my treat?
Anything you want. As long as it's under forty bucks.
^ Three days later, after many scary hours of sorting and stacking, editing and eliminating, I was the proud owner of a (mostly) clutter-free family room and this new plant. Scoring the last perfectly-sized fiddle leaf fig at Home Depot for $13 and a stylish pre-owned basket at Value Village for a mere $5, my reward package came in at less than half of the total budget.
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This is how I motivate myself to stay on top of the never-ending clutter-cutting tasks that come with managing a busy home. I trick myself into doing these jobs through the promise of some tempting treats, and the results are always satisfyingly sweet.