• Heidi Davies

What We Can Learn From The London Marathon Runners

Updated: May 8, 2019

With the London Marathon coming up, it got me thinking about how decluttering is a lot like running a marathon.

It’s about the long game, and you must take it one step (or mile) at a time. Do not let yourself become overwhelmed with the distance ahead or with the pace of progress.

So, what’s the best to approach decluttering?

Firstly, it’s important to mention that we are all unique and that every decluttering journey is different. What may work for one person, will not work for the next. That said, the steps outlined below are easy to follow and can be applied to other areas of your life.

To achieve your aim to simplify or declutter all or part of your life, set yourself a powerful goal. Visualise the life you want to live, the house you want to be in, and the feeling of having achieved it.

Goal setting is powerful. It focuses our mind and allows us to hone in on the exact actions needed to achieve our desires.

By setting goals we focus on the long term and the more powerful our goals are, the more likely we will be able to obtain our goals.


The first part of goal setting is to reflect on your current situation and realise why you want to change it. To do this, I want you to write down at least 20 ‘PAINS’ in your life right now.

What I mean by this is to think about what you want to change, reflect on what is causing you pain and stress and write it down. However big or small these pains may be, write it all down.

Define your Dreams and Goals

What are your dreams? What is it that you desire the most? Have you ever taken time out to truly reflect and listen quietly to see what dreams live within you? We all have dreams, they are there, so take your time and let your dreams come out.

I want you to write down at least 20 ‘DREAMS’. Don’t feel foolish, you’re allowed dream, so let yourself.

Now, let’s think critically. Prioritise your dreams, work out what is the most important to you and put them in the order in which you will try to achieve them.

Now let’s take action!

S.M.A.R.T Goals

S.M.A.R.T mean Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-sensitive.


What exactly do you want to achieve? The more specific you can be, the better the chance you’ll achieve exactly that. Questions you may want to address are:

  • What exactly do I want to achieve?

  • Where?

  • How?

  • When?

  • What is going to get in my way?

  • Why exactly do I want to reach this goal?


Measurable goals mean that you identify exactly what it is you want to see and feel when you reach your goal. It means breaking your goal into measurable elements. For instance, clearing the clutter in your bedroom because you want to improve your sleep so need your bedroom to be a room for calm and relaxation as you go to sleep and wake up.


Is your goal attainable? Your goal should be realistic and achievable to be successful. In other words, it should stretch your abilities, but still remain possible. An attainable goal will usually answer the following questions:

  • How can I accomplish this goal?

  • How realistic is the goal, based on other constraints such as time and experience?

You may need to ask yourself how realistic a goal to decluttering your whole house or life is, when you have family and work commitments to consider. Make your goal attainable.


A goal must be something we can reasonable make ‘real’ or a ‘reality’ in our lives. You have to be able to say that even if it is a stretching goal, it is entirely realistic. That you can make it happen!


Every goal should have a timeframe attached. One of the most important aspects of a goal is that it ends. You may need to breakdown a goal into different parts and timeframes, which is sometimes key to accomplishing a larger goal.

A time-bound goal will usually answer the following questions:

  • When?

  • What can I do in six months?

  • What can I do in six weeks?

  • What can I do today?


An essential part of goal setting is to make yourself accountable. Sharing your goals with someone else, hopefully with similar goals to yourself will greatly increase your chance of success. You could arrange a weekly check in with a friend to keep you accountable.

You may also use the power of the internet to hold you accountable for your goals. If you use Instagram or Facebook, share your goal and then keep everyone updated with your progress. This is a great source of support and encouragement.

If you would like a helping hand to declutter, we are here to help. Contact us to have a chat, or to ask our advice.

Good luck today to everyone who is running the London Marathon today. It’s an inspiration to everyone who has a goal; with hard work and determination our goal and dreams are possible.

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