Motivation Monday: What Motivates YOU?

What Are YOUR Motivators?




True confession: I have been living with a pool table for over 14 years. Well, the pool table belonged to my hubby, Dave, and he had it for over 23 years, since he first bought his house, before we ever met.


               Dave’s old pool table


After we met, and I moved in and eventually got married (11 years ago), that pool table never saw a game of pool. But it was convenient for me to work on projects and laying out quilts, especially.

Family members and friends who have been to our house know this represents the end of an era: no more pool table!!! Dave finally decided to let go of it and open up the space it had been occupying. We listed it in a Maine online yard sale group on Facebook – and had a buyer within a week or so!


       Empty space once occupied by the pool table


Now I can use my table that’s actually the right height and intended for such use (the white table with the extensions folded down, in the picture below, near the left center of the photo). Dave said he would make some kind of additional top for it when I’m working on large quilts.

The extra space gives me more room to exercise with my home gym equipment without bumping into anything.

It also allows me to begin the process of going through my multiple bins of fabric, craft supplies, and other stuff I’ve collected over the years. As my daughter Joy-Lynn suggested, after all that sorting, I can then do an online yard sale, since that’s how we sold the pool table.


   Rearranging and reorganizing the space


The current livingroom area is adjoined to this space. They used to be just the opposite locations, with the livingroom in the area in the above photo, and the pool table in what is now the livingroom.


   Current livingroom area

So what does any of this have to do with motivation?


Well, it’s funny, I already feel like the open space is liberating in an intellectual way, because I feel more motivated to work sitting in here. I also feel the creative juices flowing as I’ve rediscovered projects, books, and magazines I had forgotten about.


So I would say, one of my motivators seems to be acquiring extra space for thinking, moving, exercising, and “kreating” (like for my business, K-Lee’s Kreations). Instead of sitting in the den at the other end of the house, which is smaller and even more filled with stuff (it’s a small house, with small rooms – so yes, it becomes easily cluttered), and doesn’t see sunshine until mid to late  afternoon – I’m at this end of house that is now much more open concept, with more space. And this end of the house also sees early morning sunshine right through early afternoon, and then catches the later afternoon sun and sunsets through the picture window on the other side of the livingroom.


                       Cotton candy clouds!


So yes, finding extra space and beginning / continuing the process of decluttering (and sunlight) are apparently motivators for me!


So What About YOU?


Do you find you work better and think more clearly and creatively in an open, less cluttered space?


What are YOUR motivators?





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  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle - August 14, 2017 Reply

    I absolutely CANNOT get any work done in a cluttered environment. I just feel like I’m in that trash compacter scene in Star Wars.

  2. Ryan Biddulph - August 14, 2017 Reply

    Karen this is so timely. I vibe with your open space view deeply. Just 5 minutes ago I thought how working in a clear, clean, clutter free space allows the work to flow smoothly. Like my thoughts and proceedings proceed in a relaxed, clutter-free way as a mirror of my environment. Love it. Super message here.
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  3. Stephanie - August 14, 2017 Reply

    I have to have a clean, organized workspace. I can’t work in chaos at all. Everything has to have its place for me.

  4. marie - August 14, 2017 Reply

    I frequently procrastinate working because I need to clean my space. We are building a new house, and I can’t wait to work in a fresh place.

  5. Lauren - August 14, 2017 Reply

    This post inspires me to do some much needed cleaning. Sunlight is definitely a motivator omg

  6. Chery Schmidt - August 14, 2017 Reply

    Hey Karen!
    You honestly never played a game of pool on that table in all those years? I would love to have a pool table, but it would have to go int he garage LOL And that would be pretty cold come winter time..

    Great Share! Kind of makes me want to clean..
    Chery :))
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  7. Lauren - August 14, 2017 Reply

    I am motivated by beauty and freedom. Whenever I see anything beautiful I get so inspired for my passions. Also, whenever I feel confined or trapped, I start to feel glum. Beauty and freedom are definitely two biggies for me. 🙂
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  8. Gingermommy - August 14, 2017 Reply

    I am motivated by my family and friends! The biggest motivator in my life are people that display their strength and morals. Those are definitely the biggest ones for me.

  9. Joely Smith - August 14, 2017 Reply

    That makes sense to me! I also can see how having it was helpful at the time until you decided to get the right equipment for your needs. I am motivated by the urge to get things done. I get anxious if I know I have projects to do and I am being lazy.
    I am also motivated by my family and their needs.
    I agree though, having things organized helps TONS! I can’t work or think well if my house is a mess.
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  10. Candy Olivares - August 14, 2017 Reply

    It’s funny I have so many things to do, but not one thing gets done till my area has been organized. I even like a fan and morning light.

  11. Eloise - August 14, 2017 Reply

    it’s necessary to think/work/and BE in an uncluttered space, otherwise your eyes deter from your work and distraction takes place… and well, then your mind becomes cluttered and in the process you lose your dang mind as you are suffocating and overwhelmed with stuff!
    So, long story short ‘I can’t work or function in clutter’ ~wink~
    glad you have open space for yourself!
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  12. Dogvills - August 15, 2017 Reply

    I hate clutter and it’s easier to work in an open less cluttered space. Morning sunshine motivates me.

  13. ricci - August 15, 2017 Reply

    I can’t work in a cluttered space at all! I have to have my home neat and organized or else I have to go somewhere else to work…LOL!!

  14. Jillian Spellman - August 15, 2017 Reply

    I am glad you finally got your own space. I can’t wait to see the final picture of what you do with it all. I would have been playing pool a lot!
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  15. Tina Hesskew - August 15, 2017 Reply

    I always feel like decluttering my house declutters my mind; it uplifts me and is cleansing in a sense!

  16. Alicia Taylor - August 15, 2017 Reply

    I definitely work better in a more open space. I cannot focus when everything is cluttered. I have worked on a pool table before. I like it because the sides kept my pins from rolling away.
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  17. Chrystal | Nevermore Lane - August 15, 2017 Reply

    I definitely work better in an organized clutter free space. After leaving my ex and moving out, the space I am in now is not ideal for a creative person like myself. It’s a battle that is for sure.

  18. HilLesha - August 16, 2017 Reply

    Nothing makes me feel more unmotivated than clutter! That is why I’ve been decluttering lately. Another thing that motivates me is going for a walk or hiking on one of my favorite trails. This helps clear my mind while getting in touch with nature.

  19. Angela Bethea - August 16, 2017 Reply

    Wow good to hear that your hubby is okay on letting go of that pool table. That is a huge step on decluterring your home. Good job!

  20. Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly - August 16, 2017 Reply

    Does anyone want to come over to de-clutter my space? I will supply really good wine! 🙂
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  21. Carol Cassara - August 16, 2017 Reply

    The cleaner the space, the clearer my mind! I love that you finally freed that space and now you have a lot to work on. It’s definitely going to help you think more clearly.
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  22. Sonal Talwar - August 17, 2017 Reply

    Hi Karen

    I need a clean and an organized working space. I hate things lying here and there.

    Thanks for the wonderful post!
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  23. Lynndee - August 17, 2017 Reply

    Oh yes, I am more productive in an organized and clean space and that’s why I keep things around the house clean and organized all the time.

  24. Shannon Gurnee - August 17, 2017 Reply

    I bet that was a hard thing for him to let go of. But yay to having your own table where you can work on projects!

  25. Amber K - August 17, 2017 Reply

    Clutter is my Achilles heel. It keeps me from being productive and the only thing I can think about is where to put all the stuff!

  26. Edward Thorpe - August 17, 2017 Reply

    Pool tables and all, I’m with you on clutter. My Mama ironed organization and order into me early on. 😉
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  27. Lesly Federici - August 18, 2017 Reply

    Wonderful post … so much being shared here. Change, removing, sorting to make way for new transformations .. I’m excited for you and all that you’re experiencing now .. much love to you …

  28. Gabriel Bregg - August 18, 2017 Reply

    I guess I’ll leave my wife alone about her craft room – you have her beat for clutter!

  29. Kathryn Maclean - August 19, 2017 Reply

    Hi Karen,
    Out with the old and organize is my moto. I am always getting rid of things that do not serve me. Married 3 times, lol. Don’t know if I could have put up with a hubbies pool table that long. You are a saint. Seriously I do need to be clutter free or nothing works. Much love to you Karen. New job prospects yet?

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