Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Tips to Get Your Family Onboard with Decluttering

Sentimental value, overwhelm, and lack of options are some of the major constraints that keep people from decluttering. To get your family onboard your decluttering plan, you need to help them navigate these challenges.

You need to make sure it’s all worth it in the end and everyone gets to appreciate the benefits of letting go.

Some tips can help make them come around your decluttering plans:

Take The Lead

The best way to prove to your loved ones that letting go can be a good thing is by living it yourself. Let them see you spending less time preparing for work every day because you can easily grab your stuff from your clutter-free drawers and wardrobe, while they always find themselves digging through a pile of stuff in search of their favourite accessories or door keys.

Help Them Decide What’s Important and What’s Not

Help them identify what they can dispose of without regrets – duplicate items, unused items, stuff they’ve outgrown, etc. Let them see how making more space for important things can bring more joy.

Tread Cautiously

But don’t just go ordering them around or giving your opinion when it’s really not needed. Respect their emotions and sentimental attachments. The aim should be to help them feel better in their space, not poison the air around the house.

If they’re taking up too much room in a limited shared space, you can designate space for them to keep anything they want.

Provide Decluttering Essentials

Now you’ve helped them decide on what to keep and what to let go, but don’t stop there. Try to make it easy for them to move items out. Help them decide exactly what they’ll do with the decluttered items.

Using a self-storage unit is a great way to have a decluttered home while having a place for items they wish to keep.

Take it Slow

To help them overcome the overwhelm, avoid going it all at once. Tackle one part of the house or room per time. You can start with their wardrobe, then target the drawers the following week. Focus first on broken, damaged, unused stuff, before gradually moving to stuff with more sentimental value than practical value.

And as they begin to come around the idea of decluttering, you’ll meet less resistance.

Make It Lively and Exciting

You can introduce incentives and games to keep everyone in high spirits throughout the process. Don’t buy them new things while they’re still swamped in clutter – reserve the gifts for the day they declutter.

Some great game ideas for the decluttering day include the Minimalists Mins game, where you take out an increasing number of items every day starting with one on day one and two on day two, etc. Also, consider the decluttering competition where the person who declutters the most wins the prize at the end of the week or month.

Declutter Regularly

Help them get into the habit of decluttering. You can make it a standing rule to declutter at certain times such as after a birthday party, or after Christmas. Or set aside a time of the week like weekends.