How do you convince unwilling kids or pack rat spouses to reduce the clutter?
Not sure if you’e a living with a pack rat? Here’s a great article with 7 Signs You’re a Pack Rat, but basically calling someone a pack rat means they tend to accumulate a lot of things and get rid of very little.
Spouses who are pack rats can be a challenge. However, most of the time (especially in instances of lots of clutter and less livable space) the spouse is impressed with the progress and quickly understands the value of letting go of some stuff. Spouses see the happiness a less cluttered home offers, and feel an unexpected amount of relief as space opens up and things take on a less stressful appearance. Getting rid of clutter is freeing. Clutter makes you crazy and adds stress to your life.
Kids will usually follow the example being set. It’s important for them to see parents parting with clutter. On the other hand, it’s hard to tell a child she can’t keep 20 Barbies when mom’s collection of magazines is overtaking the dining room table and dad’s countless running shoes litter the front hall. If mom has tried and exhausted all efforts to help kids reduce toys and clutter, it’s time to let a professional come in and work with the child. Mom likely needs a break, and kids can usually understand that unused toys and books can go to other kids who could use them.
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