Are you becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of support or contribution from your spouse, significant other, or children? Do you wish they would be more willing to purge the excess from their lives (and yours)? You are not alone! I have had countless people ask for advice on what to do when they are ready to declutter, but their families are not. I’m going to share a few key things that have discovered in hopes that it helps you as well.
1. Do not purge items that aren’t yours. Just don’t. You may try to rationalize that those items are not needed, aren’t being used, won’t be missed, etc…, but if it isn’t yours, it isn’t your decision to make. Period. This is the one single way to get pushback from your family members! It is far easier to see other people’s belongings as clutter over your own. I assure you, you have plenty of personal belongings to clear out, so focus on your own decluttering journey. Openly share why you are interested in minimalism and be patient. Your family may surprise you and decide that this lifestyle will also add value to their lives.
2. Discuss future goals and dreams. This will ensure that you are on the same page. All relationships come with compromise, and the topic of lifestyle choice is no exception. Reach a happy medium and move forward from there. Conversation and openness are keys to a harmonious home!
3. Make a list of benefits. Write down some benefits you have discovered in striving towards simplicity, then post them in a public place of the home. This may illicit change in your spouse, significant other, and/or children!
Well, there you have it. A few tips to dealing with family members who aren’t quite on board with the whole decluttering thing–yet!