Do you organize it all because you can’t get your family on board to help?
Minimalism and simplicity coach Rose Lounsbury is back to chat love and organizing in honor of Valentine’s Day. This week, Rose and I will discuss how to introduce the idea of decluttering to your family and why it’s important to teach your family organizing and decluttering skills. This episode partners perfectly with last week’s chat where we discussed how to introduce organizing systems when you and your loved ones don’t see eye to eye on decluttering strategies. You can listen to that episode HERE.
Rose Lounsbury is a minimalism and simplicity coach who wants you to spend time living your dreams instead of organizing your things. She wants to give you freedom from the stuff that constantly absorbs your time and attention and help you find peace of mind in your home, head and heart. Rose has a super popular TedTalk called “How Many Towels Do You Need?” and you can watch that below.
TIPS TO GET YOUR FAMILY TO HELP YOU ORGANIZE
If you want to start involving your kids, don’t focus on the outcome of the organizing, start by experimenting with “what if” observe what happens IF you try to declutter and organize with your kids. Support their decisions without pushing your opinions on them. They need to learn their decisions are valid. If there is something that you want to keep that they are willing to part with, keep it for yourself. I can”t stress enough the importance of validating your kid’s opinion on what is important to them when establishing a foundation of decluttering and organizing.
Rose suggests dividing kids into 2 age groups when it comes to developing organizing skills: those under 5 are focusing on learning the routine of putting things away and starting to develop categorization skills. For those over 5, you can build on the routine and categories you’ve started and add in the idea of helping others with the items you no longer need and love.
Also, when thinking of keeping a balance of things in your home like the one in one out rule, it doesn’t have to be apples to apples. It’s more about the habit of when something new comes in, we need to evaluate the space and determine what we can let go of in order to keep the space clutter-free.
My favorite takeaway from this episode was Rose’s response to “it’s just easier if I do everything myself”…declutter for your family, you’ll simplify for a day. Declutter with your family, you’ll simplify for a lifetime.” Trust us organizing professionals, it will be so worth teaching those skills when you are able to buy back hours of time and teach your kids to value what’s truly important when it comes to their stuff and activities.
RED WINE MILKSHAKES
Courtesy of Delish.com
- 1.5 quart Vanilla Ice Cream
- 1 C. red wine
- 4 oz. vodka
- Whipped cream, for serving
- Maraschino cherries, for serving
In a blender, blend ice cream, red wine, and vodka until smooth. Divide between glasses and garnish with whipped cream and cherries.
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