You know that your kids have too much stuff when you throw out 3 garbage bags full and you feel that you didn’t make a dent in their clutter.
It’s a process that can be frustrating because we get emotional about the stuff that our kids have.
How do we get emotional about that stuff they don’t need anymore?
We think that the stuff they have is still good. We feel bad about disposing of still usable things that we don’t even use ourselves.
We have an emotional attachment about that stuff. Handling different objects make us revive where, why, when we bought them. It reminds us of a certain joy that make it hard to separate ourselves from the stuff.
How can we ease the decluttering process?
Let your kids tell you if they are using something or not.
I’m surprise at how fast they can decide. We can remove ourselves from the process. Often, we are more attached at something as they are.
Use the use it or lose it concept.
Even if something is still good, if you don’t use it, chuck it.
Don’t get caught in the organizing game.
If we want to make some space, the solution is not a better organizing system. The solution is discarding.
The things you own end up owning you. – Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club