Summer Cleaning. How to Declutter with Kids in the House. Plus FREE Declutterl Checklist.
Dog Days Of Summer Are Here. Getter Done and Declutter.
Tidying your home helps organize your mind and get you feeling relaxed — the way you should in summer.
But… Have you ever tried to declutter your home with your family helping you? You know how it goes:
Your spouse wants to keep everything you want to throw away and vice versa. Your kids try hard (bless them) but it’s tempting to add them to the donate pile before you’re done. And the teens… what teens? They’ve disappeared, leaving a whirlwind behind them like cartoon characters.
- Set reasonable expectations. Then forgive yourself (and your kids) for not meeting them. Be reasonable about how long you can declutter, what you can get done, and how long you can keep it fun.
- Make it fun to tidy up. Yes, organizing can be fun. Put on music, play a game (like beat the clock), or offer rewards. Bribery often motivates teens to pitch in, and whatever works… use it.
- Respect your kids’ opinions. When it comes to deciding what to discard, your kids might think differently from you. You don’t want to toss out something they still value. And you might be surprised what they would be glad to get rid of.
Just do it. Aim for two minutes of decluttering before you stop.
Have a mission. Decluttering is a commitment, not a whim.
Donate, donate, donate. It makes letting go a little easier.
ICYMI- A Brief Note about a Fast Year
We have a strict service standard. It’s a core principle… treat each job as if it’s our only job. Every time. This was pretty easy in the early days because… well… we didn’t have that many jobs.
We are firmly in the dog days of summer. And so, we have some unexpected availability in our schedule this week and next. We’d love to keep both trucks rolling and so we’re running a FLASH sale.