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Episode 257 – Dealing with friends and family on your decluttering journey

There are a number of things that stand in our way of a successful decluttering journey and one of the biggest is people. As if the stuff wasn’t hard enough to deal with, we need to navigate the thoughts and emotions of other people too. In this podcast we delve into how to deal with friends and family when you’re embarking on a decluttering journey


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  1. I really felt this was a great topic! My dad has a lot of antiques and general stuff. All of his porches were covered. *We live in TN in the USA snd we have large porches snd multiple porches. He has 5 porches. He really wanted to clear them off which is something he has done and said many times. However, I decided, even knowing that the porches would not stay clear, that i wanted to help him clear all the porches off as his birthday gift. He didn’t need any physical gift. He loved that i came over and would tell him ‘let’s to this small pile and then if we want to do more we will if not we will stop for the day.’ We almost always ended up getting quite a lot done. He would tell me that just having that companionship there was the most helpful thing. And no matter how little we did i made sure to let him know how proud i was of him. How proud of all the work he did; i feel that was the best motivation.

  2. Ah, goodness, family sabotaging my efforts… I have never had a lucrative income, and had a childhood in which I was aware that my parents didn't have a high income, so I've always been very frugal in my habits. My father liked to give the best presents he could, but my mother, especially after Dad died, would only give good presents to my sisters (who were way more money-and goods-motivated than me). If Mum gave me anything, as often as not, it was stuff she no longer wanted for herself but couldn't be bothered figuring out how to get rid of. I really think she thought she was doing me a favour by 'recycling' stuff instead of tossing it, as she thought I would be pleased with her actions. Nope, it just made me feel like a personified rubbish bin.

    1. So sorry to read this Liz. It must have been so disappointing for you that your mum thought she was helping you or doing you a favour. I can imagine that is hard to come to terms with, especially since she did give good presents to your sisters. Thinking of you, since you are worth of the best!

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