Decluttering maven Marie Kondo has inspired us all to live, not only with less, but with only the things that spark joy. Her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing is full of inspiration and instructions about how to make your home the streamlined, joy machine it can be and, notably, warns against one specific thing (that we do all the time!). We wouldn't have thought of this one but it's so true.
The secret: DON'T show your family what you're getting rid of!
The idea here is simple: you've worked so hard to figure out which things are right for YOU to keep and what should be discarded. When your mom sees the huge bags of clothing and home goods you're ready to kick to the curb, she'll get nostalgic about certain pieces or worried that you won't have enough left so she'll try to convince you to hang on to more than you should.
So true! I know my own mom (hi Mom!) loves to make sure I'm really really ready to give anything away and can often make me second guess myself.
Remember, you're only getting rid of your own things here. Trying to toss a family member's stuff mean they definitely get to be involved!
Who else is decluttering? Have you found this to be true?
Re-edited from a post originally published 8.2.2015