Sometimes it can be difficult to motivate others to get and stay organized, especially a loved one.
Perhaps you are working to get organized but you feel that the people you live with are undermining your progress by not helping out.
There are some questions that you can pose to that person to help make decisions about what to keep and what to toss - without starting arguments or passing judgment. Getting organized can sometimes be a sensative subject if it is not approached in a positive way. Remember, the goal is to reframe the discussion away from the item or items themselves, but rather towards its significance in your lives.
Here are some examples of how to refrase the question:
1. Instead of "Why don't you put your tools away?", ask "What is it that you want from this space?"
2. Instead of "Why do we have to keep your grandmother's sewing kit?", ask "Why is it important to you? Does this particular item have meaning?"
3. Instead of "There's no room for all of your stuff in there", say "Let's see how we can share this space so that it works for all of us".
4. Instead of "Why do you have to hold onto these ugly sweaters your dad gave you?", ask "What do these sweaters make you think of or remind you of?"
5. Insteady of saying "I don't understand how you can live with all this junk", ask "How do you feel when you have to spend time in this room?"
Hopefully these suggestions will help you better communicate your message to someone who you live with who has clutter issues.
Let me know how you make out and if you need any assistance, I am here to help.
Have a great holiday weekend!