I noticed a very messy top night stand drawer the other day. It was my husband's night stand. I didn't take a before picture unfortunately. However, I can show you what was in there.
|Lots of military related items|
|Three watches and three rosary beads!|
|Patches, keys and more|
Once my husband was back home, I let him know I pulled everything out of the drawer and put it on the bed, so he wouldn't be too surprised. He want off to the bedroom. The next thing I hear is 'what do you want me to do with this stuff?' I went in the bedroom and asked how many watches did he need? Are the keys needed? Once he answered those two questions he was able to get I just wanted to know if there was anything he no longer needed. And yes, he did still need quite a few of those things, but less went back in!
|The drawer after the clean out,but before the return of the stuff to keep|
|The chosen items to let go of...not a lot but better than nothing.|
That picture above is how he put it all back in! I had nothing to do with it honestly. :)
Now I will say this method could back fire depending on the person. Some people just can't face a little decluttering after a long day at work. I completely understand. If my husband had come home and seemed annoyed when I announced his stuff was all over the bed, I would have just scooped it back up into the drawer and waited for another time. No big deal. This clutter is in a drawer and not usually seen. It's low on any priority list.
I currently don't use this tactic with my girls. At least not things they keep in their rooms. With teens it is just not a battle I choose to fight in that way. I will offer to help support them while cleaning out their rooms. My older daughter is much better about doing this on her own now. The younger daughter is going to have some work to do before our move!
Do you have to help other family members with their decluttering? Is one of them your spouse? Anyone have teens they help or not help?!