I had too much fun doing sample Clutter Guilt Conversations a few weeks ago. Really, too much.
(Waaaayyyy too much.)
As the Holiday Season starts here in the U.S. next week with Thanksgiving, I thought it appropriate to share some approaches for avoiding clutter that well-meaning friends and family try to give you at family gatherings.
I’m calling today’s approach the “Sure! I’ll See What I Can Use.” Approach
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Me: (coming in the door) It’s so good to see you!!
Them: Welcome, welcome!! I’m so glad you’re here! Hey, now before I forget, remind me to give you a big ol’ box of stuff before you leave tonight, okay sweetie??
Me: Oh. I guess I can see if there’s anything in it I could use.
Them: (slightly confused) Huh.
Later, at dinner
Them: You sure do like green bean casserole don’t ya, sweetie?
Me: I do! It’s one of those things I only eat once a year!
Them: Well that’s just great because at least five or six of those casserole dishes in that box of stuff I’m sending home with you are just the perfect size for green bean casserole!
Me: Oh, I’ve already got a dish that I use, but I can see if there’s anything else in there that I need.
Them: I was planning for you to take the whole box. I spent an hour last week going through my cabinets.
Me: That’s great! I bet you love having more space! I know I’m working on that, too! That’s why I really can’t take anything I don’t need. Don’t worry about me! Just go ahead and donate the stuff.
Them: Well, I was hoping you’d take the box out of here for me.
Me: Oh, sure.
Them: (Relieved and satisfied)
Me: We’ll just drop it off at the thrift store on our way home. Y’know, but not til after I claim the things out of it that I need!!
Them: (Confused, but hopefully speechless)
Are you gearing up to avoid bringing clutter home with you from holiday gatherings?
See my other Clutter Avoidance videos!!