I had a Clutter Avoidance conversation! My sister hosted a swimming party at her house and asked us all (I have 6 sisters, plus we have kids) to wear tutus! Yes, it was just as much fun as it sounds. I made mine from my scrap material bin, and each of my 4 daughters already had one. I don’t have to feel guilty about throwing mine away, because it was made from scraps! At the end of the pool party, my sister who hosted the day took her tutu off and handed it to me. Everyone else tutu’s were made from tulle, and she told me she wanted me to have a tutu as well. “I have a tutu!” I told her, but thank you!
She persisted, so I changed tactics. I have been posting how many things I’m getting rid of on our family group page. I’ve been very vocal about my decluttering, so I said, in a playful tone, “You know how hard I’m working on getting things OUT of my house, right?!” Then 2 of my other sisters backed me up in a playful way. I complimented the tutu one last time, and told her I just didn’t need it, but thank you.
I don’t think I could have done this in the past! I would have just taken it, with plans of donating it later, then one of my kids would start playing with it… Thanks to your videos I was ready!
She wasn’t letting me off easily either, “You could play dress up with your girls! this one is big and fluffy!” It was tough!
I am going to call her and make sure she wasn’t offended. She probably wasn’t. This is just the guilt, right? I’m not the only one who feels this way when they say ‘no’ to clutter. She has a very tidy house, and is also not a fan of keeping everything. That’s why she was giving me the tutu.
A Girl with One Less Tutu
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