How To Save Your Marriage From The Decluttering Fight

In this new episode of the Midway Decluttering Show, you’re going to listen to the decluttering secrets of the amazing couple behind Simple Life Together. Follow their tips to save your marriage from the fight about simplicity and decluttering.

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My special guests are Dan & Vanessa from SimpleLifeTogether.com, a great blog and podcast on iTunes. They are on a quest to live a simple life in this modern consumer-based world. On their blog and podcast, they share how they try to simplify day to day tasks, organize their lives, edit their possessions and evaluate their priorities.

Enjoy watching this new episode

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Here are some decluttering notes that I took:

  1. The transformation begins when you decide that you’re not going to be a slave to your possessions anymore.
  2. Simplicity is a great example to set for your kids.
  3. When you start decluttering, get rid of the easy stuff (low hanging fruit) first.
  4. Sometimes we waste our money on stuff that are supposed to make our life simple and they don’t. Be careful.
  5. The decluttering process will help you make better decisions on the next things you’re going to buy.
  6. It might be a smart decision to start decluttering the areas that are driving you crazy. Start there, but start small.
  7. Simplifying becomes a lot of fun if you can team up with an accountability buddy.
  8. Decluttering tip: Begin with the end in mind. Take some time to visualize how you want the place to look like when you finish the decluttering work.
  9. Start small and build up your energy as you go.
  10. Invest in an open minded conversation with your partner and try to find a common ground to operate from.
  11. To avoid conflict, each partner can have a designated area where he/she can do whatever they wish with.
  12. Leading by example and making small victories are great ways to deal with other people resistance to your simple lifestyle.
  13. Accept the fact that you’re not going to influence everyone.
  14. Good question to ask yourself: “What is my purpose for keeping this item?”
  15. The “Just In Case” scenarios usually never occur.
  16. Do I love it? Do I need it? Do I use it?
  17. Pause and wait for a week before you buy a new item.
  18. Never shop without a list.
  19. Set limited time blocks for decluttering.
  20. Create a “Recycle” spot in your home.
  21. If you’re not happy now with all the stuff that you have, would you be happy with twice as much stuff or three times as much stuff? Or may be you would be better of with half as much stuff!

How do you deal with your partner when he/she resists your decluttering efforts?

Please share your tips in the comments.

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5 Responses to How To Save Your Marriage From The Decluttering Fight

  1. Dan April 1, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    Tohami-

    We had a fantastic time talking simplicity with you on the show! We’ve enjoyed your work on simplicity from the start and sure enjoyed your questions and interacting with you.

    Just imagine how many people you’ve inspired with your blog, your book, and now your Midway Decluttering series…you’re really changing lives for the better!

    So, thanks for having us on and thank you for what you do. Next time we’re in Egypt we need to meet up for coffee!

    - Dan

    • Mohamed Tohami April 3, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

      Thanks a lot Dan for your kind words. You’re doing outstanding work at your blog and podcast as well. And we will definitely meet up in Egypt :)

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