I recently spent a morning with a dear friend, decluttering and organizing her kitchen. This was such a treat for me since she has a gorgeous kitchen with oodles of storage space! In about 90 minutes, we decluttered, tidied and organized a bunch of cupboards.
Here’s how to help someone else declutter
Since this wasn’t my house, I stayed out of the decision-making process. Instead, my job was:
- to help categorize items
- to suggest different ways of organizing cabinets
- to ask questions (but not offer answers or judgement)
- to move donations and discards out of the way
- to help put things back in place
I feel very strongly about letting other people decide what sparks joy for them. If you don’t know about the whole joy-sparking business, you must check out the book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up! So I let my friend decide what she wanted to keep and what she didn’t need.
I asked questions like:
- Do you like the way this cabinet is organized?
- Do you use these things a lot? Are they in a good spot for you?
- Do you want to keep all of these [cups / water bottles / etc.] Are there some that you don’t want any more?
- Can you reach the things on the top shelf?
- Would this be something you can put away in the basement? (things that are used a few times a year)
- Would it be better if these glasses were easier to reach?
I also followed all of these decluttering rules.
Decluttering with a friend is lots of fun!
I also suggested she buy a a step stool so it’s easier to get at things on the higher shelves. She could use use a couple large bins to store the smaller food storage dishes. Measure to find a bin that just fits into the cupboard.
I wish I had better photos to share with you, but we were so busy chatting, I neglected to take very many. Oops!
As usually happens, after I left, my friend continued decluttering and tidying and found a bunch more things to get rid of. Once you get started, momentum kicks in and you’ll frequently keep going!