Clutter Buddy: Pairing Up to Purge
Tackling a messy garage or taming piles of paperwork is generally the last thing you want to do when Friday finally rolls around. We get it. Hanging with friends or hitting the park with family is infinitely more appealing than decluttering and cleaning. So consider toughing through your chores with a buddy. Teaming up with a helpful ally keeps you honest, makes the work go faster and adds a little fun to the equation.
Why a Buddy?
Think of the buddy system as positive peer pressure. When you team up with a friend, spouse or other family members, you make your goals public and build-in accountability. Blowing off the project is a lot harder when you've asked a friend to arrive early on a Saturday to help pitch in. Also, a buddy can often view your items in an unbiased fashion, helping you decide if something is worth keeping or has to go.
Make it Fun
Get creative in working with a buddy. If paperwork is the problem, schedule a monthly wine and cheese session with two to three friends and deal with paperwork, filing and bill-paying while you catch-up. Even monotonous paperwork shredding will go faster when it's a group effort.
Got a messy garage? Partner with a group of neighbors to get it done. Blast some tunes, pitch in for a dumpster, schedule a joint charity pick-up of donation items and celebrate the newly cleaned garages with a neighborhood BBQ.
Make it Mutual
Make sure your buddy system is mutually advantageous by working on projects where everybody wins. If your friend is lending a critical eye as you weed clothing out of a messy closet, do the same for her. Then cap off your day with a joint-trip to the Container Store for baskets, bins and closet accessories. Ta da!: two closet makeovers are better than one!
If your clutter buddy doesn't have a project of their own, figure out an appropriate reward for their help. If you're enlisting a teen to help clean the garage, treat her to a movie night with friends. Is your spouse pitching in to help sort and organize your craft supplies? Offer to watch the kids while he takes a buddy to a baseball game.