We’re living in a time where decluttering is considered “an act of moral courage.” But tidying is a far more complicated issue, particularly depending on your personal history and family personalities. In reaction to a New York Times piece on the (seemingly simple!) question of whether we should force kids to be tidy, in Episode 46 Christine and Asha discuss the current decluttering culture, upbringing issues, the downside of decluttering, and how to take different family personalities into account.
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Resources mentioned in this episode
- Should I Make My Daughter Clean Her Room? (NYT opinion piece that inspired this podcast)
- White Walls: A Memoir about Motherhood, Daughterhood, and the Mess In Between (Judy Batalion’s memoir)
- Edit Your Life Episode 22: Questioning the Konmari Decluttering Method
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
- Spark Joy by Marie Kondo
- Edit Your Life Episode 26: How To Get Kids To Do Chores
- Edit Your Life Episode 28: How to Compromise Well
- Minimalist Parenting
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