Recently I wrote about my discovery of the root cause of my clutter. My inability to Say No has caused great stress in mine and my family’s lives. I realized I had to stop this, but how? I am not an abrupt person and even my kids say that the phrase “We’ll see” is this mom’s way of saying “No”. So how do I address the situation? I am really hoping that I am not alone in this problem as I am sharing what has worked for me.
5 Gentle Ways to Say No:
- I don’t think it fits in my space.
- I don’t think it matches my decor.
- I would hate for my kids or myself to accidentally damage it.
- It’s not my style.
- No Thank you.
There is no reason for this to be an unkind experience at all. I have learned that most people will understand and respect you for setting limits. I think of it this way. I can say “No” to a material item I don’t need now, or I will have to say “No” later on to that person’s company because my house will be so full of stuff I don’t want or need that I will be spending time cleaning it and they won’t be comfortable in my space.