Peter Walsh Helps Messy Teens Get Organized

Kids learn from what they see, not from what they hear, Walsh said. If clutter is a source of friction and fighting in your home, you should look at your surroundings and ask yourself what lessons you're teaching your children. Instead of fighting about their clutter or your clutter, sit down and talk about how clutter is getting in the way.

Focus on the Present, Not the Past or Future

Another excuse for holding on to clutter is "I might need it one day," Walsh said. But instead, he said, families should focus on what's happening now.

Holiday Advice: Don't Mistake Things for Experiences

People think it's really important to buy gifts, which teaches children to associate love with things. But Walsh said that giving experiences can be the things that we remember most. It's a good lesson to teach our kids.

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