Since you are reading this, you are probably to the point where you are ready for change. But, understand that not everyone gets to the same point at the same times.
Ask them to list reasons why they wouldn’t want to live minimally. Discuss their concerns and fears.
Keep in mind that it can be very overwhelming to think of getting rid of things.
If you are religious, it may help to discuss how minimalism flows with your family’s faith. You may want to read my take on Christian Faith and Minimalism with your family.
If you have younger children, it’s okay to set a limit on possessions, as parents it’s our job to guide them in healthy living, the younger we start, the easier it is.
If you have older children, be gracious with this change and allow them to come to a lifestyle commitment on their own. If they are very resistant, make sure they have their own space, left untouched, while the rest of the house is clearing out. The mood will change and most of the time, they will decide to join in.
In the end, if no one in your family wants to join you in a minimalist quest, well, that’s okay. You can still sort through your own items and the things you use in your home. Be respectful of others, no matter how frustrating it may be. Keep in mind that if something bothers you, than you are the one to do something about it. If there is a pile of papers to be filed and no one else seems bothered, take a deep breath, let it go and go file the papers! Don’t hold it against others in your home.
Once you get past the decluttering part, there are many ways that minimalism will help a family stay organized and without refilling the house. But, that’s a whole other post!