One of the most important things we do is create our homes; our haven where everything has its place. Moving can present the perfect opportunity for organizing and downsizing for a rewarding new beginning in a new home.
The proven step-by-step process starts by having a purpose in mind that fits your needs for each room in your new home. This should help you decide what you truly don't need and what to bring forward. Take measurements or have the square footage of each room to create floor plans and furniture arrangements. Carry a copy for handy reference, if you're out shopping, especially when selecting larger pieces.
Start sorting and downsizing today. Begin by going through each room one at a time, one item at a time. Create and categorize sorting bins and label as Keep, Donate, Sell, Recycle or Garbage. Ask yourself, "Do I love it, use it or need it?" Qualified items to keep are either practical, beautiful or inspirational. Stop saving the good stuff for special occasions. Treat yourself to the best every day. Items with sentimental attachment worth creating a space for are worth saving.
You may have twice as many duplicate items as you need. Release and pass them on to someone who does. An outlet that accepts donations or a consignment store are two options. Consider replacement versus repair costs of broken items you haven't used in over six months. Purge what doesn't belong in your vision, and value what's left. Remind yourself they're just objects. In the end, you won't miss them.
When sorting clothes, let go of anything that doesn't fit or that you haven't worn in the past two years that may not best complement you. Chances are they probably never will.
Paper is the number one source of clutter. Gather up all your documents, files and bills and sort into six piles, subsequently creating folders for each. Bills, bank statements, pay stubs / investments / tax returns & supporting docs / insurance policies, home & car ownerships / warranties, user manuals / will, birth & marriage certificates. Store folders in an easily accessible, portable, waterproof folder box. Shred anything that's trash.
Simplifying our lives gives us time and energy to do the things that really matter to us.
If you feel overwhelmed or don't have the time to declutter on your own, request help. Get the family involved or hire a professional organizer.
Whether your move is imminent or in the future, it’s never too early to get organized. With less clutter in your home – and your life – you’ll feel lighter, freer and better equipped to begin new adventures.
Barb Gustafson is a Professional Organizer and Interior Decorator based in Victoria, BC extending to the Okanagan Valley.
august 2016 INSPIRED senior living magazine
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