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Tuesday Tidbit – 7 Reasons to Start Downsizing and Simplifying

7 Reasons to Start Downsizing and Simplifying

Life is constantly changing and our belongings change too.

We sometimes forget this and just keep it all, and then feel the weight of our stuff. We feel stuck.

Why Start Downsizing and Simplifying?

  1. You deserve to enjoy living in your home.
  2. You deserve to make your own decisions about your belongings.
  3. You are giving a gift to your family to do this now.
  4. You are responsible.
  5. Your health has changed.
  6. You’ve been thinking about this more often.
  7. You want to be prepared for your future whether you move or not.

Why Enlist My Support?

  1. You want to do this, but don’t know where or how to start.
  2. You don’t know where or how to donate, sell, dispose of everything.
  3. You are overwhelmed.
  4. You are embarrassed.
  5. You feel guilty about letting go of gifts.
  6. You must move and don’t want to.
  7. You don’t want to burden family or friends.
  8. You want a compassionate and knowledgeable non-family member to help you on this journey.

With compassion and the utmost respect for your family belongings, treasures and memories, I will work with you side-by- side on your downsizing and simplifying journey. Let’s simply start the conversation to find out if we should take this journey together.  Call or email me here.

Tuesday Tidbit – Tips for Downsizing Your Treasures

Whether you are downsizing to start a new chapter of your life in a smaller home or it is simply time to live with less, letting go of special treasures can be challenging. Here are a few tips to get you started on this path.

One way to handle pictures, photos, memorabilia, and collections

Tips for Downsizing Your Treasures

Pictures, photos, memorabilia, and collections take up lots of space! I’ve been in homes where the tables, top of the piano, window sills, counter tops, and many walls were full of precious photos and memories. Also, many are packed away and have not seen the light of day for decades.

In a smaller space there just won’t be room for everything. Consider having the photos digitized and photos taken of treasures to preserve in beautiful books. While not the same as keeping every item, it is a space-saving way to continue enjoying these treasures.

Other family members may want a copy of the books, too, so be sure to ask them – perhaps this solution will be of comfort to everyone.

It’s okay to break up a set!

There is a point when once-used china is tucked away for the last time. When you are downsizing or simplifying your life, keep in mind it is okay to break up a set. The chances of a well-loved set of china being 100% intact is slim so keeping a cup and saucer or a place-setting before you pass it on is perfectly fine. Really.

 If it’s meant to be a gift or legacy, consider giving
it now

You don’t need to wait for the next holiday, birthday, or other milestone to pass on a much-loved item. There are few reasons to wait to experience the joy of giving right now.

Working alone or helping a loved one sort through decades of possessions is a daunting task. I can help. Let’s simply start the conversation. Either call or email me to find out how, or if, we should take this journey together.

Tuesday Tidbit – Simplify Your Life Week

Simplify Your LIfe Week outtaspaceorganizing.comSimplify Your Life Week is the first week of August, and it’s a great time to pause in your fast-paced world and rediscover time for you!

Think about everything you say “YES” to:

  • Community involvement and volunteering,
  • Social engagements you just don’t have your heart in but still say yes to (maybe you don’t even like them that much?),
  • “Covering time” for a co-worker you don’t really want to, or
  • Hours on social media,

…to name just a few.

Think about how saying yes benefits you, your family, your business, your health, and your mind. If it does not bring good into your life, and does not bring you joy, learn to say “NO!”

Tuesday Tidbit – Surprising Myths About Clutter (Part 2)

Surprising Myths About Clutter (Part 2) outtaspaceorganizing.comLast week we looked at myths one and two that keep you stuck with too much stuff.  This week, we finish up with myths three, four and five.

Myth #3 – Giving to a Specific Person is the Best Way to Let Go

I agree in principle. However, having a pile/bag for Aunt Carol, one for your former neighbor who moved across town, one for the doctor’s office (think magazines), one for your sister, and one for a local charity can sabotage your intentions.

If you are not committed to a specific timeline (and make it short) to actually pass these items on, all you’ve done is create more piles in your home. Move them along; two weeks should be enough time. If they are still there after two weeks, take them all to your local charity and assume someone will be looking for these exact items and will be thrilled with your generosity.

See? You did share it with the right person!

Myth #4 – Keep Your Skinny Clothes for When You Slim Down

Let’s face it, when you lose a bunch of weight you’re going to want new clothes, not the ones from years ago. Let them go now to someone who can use them and look forward to replacing them when the time comes.

Myth #5 – Hold On to that Thing-a-Ma-Jig; You Just Need to Fix It

With the best of intentions we aimlessly store items that are not working to fix… someday. We’ll get it done when we remember to buy/order a part (um…first you need to find the manual) or decide who can fix it. If it’s been hanging around for six months, let it go.

Summer is an ideal time to learn more and seek out additional support. Simply set up a complimentary Cut Out Clutter strategy call with me here and we’ll chat about what is on your mind.

Tuesday Tidbit – Surprising Myths About Clutter (Part 1)

Surprising Myths About Clutter (Part 1) outtaspaceorganizing.comThis week and next week we’ll be looking at my top five surprising myths about clutter. These myths keep you stuck with too much stuff. Read on for the first two.

Myth # 1 – You FIRST Need to Be Organized

Nope! First you need to let go of stuff that you no longer love, need or use. If you don’t keep it, you don’t need to organize it. It IS that easy.

Myth # 2 – Cute Containers Are the Answer

Nope again! There are a few stores that I just LOVE to browse in and it’s the containers, bins and baskets with their storage possibilities that are so much fun. But even I don’t randomly buy them.

First you need to know what you need. If you buy for what you have right now before you practice the advice in Myth #1, you may end up with more or less than you need, which is just plain frustrating.

And let’s face it, a bin or box can be a crutch to keep items instead of letting them go. How much unknown stuff is already packed away in boxes that will never see the light of day? Enough said.

Summer is an ideal time to learn more and seek out additional support. Simply set up a complimentary Cut Out Clutter strategy call with me here and we’ll chat about what is on your mind.