Archive for August 2017

Tuesday Tidbit – Quotes and Quips About Clutter

Quotes and Quips About Clutter outtaspaceorganizing.comThis week I’m sharing some of my favorite quotes about clutter, organizing and simplifying. Pause to let the message or messages sink into your heart.

“Clutter is not just the stuff on the floor; it’s anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living.”  Peter Walsh

“Don’t agonize, organize.”  Florynce Kennedy

“If a gift has come to you wrapped in obligations and tied tightly with a ribbon of guilt, then it’s not really a gift at all. It’s a manipulation. A gift should be something freely given that enhances your life and reminds you lovingly of the giver. If it’s not, you simply should not give it a place in your home.” Peter Walsh

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”  Helen Keller

“Decisiveness is a characteristic of high-performing men and women. Almost any decision is better than no decision at all.” Brian Tracy, Author and Speaker

 “Out of clutter, find simplicity.” Albert Einstein

Tuesday Tidbit – Clients Offer 13 “Whys”

Clients Offer 13 "Whys" outtaspaceorganizing.comWhen we know why we are doing or not doing something, it truly helps us on the journey.  If you are downsizing and simplifying to reach a goal or goals, the results are longer lasting. Also, when you start to let the piles accumulate again, your why is motivation to get back on track.

Do you know your why? What is the end goal in decluttering your home? Here are a few ideas from my clients. See what resonates with you.

  • Less time cleaning
  • More time for fun
  • More time for hobbies
  • More time to travel
  • Potentially quicker and easier home sale
  • Reduce stress
  • Get along better with family member(s)
  • Reduce expenses (if you know you have it and where it is you don’t need to replace it)
  • Make room for your vehicle or toys
  • More pleasant environment to enjoy
  • Opening the door when friends drop in instead of pretending you are not home
  • Not being embarrassed when the kids bring home friends
  • Make room for a family member

The whys are endless and if you’d like my help to meet your organizing and simplifying goals, let’s start the conversation. Call or email me to learn if we are meant to take the journey together.

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!”