DECLUTTERING, PURGING, DOWNSIZING…OH MY!
“What we do today, right now, will have an accumulated effect on all our tomorrows.” – Alexandra Stoddard.
This is so true, and something you should keep in mind if you’re starting to think about decluttering, organizing, purging and/or downsizing. It can be overwhelming to even think about where to begin! But start chipping away, and do a bit every day, and you will be amazed at how much you can accomplish.
You may have a house filled with things you’ve collected over your life. You may even have multiple homes. What I can tell you is that you can do it; you just have to start somewhere - and remember, there are professionals if you don’t think you can, or don’t want to go at it alone. Maybe you’ve heard about professional organizers but you’re not really sure what they do or why you would hire one. Professional organizers are detail-oriented professionals that will help you go room by room, drawer by drawer, book by book, and help you determine what you definitely want to keep and what you’re ready to part ways with.
Stay tuned for the next article which dive deeper into each of these steps and as always, happy organizing!
7 DECLUTTERING TIPS
#1. Determine your timeframe (the earlier you start, the better)
#2. Create your plan (will you do it yourself or do you need help?)
#3. Break the project down into pieces (either room, categories, etc.)
#4. Start out with manageable tasks and work up to bigger tasks
#5. Eliminate rooms you won't have in your new home
#6. Give yourself time to reflect and reminisce
#7. Use this process as an opportunity to bond with family and friends
WHEN TO HIRE A PROFESSIONAL
You are overwhelmed and don’t know where to start
You aren’t interested in doing it yourself
You don’t have the time
You need someone to hold you accountable
You need someone to give you permission to purge
You need a neutral third party to guide your decisions
Director of Finance | Capri Senior Communities
Owner + Organizer | The Brittish Way - Professional Organizing Services