August 27, 2012, allaboutestates.ca. Many individuals regardless of age, have a hard time throwing things out. Imagine being in the same house for over 50 plus years and the collection of ‘stuff’ that accumulates. Nik naks, mementos, souvenirs, clothes that no longer fit, collections of whatever and just plain old junk. There are several companies that specialize in helping seniors to downsize. Red Coats Moving Solutions has provided some helpful tips to make the process easier.
Is the clutter overwhelming you?
Here’s how to start conquering it:
Tip 1. Expect the unexpected.
You never know what is around the corner and decluttering your home on a regular basis can make a huge difference to your state of mind, even if you aren’t thinking of moving.
Tip 2. Open a drawer once a week.
You’ll be surprised what you can accomplish if you make a date on your calendar once a week for 15 minutes. Clear out a junk drawer. Get rid of those socks that don’t match. Do a shelf in your linen closet. This is a good weekly habit that’s easy to do.
Tip 3. Books, books, books.
Sort through one shelf of books – only put back what you really, really want to keep and send the ones that are in good shape to your local library or place of worship. Consider buying an iPad or other tablet for all your future reading.
Tip 4. What’s in that closet?
You may be holding onto some clothes but haven’t worn them for a while – why not recycle some of your older things? Once you have made a decision, get them out of your home as quickly as possible, before you change your mind! Then you can treat yourself to something new.
Tip 5. Have you been in your basement lately?
Don’t be afraid. Go down those steps and pick a corner. Create three piles: things to keep; things for family and friends; and the third for removal.
One of my favorite tips is to pick a number and to stick with it- whether it is 5 purses or 15 purses- none can be added until one is removed.