Is retirement on the horizon? Good for you! It’s a time to slow down and enjoy life, without the hassles and headaches that life brings. It’s also time to experience what it means to reduce clutter and embrace what “less is more” truly means.
Let’s get you ready…
Here’s a toast to this new season of your life!
Now is the time to consider reducing the size of things. Do you need a 12 person table with 6 leaves or all the bulk cereal containers? Think about smaller sizes, and less of things. When you move you probably don’t need all the sizeable pile of blankets and sets of sheets that are stacked in your closet that you once did when you had multiple extra bedrooms. Most people have way more than they need, often because they are stretched for time and multiples make it easier to get through until you have time to wash clothes and dishes. That won’t be the case once you have more time, and you’ll appreciate the extra space you’ll have.
If you’re moving where lawn and home maintenance is part of your association, why keep extra shovels and hedge clippers. Yes, you spent a small fortune on your push mower, but if you’re honest and practical, then you know it’s likely going to just sit. Why move and stress over such items? Sell them or bless a family member who could really put things to use.
As you declutter your home to downsize, make sure you plan to take only what you need. Have you heard the quote, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful” by William Morris? When going through more sentimental items, consider this. If it is really important to you that your kids have a particular item, you need to make sure it’s communicated. Share the story behind the item, its history, and why you want your kids or grandkids to have it. AND, do that now. Don’t wait.
Now is the time for those conversations, before you move and save items. If you are not currently using something, but only storing it, give it to them now. Why not let them use or enjoy it now, while you can witness the keepsake continuing its story with your family. Chances are if you don’t do this, it will be boxed up and donated or thrown without your intentions known.
Ready to start going through things, but not sure where to start? Contact us and we’ll help!