I have an experiment for you readers: Tell someone that you would like to help them "declutter" or "downsize" their belongings. The responses will range from outright refusal to a wonderful look of gratitude. After five years of work with a senior move management company, here are some of the most common responses that encountered:
- A flat out response of "no".
- A befuddled look, followed by "what, exactly, will you be doing?"
- My personal favorite, "I think I've already done a pretty good job of it."
- If you are lucky: "I have been wanting to do this for a long time, but didn't know where to begin."
For some people, the thought of going through years of accumulation is enough to make them freeze with fear. As senior move managers our goal is to have people resist viewing the process as a four letter word, and start embracing this as a necessary transitional process. As a matter of fact, here are some four letter words that are actually acceptable when it comes to downsizing your home!
Done properly, downsizing and decluttering can lead to a wonderful sense of calm upon completion of the project. Our brains are wired to work in an uncluttered environment! Why fight Mother Nature?
The "minimalist movement" is alive and well! Jump on board and be the first to show your friends and neighbors how hip you are. Haha!
Everyone likes to achieve the goals that they have set out for themselves. This includes allowing yourself to let go of some things, allowing yourself to pass them along to family, donations, or even the trash.
Keep yourself safe by minimizing the number of potential hazards. These hazards include: papers scattered on the floor, too much furniture, books, and piles of clothing. Take a close look at your home, with the focuse of reducing the number of tripping hazards.
This is where you will identify -- save money by not paying to transport items that you don't use.
Consider donating the items that you have not chosen to move with you. Some charities have trucks to pick up your donations, and you will also receive a tax deduction for them!
Hopefully at this point I at least have you interested in beginning the decluttering. If you are looking for more inspiration, click on the button below for your guide to getting started.