I came across this quote about clearing clutter on – of all places – a medical website, and it struck me as the perfect way to look at the “too much stuff” conundrum I’m still struggling with.
Is it true that downsizing is a natural part of aging? If so, I’m in trouble.
My husband and I just moved into the house we designed, situated on five acres of rural property. It’s the largest space I’ve ever lived in. We chose to go bigger. I’ve felt quite fearless and completely terrified along the way.
We all know that money is that last taboo topic, causing more embarrassment, secrecy and shame than even conversations about sex.
So, if you’re making plans to live with a roommate, it’s a good idea to acknowledge that fact up front and make a commitment to tackle the subject openly.
The well-dressed home sells fast and for top dollar.
The emergence of staging and makeover services around the country is dictating a need that has been crying out to be met.
There’s only one good answer to the question of when to downsize – before you have to.
Who doesn’t remember the “bigger is better” philosophy of the 70s and 80s? These days it seems America’s gotten wise, or at least more conservative when it comes to financial and resource waste – hence our shrinking cars and soda pop cans.
As we age, we are often looking to downsize or eliminate clutter and excess. Many of us embrace the concept of living with fewer things to maintain and that tie us down. The reality is that actually releasing our things can be challenging.
It’s easy to concentrate on the upside when you make the big decision to share housing and start looking for a roommate. And it’s perhaps even easier to fantasize about all the benefits of living with a roommate and gloss over the possible pitfalls.
Clutter clearing is all about sorting through your belongings to decide what stays and what goes. In my Fast Track Clutter Clearing online course, I teach highly effective methods for doing this.
At the end of the process you are left with all the items you want to keep, and this is where the motto “A place for everything and everything in its place” comes in.
There appears to be no doubt about it. More and more of us are downsizing as we grow older. We don’t need or want the maintenance of a large home.
The prospect of downsizing means thinking about how many of our material things we really do use. What do we do with the things we do not want to take in a move to a smaller home? Think about recycling.