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Decluttering 101: Tips for 2019

 

Happy New Year to you all and welcome to 2019!

Many people I know are talking about getting organised and clearing themselves of clutter in 2019.  I'm a great supporter of being organised because it makes my life so much easier and saves me heaps of valuable time.

There are many organising methodologies available, ranging from the incredibly strict to the more relaxed.  We all work differently, so how you go about getting organised depends on your individual preferences and personality type.  Are you a visual person, or do you prefer a minimalistic look?  Are you tactile, or do clear surfaces make you smile on the inside?  No matter what your preferences, there are a few things I think you should take into consideration:

  1. Zoning:  It comes back to what grandma used to say.  "Keep like with like and everything has a home."  Basically it's saying it makes sense to have all your office equipment in the office, not spread all over the house.  Same goes for linen, saucepans, crockery etc.......you get the idea.

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My favourite organising quotes.

 

Are you looking for motivation to get organised?  Here are some of my favourite organising quotes:

  • “Owning less is better than organising more” Joshua Becker, Becoming Minimalist
  • “The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don't.”  Joshua Becker, Becoming Minimalist
  • “Things don't put themselves away, and your kids won't learn organisation automatically, especially if you're not modelling the behaviour you want." Peter Walsh, Professional Organiser

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When downsizing becomes a necessity.

Over the years I’ve worked with many people who have had to downsize, for a variety of reasons. 

Ideally, my clients would make a considered and measured decision to downsize.  In reality this scenario looks much different.  I’m usually contacted after there has been a life event, an illness or an emergency, meaning that my soon to be clients can’t return to their homes.  This call comes from a variety of people, including discharge planners in hospitals, health attorneys, guardians, social workers or distraught family members whose loved ones need support.  Now.  Or even better, yesterday.

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Downsizing with less angst.

Downsizing with less angst.

 

Downsizing can be a daunting task for anyone.  Multiply this six-fold when you’re not well, are used to being totally independent and yet you find yourself overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done.  Worse still despite knowing you need to move to where you can get the support you need, you really don’t want to go.

This is the dire situation many of my elderly clients find themselves in.  Many don’t have family or friends around to assist with their move.  Sometimes I think it’s probably easier for a third party to have the difficult conversations with people about what should and shouldn’t be moved, but if you’re working through this process with family members, here are the steps I follow:

Empathy.  Acknowledge this is a difficult time of life and that so many years of memories are intrinsically tied up in the family home of 40 years or more.  Assure mum and/or dad they have ultimate control over what goes with them, what is donated and what is disposed of.  This is the most important step, as you need to have your parents on board with the changes that will be happening.

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