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Sorting through your loved one's belongings.

 

This would have to be one of the hardest things to do.  To state the obvious, feelings of anger, love, frustration and overwhelming grief will rise to the top.

I've had it said to me that it's much easier to use an agency, like Time Made, to clear an estate property.  This is mainly because, although any agency should work within their client's emotional state and be totally empathetic to what they're experiencing, the reality is that an agency isn't emotionally attached to the "stuff".  This means a property can be cleared quickly and efficiently.

If you are going to work with someone to help you sort through an estate, it's a good idea to take the following things into consideration:

  • Firstly, make sure whoever is helping you knows that you have the final say on what is moved on, and what remains.
  • Ask to see references.  Does the agency/person come recommended?  Have they a recent criminal history check?  What experience or qualifications do they have?  These are all important questions to ask.
  • The older generation is extremely talented at squirrelling away and hiding valuables.  Make sure you check inside every wallet/purse/handbag before moving it on.  I've found valuables in estate properties:
    • behind picture frames,
    • inside curtain rods,
    • under beds,
    • inside tins in the garage.

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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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