June 3, 2009

Are You a Pack Rat?

I never thought of myself as a pack rat. I just kept things in case I needed them again. You never know when you will have a need for that button that comes in the little plastic bag attached to your sweater along with the single strand of thread … until I looked in my button box to realize it was full of little baggies and I no longer owned the sweaters!

Look at the amount of space taken up in your kitchen by twist ties, plastic bread closures, plastic bags and margarine containers. Twist ties need to be banned – you get one for each bag you buy and everyone I know ties them up in a knot by hand!

I didn’t expect that my job helping seniors move from their home of many years would propel me to get my own life in order. EACH of us at Trusted Transitions has gone through a major de-cluttering of our OWN homes. It is contagious. The decluttering bug recently hit my 88 year old Dad. . He has tackled his precious garage and tools and decided to do his “Givin’ while he is Livin’ ” by passing them on to his grandson who has a farm.

At Trusted Transitions we’ve created a Decluttering Checklist of items we think are perfectly OK to get rid of without causing any harm or distress to any one. We’ll keep adding to the list until we cannot come up with any more.

Decluttering is not just for moving! When you get into the swing of it, it is quite a liberating experience. You will feel more alive, unburdened and refreshed.

And remember – Trusted Transitions not only help Seniors move, we are always available to help you REDUCE – REUSE – REPURPOSE – RECYCLE!
Happy decluttering!

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