December 24, 2008

Are You Overloaded with Stuff?

As Seniors Move Organizers we work clients who have, well, let’s just say a bit too much stuff. And as we’re helping them move, we have to deal with all this stuff first. It doesn’t make sense to pack, move, and unpack unused excess stuff for two reasons:

  • You’re spending time and money to look after items you’re not using. The more stuff you have to move, the more it will cost to move.
  • Your new home may not have the same space as your existing home.

But a move may not be the tipping point for decluttering your space. Maybe you’ve forgotten the rug colour in the den because there are piles of books, blankets, and boxes everywhere. Or, you can no longer use the dining room because it’s also full of boxes.

If your stuff-meter is in the red and reading “overload”, here are some tips to get started.

  • Pick a place to start your declutter journey. Then for a few minutes everyday work through the room, determine if each item is to be kept or discarded, that is donated, given to someone, or recycled.
  • Touch each item only once; don’t put it back down until you’ve decided where it should go.
  • At the end of each week take the discard pile and disperse the items as you’ve already determined.

What if you can’t do this work, at any speed? Ask for help.

As Seniors Move Organizers we help work through your stuff. We can work with you, and provide advice on what should go where. Or we can work on our own, and make the keep, donate, or recycle decisions ourselves.

Don’t give in to your stuff. You’re in charge, and you can bring the stuff-meter reading back into the green.

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