Home sorting, downsizing and decluttering specialists for senior adults in their third age (and their families, loved ones and representatives).
Understanding the “why” helps – try to identify why the clutter has happened …
Demanding lifestyle or job?
Have you been ill?
Can you no longer manage your home – is it too large?
Many people are cluttered because they have poor storage options or just have their items in the wrong place. So ensure you’re using your storage options effectively … are your cupboards & drawers full of items you no longer use?
Understand that the more “stuff” you have, the harder it is to organise and the harder it may be to find what you want
Look at how you live, what you use everyday – organise your stuff accordingly
These days, lots of us have too much stuff – we’re a consumer society, everywhere we look we’re being sold something
Often the longer we live in a place, the more we accumulate. Do you just have too much stuff?
It’s not rocket science, but it takes application & discipline & direction. Some people’s talents lie elsewhere – they’re not natural organisers
Then start with a plan:
Keep it simple
Attack it room by room (start somewhere easy)
Sort by –
Functional (items in use),
Favourites (must haves)
Farewells (what you can let go – sell, give, donate, toss)
Be disciplined – have you used/worn it recently, does it fit, will you wear/use again?
Get your storage options organised, i.e. when decluttering a bedroom, organise the wardrobes first, then you have space to use for the rest of the items in the room
Do you have sufficient storage?
Remember you don’t have to do it all at once, just bit by bit
When you buy something & bring it into your home, donate/dispose of something else
Embrace donating unneeded items that are still in good condition to charity
If there’s a local fete or fundraiser coming up in your local community, check out what they need
I find that giving always makes me smile & releases stress
If charity don’t want it, try giving away on gumtree or freecycle
Remember – the one & only key to being organised “Everything has a place & is returned to its place after use”
Your goal is to have a designated place for everything in your home so that it takes the “thinking” out of being organised.
It will still take discipline and some resources (time), but it becomes a more natural and easy process/habit that involves less time.