One of the reasons clutter may occur in your home as you age is poor design.
At any age, our home should be designed & organised to support that stage in our lives, i.e. our homes should flow & change as our life changes.
Ageing in your home or downsizing needs significant consideration of a wide range of aspects:
- If ageing in your home, you may need to invest some $, time & thought it preparing your home for your physical & mental requirements now & in the following years. You will also need to ensure you have the right support services for maintenance, cleaning & tidying up.
- If downsizing, you need to be smart & ensure you don’t move too much & take unsuitable stuff to a smaller space. I often see clients who are intent on moving a wall unit to their more modern new “downsized” home. They fail to see that the wall unit was purchased to suit a larger home, that it takes up a lot of room & may not provide the storage that best suits them now.
The Center for Health Design based in California has just released a thought provoking checklist that focuses on features specific to older people, but could be appropriate to anyone. After all we ALL want to live easier & safer at any age. “The checklist matrix lists the strategy or goal, design considerations for the built environment, and the universal implications (benefits for everyone). For example, the goal of ageing in place in one’s home requires (among others) features that are easy to clean and maintain, and the universal implication is that it increases the suitability of housing for a wider range of users and potential buyers. The checklist is meant to support a universal design approach to environments for aging populations.”
Based in Balwyn North, Vic, I have sorted 100’s of homes & helped 100’s of clients. I am an expert member of the Australasian Association of Professional Organisers & with specialist & other certificates in Chronic Disorganisation, Aging, Life Transitions, ADD & Hoarding from the Institute of Challenging Disorganization (USA).
I regularly speak about decluttering, downsizing & my 3F’s for letting stuff go