It’s always pleasing to be quoted in print.  Check out this recent article on downsizing and decluttering in Australian Unity Autumn mag and what I say

  • Some people are more emotionally attached to things than others, and if grief of loss are involved it can be a lot harder.  If you can’t make decisions, consider getting a family member, friend or professional to help
  • Space reality check:  If your new kitchen will be 50% smaller than your current kitchen, then you’ll have to let 50% of your stuff go, simple as that
  • One of the difficult discussions is how much people’s possessions are worth.  People often think their things are worth more than they really are.  You can try to sell it, but if you can’t, you have to move on to the next step, which is to give it to family or friends or donate to charities.  You can’t get stuck on this.
  • Don’t leave it too late to downsize or other people might have to do it for you
  • When in doubt, Mary recommends “the power of the cup of tea” – have a cup of tea, relax, then start over again


Mary J Harnan BBus, 3a home sorting specialist
Aging Specialist, ICD  |  CD Specialist, ICD  |  Hoarding Specialist, ICD  | Expert Member AAPO 
Based in Balwyn North, Vic, I have sorted 100’s of homes & helped 100’s of senior adults & their families.   I regularly speak about 3a decluttering and smart downsizing.