Tips for
Sorting a House

Home sorting, downsizing and decluttering specialists for senior adults in their third age (and their families, loved ones and representatives).

Start by setting up a sorting area

(either with designated spaces, signs, boxes, etc, whatever works best for you) & sort into –

  • Keepers
  • Donations
  • Sellable
  • Disposable

(* You may tackle sorting a house differently depending on whether you are presenting it for sale or improving its liveability)

Getting started can be a challenge

  • It is often easiest to start sorting in a communal area (i.e. lounge or kitchen)
  • I often find it easiest to start by identifying what can be tossed
  • Items that should be in other rooms should be sorted into piles & then returned to those rooms
  • Sort room-by-room – do not move between rooms sorting a bit here & there – you won’t see results & it will be demotivating
  • Get into a rhythm when sorting – if you get stumped with what to do with an item, set it aside & come back to it later – keep the rhythm
  • If sorting a home to improve safety or liveability, it is often wise to tackle your storage areas such as wardrobes first as you will find that many items around the room can then find their “rightful” homes in your wardrobe & other storage areas

Be disciplined when sorting

  • Try to handle items only once

Understand that sorting & decluttering is about making decisions

  • Not always easy
  • It’s not always about the “stuff”

Embrace donating to charity

  • Remember some possessions are for certain stages in our lives &, once their usefulness in our lives is past, we should let them move on to someone else who needs them!
  • Giving is a brilliant way to recycle

Be realistic about how much time it will take

Action items to be donated or disposed of as soon as possible

  • This will stop the temptation to re-sort or relook at
  • Once items have left, you will see all the empty space & then you will feel like you are getting somewhere
  • Celebrate, congratulate yourself