Now’s The Time to ‘Get around to it’ – Decluttering as part of your downsizing journey

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When you are faced with moving from the family home into a smaller property there will be some difficult, and often emotional, decisions to make regarding your memories and belongings.

What should I take? What can be thrown or given away?

Decluttering can be tough, but with the following 5 points, it should be easier and less stressful.

  1. GIVE YOURSELF A DECENT LEAD TIME - Decluttering when downsizing is the most time consuming part of moving process – either due to the procrastination of getting around to it – or the sheer volume of items hidden within cupboards, bags and attics.
  2. MULTIPLES AND MULTIPLES – Whether its towels, bedsheets, tea-towels, glasses, crockery –how many do you really need? In the case of bed clothes a good rule of thumb is one set on, one clean and one in the washing. When it comes to crockery – how many 7 course dinners for 12 people will you be entertaining in the future?
  3. EASY TO DISPOSE – Start with the broken items, out of date foods and medicines*, gather newspapers and magazines (make sure you flip through the pages first to make sure you haven’t put something inside the pages for “safe keeping”) and if you are disposing of clothes check the pockets!
  4. NOT USING IT, THEN LOOSE IT – look at wardrobes, pantry, shed and if you haven’t used it within the last 6-12 months then you most likely won’t need it in the future. We know it can be hard on that ‘what if’ scenario – but also remember space will be a premium when you downsize.
  5. LEAST EMOTIONAL AREA – when you begin to declutter it is wise to start with an attic or bathroom, so your emotions don’t put a road block on time or your heart. Then gradually work towards the hardest room (that may take the longest!).
  6. *dispose of at a pharmacy not in the bin

What about the hard to declutter areas?

It could be an entire room –which you have accumulated everything from your first tennis racket to the baby’s crib. Or those truly sentimental items in each room – whether they are books, photographs, pictures and great Aunt Elsie’s crocheted doilies you were given when younger. All of these items are bundled together into the emotional group of things that pull on the heart strings.

It could be an entire room –which you have accumulated everything from your first tennis racket to the baby’s crib. Or those truly sentimental items in each room – whether they are books, photographs, pictures and great Aunt Elsie’s crocheted doilies you were given when younger. All of these items are bundled together into the emotional group of things that pull on the heart strings.

You may not want to part with them - but how much sentiment is attached to an item that may be just placed in a drawer when you move? Begin to evaluate what you truly cannot give away - to those that could possibly be passed on to the next generation. Or take a photograph of the item – which is a great reminder without the clutter.

Space Plan

When thinking about the furniture to take to a smaller place, it’s a good idea to space plan. So you know what fits and what may be too big. Also it’s a great way to ensure that you have enough storage space for all those belongings and items you just didn’t have the heart to dispose of.

Now you can see why we suggested leaving plenty of time for your decluttering projects.

If you do a little bit every day you can reach your destination of a new smaller home, a little less stressed knowing you have made the right decision about each item - because it’s been based on want and not emotion or lack of time.

Or if you are having a hard job ‘getting around to it’ then contact NE Solutions on (08) 6555 7785 to Map the Way for you.

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