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Those Mysterious Keys – Where do They All Belong?

By | October 21st, 2020|Categories: Decluttering|Tags: , , , |

We all have mysterious keys that we find in our homes that we don’t know what lock they belong to. This happens a lot while we are purging. Perhaps we decide to downsize for whatever reason, or we are clearing out the home of a loved one that passed away. Finding mysterious keys tucked away in drawers all over the house derails us from our purging to contemplate which locks they belong to, it’s a distraction. We can’t get rid of them if we don’t know what they unlock, or we may never be able to unlock, or start something [...]

Creating a Staging Area to Downsize For a Move

By | September 2nd, 2020|Categories: Decluttering, Downsizing|Tags: , , , , |

So just what exactly is a staging area? Here is the definition according to the Merriam Webster dictionary – ‘an area in which participants in a new especially military operation or mission are assembled and readied’. Of course, downsizing for a move is not a military operation, however, some similarities can be drawn. A staging area is a designated area, and the participants are actually items that are stored until they can be removed from a home.   The first step in the downsizing process is to designate space for a staging area. As mentioned above, this area is where [...]

How Cardboard Boxes Easily Become Clutter

By | August 27th, 2020|Categories: Decluttering, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

Cardboard boxes are great tools for temporary storage. Notice how I used the word ‘temporary’? They are not designed for long-term storage for obvious reasons. At some point over time, their stability comes into question due to the environment in which they live. Cardboard boxes have other temporary uses as well.  They work great for moving your things from one home to another, or when you are downsizing to take donations of home goods to a local charity. Most don’t really like to buy cardboard boxes for the temporary uses as described above. That’s understandable, so when the need arises, [...]

4 Reasons Why Attic Storage is Not a Good Idea

By | August 19th, 2020|Categories: Downsizing, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

There are many companies that provide attic storage solutions.  Most of what I’ve seen in these solutions look like good ideas in terms of storage and organization. Installing these solutions, and then accessing the items, may make you rethink the solution. As with anything in life, there are pros and cons with attic storage.  In my experience, there are not many pros that I could find if I decided to actually make a list. Most of my clients that use attic storage, put items up there and then forgot about them.  Many years later, when they’re in their golden years [...]

Navigating The Waters of Estate Sale Companies

By | August 12th, 2020|Categories: Downsizing|Tags: , , , , |

Estate sale companies are not used solely when someone passes away to clear out a home. The name is actually a misnomer since many people use them as a resource when they move.  Most everyone that I know downsizes, or reduces the amount of their belongings when they move to a new home. A lot of times when people downsize to move to a smaller home, they have excess that they feel could be sold instead of donating to a charity.  However, they may not know how to, or want to do all the work associated with conducting a sale. [...]

Why Create a Home Inventory?

By | October 17th, 2018|Categories: Home Organization, Planning|Tags: , , , , |

The main reason to create a home inventory as you may have suspected, is for insurance purposes. Whether you rent or own your home, purchasing insurance to cover a loss to your property is just a good idea. Setting up a household can be expensive.  From the big-ticket items like furniture and major appliances, to clothes, home goods and home décor, all of this can cost a pretty penny! If you were to add up what you paid for all the big stuff, for instance, you could double that amount and you may get some idea of what it would [...]

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Minimalism – The Path to Health & Happiness

By | August 25th, 2016|Categories: Downsizing, Home Organization, Organizing Tips, Rightsizing|Tags: , , , |

  There have been a lot of posts on the internet lately about minimalism.  It seems to be surfacing in a lot of ways everywhere.  As an organizer and Feng Shui enthusiast, I love the concept.  The idea of letting go of items that aren’t necessary is simplicity in the most basic form.  Eliminating unnecessary items, clutter, allows the energy (chi) to flow freely through your living spaces.  Good energy flow allows for health and happiness. Everyone I know tells me they have too much stuff.  I hear that from pretty much every client that I have ever worked with.  [...]

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