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Through the decluttering and rightsizing process, I’ve realized that it’s so much more than organizing your stuff, emptying your closets or living in a smaller space. It’s about creating a life with room for what matters most. – Courtney Carver, Be More With Less
Our experts, Pat Barnard, Susan Stanhope and Beth Wenhart, offer tips this week on how to rightsize. These three experts will tell you that this can be an emotional project to undertake. Letting go of family possessions, planning, organizing and physically moving can be stressful for every member of the family. The Springmoor residents that have recently moved will tell you – start early! Once they arrived and the boxes were unpacked, they will tell you they only wished they had made the move sooner. Their smaller home, filled with fewer things, is freeing. The clutter has disappeared and the layout is perfect. Surrounded by their favorite things, it still feels like home.
Let’s Move! manager, Pat Barnard, shares her lists to help get you started. She reminds us that your goal is to get rid of some things. Start your purging by following these rules:
- Decide quickly
- Handle items only once
- Recognize what needs to be thrown away and quickly do so
Answer these three questions to see if you should KEEP it:
- Do I use it?
- Do I need it?
- Do I love it?
She suggests you do one room at a time. Set a time limit each day and be disciplined. There are many agencies across Wake County that will gladly accept your furniture, linens, kitchen items, books and accessories. Knowing you are helping others makes the task much easier.
Move Elders with Ease owner, Susan Stanhope, offers her expert advice to get you started with a simplified and safe new home.
- Safety trumps everything! Moving too much stuff can create a fall hazard.
- Keeping the things you love will make your new residence feel like home.
- Keep sessions short (1-2 hours at a time) and give yourself a reward at the end (chocolate, tea with a friend, a walk outside, etc.).
- If you feel you are getting too tired in the middle of a session – walk away for a few minutes. Sometimes just moving around a little will help your brain process what is happening and rejuvenate.
- Plan ahead for days/times when you anticipate having the most energy to do the downsizing and put it on your calendar.
- It’s never too early to start the process. Cleaning out a drawer or a bookcase a week, for instance, can feel very freeing. After a few weeks you will be able to see what great progress you have made.
Beth Wenhart of Carolina Relocation & Transition Specialists offers these special tips to begin your rightsizing tasks.
- Look at an item and ask yourself “Does this item bring me happiness?”
- Don’t keep duplicates.
- Give items you use just once a year to one of your kids so you can use it at their house (example a turkey roaster).
- Closet Tip: Hang all your hangers in the reverse direction. As you wear each item, hang them back up in the usual direction. At the end of the season, you will have a clear picture of what you don’t wear and can donate those items.
- Try to determine where your clutter and excess items are coming from and stop their flow into your home. If one of the issues is paper and mail coming in the door, shred or discard unneeded items as they come in. Don’t let it accumulate. Beth offers three sources to help stop the direct mail, catalogs, and credit card applications from cluttering your kitchen table.
- If you feel overwhelmed by this process, then it’s time to recruit some help, maybe a family member, a friend or a professional. Hiring a professional can reduce stress, eliminate family conflict and avoid overburdening your children.
All of our experts will tell you to Start Small – one or two cabinets, not the whole kitchen. Stay focused. Donate. Throw away. Get Started! Excess clutter in your home can be overwhelming. When you rightsize your home you will have a greater sense of peace. Continue reading →
Packing your house into a box is an overwhelming thought. A move to a smaller home after living in your house for forty years may seem impossible. With these ten rightsizing tips, the process can be simplified. And the fun of retirement awaits you!
1. Does it spark joy?
Ask yourself this question when you look at an item. If the answer is “yes,” then you certainly want to keep these things. Expert and author, Marie Kondo always asks her clients this question as they begin the process of rightsizing.
2. Keep your sessions short.
Start cleaning or thinning at least 3 months before your move. Plan for a few hours each day and be sure to add it to your calendar. Start slow so you don’t get discouraged. Start small: the panty, the closet or your guest room. Leave the attic for later.
3. Find a helper that will keep you honest!
Will you really use that old suitcase, lamp, cookie sheet or dust buster? Probably not, so she/he can keep asking you that question when the decision-making is difficult.
4. Work with a floor plan and templates.
Measure your new rooms and compare them to your current rooms. This will help you see how much space you actually will have and can assist you in deciding which pieces will fit in your new home. Do you have a kitchen table and a dining room table? Cut out both with our paper templates and you will easily be able to decide which one will fit best in your new space.
5. Divide your things into three.
Keep. Sell. Donate. Experts tell us that you should only keep one-third to one-half of what you have now. Gathering all like items together, such as clothing or kitchen items, will make it easier to decide which items to keep as you go through the piles.
6. No more home repairs, no more meal preparation.
Garages and kitchens can be great places to shed extras. Snow shovels, lawnmowers, garbage cans won’t be needed in your new home at Springmoor. A second set of mixing bowls or multiple serving dishes probably won’t be necessary either. Remember that you will be enjoying wonderful meals in our dining rooms and cafes. You will eat at least one meal a day that is prepared by our chefs. Those extra serving spoons or bread-maker probably won’t be used very often. Continue reading →
Once you have made the decision to move to a retirement community like Springmoor, the hardest part can be organizing your belongings and preparing your house to sell. This is why we are hosting a rightsizing event to better help you manage this task.
On March 17, April 8 and April 15 at 1 p.m. we will be holding a luncheon for those interested in Springmoor. Real estate expert, Julie Kopetsky, will also be available to help tackle the downsizing in your life. Continue reading →
- Talk with your family: It’s important to determine what is most important for you to move to your new home.
- Name a coordinator: Ask an organized family member to oversee the entire cleaning operation. If the house is being sold, consider naming a family member to coordinate the selling process.
- Start small: Protect your sanity by breaking the house down into manageable portions. Clean one room at a time over a period of days.
- Sort the stuff. Place items into one of three piles:
- Don’t lose focus. Don’t get so focused on cleaning out the house that you neglect your move into a new home. It’s a great idea to have everything prepared before the first night’s stay.
Photos show new finishes offered at Springmoor, as well as model alcoves.
You’ve probably spent a lot of time and energy on retirement planning over the years. For most of us, however, this planning revolves around saving and investing to support the lifestyle we want after we stop working. If you’re near retirement age or have already reached it, it’s time to do some thoughtful planning regarding exactly where you will live as you age.Continue reading →
As you approach or continue retirement, you’ve probably realized that if there’s one thing you want to add to your life at this stage, it’s this: simplicity. Fortunately, if you’re considering a community like Springmoor for your NC retirement, simplicity comes standard.
By choosing a smaller space like a one-bedroom residence at Springmoor, you’re essentially adding simplicity by eliminating all the headaches associated with living in a space that’s too large for your current needs. And as smaller-space living has become increasingly popular in recent years, people everywhere are unlocking (and talking about) the benefits of living large in cozier spaces.Continue reading →