Overwhelmed, stressed, and unable to sleep are common concerns Patti Priestman hears when she meets her elder clients. Seniors and their adult children contact, Home Suite Home Transitions, looking for help to downsize and move. By the time Priestman and her team leave a newly transitioned senior, she is proud of comments like, "HSHT answered my prayers, provided total piece of mind, came to my rescue".
DYI Determined to Downsize Step 3
DYI Determined to Downsize Step 4
Keep Your Eyes On The Prize: Space!
At the end of your 2 weeks of sorting and decluttering you will have more space.
Functional, relaxing, Space == Success!!!
Before and After Decluttering Sewing room. The homeowner loved seeing her beautiful hope chest again!
Before and After Decluttering LR
Step 2 Determined To Downsize
Now that you have set your mind to accomplishing the (seemingly dirty deed) of downsizing, where do you start? Be prepared to make your project area chaotic. In order to reduce your clutter, downsize prized possessions and free up space, you need to be able to see what you have.
Whether you are determined to downsize your entire home as one project (my preference), or whether you choose smaller chunks such as a linen closet, a Bedroom, or the attic, the process is virtually the same. You can supplant your existing project area in to the following description of the entire home. Time to prepare for organized chaos! Set up will have to be adjusted to make room for you to display your “attic finds”, or your “well organized, previously-loved-but-now squirrel away hobbies”. Remember to review why you are doing this work, revisit your mindset (structured in step 1 of this series). Think of the end result – of a new repurposed bedroom to a craft room, or a storage of everything and anything attic (aka who knows what is up there!) to a functional storage area that freed up other storage in your entrance closet for example, or other areas of your home.
Ready for your personal Chaos? Follow Step 3 and Let the work begin! At times items will be sentimental, triggering happy and sad memories but that is OK! Bask in the moment then make a decision (based on Step 3: search on our next post: DYI Downsizing) and keep moving toward your ultimate goal.
Not Ready Yet ... and Just In Case suddenly changed to READY NOW!
This story began with John and I attending a senior's show. While we were there, a seminar was ofered which caught our attention. It was all about De-cluttering and downsizing. "Yup - Someday we may need something like that. But not right now, we're not ready yet!" It was an interesting session, given by Patti, of "Home Suite Home". We liked her and her ideas, but still not ready yet... We kept her card, just in case...
A few weeks later, at the request of our children, we checked out some senior residences. Again, "just in case", because we still weren't ready. Some residences did tweak some interest - we weren't seriously considering, --- were we?? Other "just in case" and "we aren't ready yet" people had put their names on waiting lists. You know, Just In Case!! As the next chapter of our lives unravelled, we suddenly became very grateful to be on that list --reality and health issues were ...Read more ...