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.
Happy Birthday to The Sandwich Generation
Part 1: The Sandwich Generation label has nothing to do with food, and everything to do with being stuck firmly between an older and younger generation of family members. This 5 part series may assist with ways to reduce stress while helping your elder parent(s).
If you were born after WWII, between 1946-1964 you are part of the “baby boom” generation. You likely grew up with 3 to 7 siblings who are now considered part of the Sandwich Generation. Many baby boomers are overloaded juggling their career along with looking after parents and their immediate family. Thus sandwiched, and pulled in every direction even as Boomers themselves become seniors. An improved healthcare system means parents are living longer than their parents did – sometimes flirting around the century mark.
2.4 Million babies were born in Canada between 1957-61 – the heart of the post war baby boom. 10% of our population will be seniors soon. Why is this important? Systems are not currently (2018) in place to adequately care for our aging population. Our infrastructure is lagging to support such a large cohort of aging seniors.
Delighting Seniors in Eastern Ontario
The entire process was excellent. I would/will recommend the service to everyone I know. Thank You so much for helping me with the transition! N Lagana, Ptbo