Downsize and Declutter

As a professional organizer I am passionate about what I do.

I have worked with all type of clients who come from all facets of life such as ADD, dyslexia, going through a divorce, have dementia, physical ailments, anxiety, hoarders and fears in general.

I’ve helped people with managing paper, creating filing systems, time management, organizing an entire house including garages, helping with the whole moving process, packing and unpacking, staging to sell, holiday decorating, to organizing photos.

One of my mottos is “Living with Less is More”

Moving or downsizing can be one of the one of the most stressful times. Leaving a home - perhaps after 10, 20, 30 or more years - is thought to be one of the most devastating stressors in life, exceeded only by the death of a loved one or a serious illness. Even the happiest move can cause anxiousness and frustration. Even the most loving adult children and family friends may not be able to provide all the help they'd like - or simply may not know how best to be helpful.

Some have lived in their homes more many years and accumulated lots of memories. And its not just the stuff that is hard to let go but the home itself. Lots of decisions have to be made such as where do I start, how do I make decisions on what family members get what, deciding what charities or organizations to give donations to, do I have an estate sale. This all becomes overwhelming and emotionally exhausted.

Do these excuses resonate with you as being a "pack rat"?

Don't let these excuses enter your new home.

. Impulse buying giving you a "buyers high"- more is better

· More disposable income available

· Bigger house makes room for more stuff.

· I might need it one day

· It’s a gift or heirloom.

· I might lose weight.

· Emotionally attached.

10 Tips for Downsizing:

· Plan ahead and educate yourself about what your options for downsizing.

· Give oneself at least 6 weeks to prepare for a move.

· Decide on what non-profits to donate things to

· Decide on who you might sell things to such as ebay, neighbhorhood social media sites, resale shops, Craig’s list, Nextdoor, etc.

· Once you know what size home you are moving into start the purging process.

· Decision Making: Treasures, books, photos, papers, etc.

· Go through the house and tag things with colored stickers. For instance you may use different color to detect certain items such as:

o Blue is for items your giving to a family member or friend

o Green for items you want to keep

o Yellow is for things to sell

o Red is for donate

· If you want to get rid of something that has sentimental value and your don’t need it then I suggest taking a picture of it.

· Assign an area in your home such as a garage or separate room for temporarily storing donations to make it easier for disposing later.

· Create a recycle and shred box for paper items.


Whether you’re downsizing to a smaller home, decluttering your existing home, packing and unpacking, professional organizers are proficient in helping in all of these areas. Many of my clients have felt encouraged to be able to let go with my permission. Nothing feels better than finally feeling free and at peace.

Kim Miller

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