Downsize and Declutter

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.

Lots of decisions have to be made:

  • Where do I start

  • How do I make decisions on what family members get what

  • Deciding what charities or organizations to give donations

  • 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

  • · More disposable income available

  • · Need a bigger home for more space

  • · I might need it one day

  • · It’s a gift or heirloom.

  • · I might lose weight.

  • · Emotionally attached

10 Tips for Moving/ 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

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

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

  • · Tag things with different color stickers to detect certain items such as:

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

  • Green for items you want to keep

  • Yellow is for things to sell

  • Red is for donate

  • Take pictures of sentimental items instead of keeping

  • Assign the 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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