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Declutter to Downsize to Create a More Minimalist living Space

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Downsize your spaces

Downsizing and decluttering 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. This all becomes overwhelming and emotionally exhausting. Decluttering and downsizing spaces can contribute to a more organized, efficient, and enjoyable living environment.

Decisions need to be made when decluttering and downsizing:

  • How to designate things to family members?

  • Deciding what charities or organizations to give donations?

  • Do I have an estate sale?

  • Space planning for furniture and accessories going to your new home

Most of us have far more things than we need. Our garages, attics, closets and cupboards are overflowing with stuff! A helpful downsizing and decluttering tip is to start small as the whole house can be daunting. For example, start in a closet first. Implement my keep, trash, and donate method to make decisions easier. One of my clients said, "Thank you Kim for giving me permission to let go." Letting go can be stressful. Allowing people to tell their stories eases the emotions and can be gratifying.

A lady carrying a donate box

Basis Tips to Downsize and Declutter:

  • Decide on what non-profits for donations and call them to set up pickup dates

  • Paper Management Tips

  • 5 easy steps to clear out clutter here

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

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

  2. Green for items you want to keep

  3. Yellow is for things to sell

  4. Red is for donate

  • Take pictures of sentimental items instead of keeping.

  • Assign the garage and separate rooms for temporarily storing donations, keeps, sell and family items

  • Create a recycle and shred box for paper items


Whether you’re downsizing to a smaller home, decluttering your existing home, a professional organizer will help you downsize and declutter efficiently and worry-free to give you peace of mind.

Professional Organizer

Kim Miller



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