I'm not sure if it's the Marie Kondo (author of the New York Times bestseller, The Life-Changing Joy of Tidying Up) effect or if more Americans are recognizing they might have too much stuff, but I've read a lot of articles recently about people's experiences with letting go of some of their possessions.Read More
I recently started working with a client who’s lived in her current house for 30 years and is considering downsizing in the next year or two. For the most part, she’s been really decisive about what she wants to keep and what she wants to donate. However, occasionally she’ll say to me, “A friend gave this to me, but I never really liked it. Do you think it’s okay if I donate this?”Read More
Downsizing has become more and more popular as empty-nesters decide to ditch the suburbs to move closer to the city after their children have moved away. Oftentimes, empty-nesters also give up square footage when they move from a home in the suburbs to a condo or townhouse, which means they’re forced to evaluate their stuff to figure out what will fit in their new space versus what they can let go of.Read More
Working with a professional organizer is similar to learning a new language. The amount of time you put into it directly relates to the amount of time it takes for the lessons to sink in. Some clients want to work on organizing projects outside of our time together; others only work on projects when I’m there.Read More
M and her husband are empty-nesters. Two years ago, they sold their home of 15 years and moved into a similar-sized home, but with less storage and fewer closets. M tried for two years to organize her new house, but found herself frustrated and anxious because often she couldn’t find what she was looking for. When she called me, she was at her wit’s end.Read More
Do you ever find yourself keeping something on the off-chance that you might need it someday?
Items such as:
Extra screws and little plastic doodads from an already-assembled Ikea furniture piece? Might need them someday.
Seafood forks? Might use them for a fancy dinner party someday.
Acid wash jeans? Might come back in style someday. (Oh wait…I think they already did. But do you really want to revisit THAT trend??)
One question I often ask my clients when sorting and purging their clothing, "how do you feel when you wear this?" Their initial reaction is usually a good indicator of their feelings on the item.
How you feel in your clothing directly affects how you feel about yourself and, indirectly, how you may feel throughout the day. Additionally, your clothing plays a big role in how you project yourself to others.Read More
Getting rid of stuff can be a highly emotional, highly charged experience. It's not necessarily something you want or will be able to do on a whim. That being said, if you're ready to sort and purge, I say go for it!Read More
How does one determine how many of one thing to keep? For example, how many pens do you keep? Do you have a limit on the number you bring into your home? Since pens don't take up a lot of space, they're probably not high on your list of items to downsize.Read More
When you fill up your space with memorabilia from years past, it's quite possible you've got one foot in the past and one foot in the present. Not necessarily in a Back-To-The-Future time machine kind of way, but more of a This-Is-Your-Life time capsule kind of way.Read More
When we decided to quit our jobs and move from Indianapolis, Indiana to Portland, Oregon neither of us knew a soul in Portland, we didn't have jobs lined up, we didn't have a place to live - it was a complete leap of faith. What we DID know was we didn't want to take a lot of stuff with us.Read More
When visiting my family in Minnesota in November, my mom presented me with a box full of my papers from grade school that she didn't want to keep at her house any longer. Ever the diligent daughter, I brought the box back with me to Atlanta and promptly hoisted it onto the highest shelf in my closet, vowing to go through it soon. "Soon" turned into weeks and the weeks turned into months.Read More
When we made the decision to move across the country the first of two times, we were living in a 530 square foot apartment, so downsizing wasn't too terribly overwhelming. Limited space = limited stuff.
That being said, we wanted to be very selective with the items we chose to keep because they would need to arrive on the West coast in one of two ways: 1) packed in the Honda Civic's backseat or trunk to ride along with us on our cross-country moving adventure, or 2) shipped via UPS. Option #1 offered limited space. Option #2 was a cost issue. In either case, the importance of paring down belongings was a critical component of this move.Read More
Statistics indicate that most women wear 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time. TWENTY percent! Let's put that into another context: If my math is correct, this means you're wearing one out of every five items in your closet four out of five days of the week. Whoa.Read More
Last week I spent about two hours sifting through my bedroom closet in an ongoing effort to create space for what matters in my own home. The process is always cathartic for me as I evaluate each item with a critical eye and ask myself questions such as: Does this fit well? Do I love this item on me? Does it need to be repaired? Do I really need three black t-shirts? Could someone else use this instead?Read More