You have permission

You have permission

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?”

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What if my children want this someday?

What if my children want this someday?

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.

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Now where did I put that thing?

Now where did I put that thing?

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. 

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But I might need it

But I might need it

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??)

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How do you feel?

How do you feel?

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.

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Decisions, decisions...

Decisions, decisions...

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.

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Small Space Stories: Moving across the country

Small Space Stories: Moving across the country

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.

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To keep or not to keep...that is the question

To keep or not to keep...that is the question

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?

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