SPRING CLEANING – 3 TIPS TO BOOST YOUR SUCCESS 1About three years ago, long time friend and client, Ann Christie told me about a new venture she was thinking of launching. She helps people “Declutter and Downsize”, reorganize their “family possessions” and aids them in living with less. Whether you are moving or not it is a great service and one that we have used to great advantage in our house and my Real Estate business. Her team specializes in helping families move their loved ones to senior’s residences and they have great people skills which can alleviate lots of the pain for the family involved. Enough said…here is her thoughts on Spring Cleaning that I thought you might enjoy as well as her contact information below. You won’t be disappointed!

The weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer which means that it’s that time of year again – Spring. Along with Spring comes the need to do some Spring cleaning – here are 3 key tips that will definitely boost your success when decluttering and organizing.

  • Everything you own needs to be of value to you – otherwise it should go.

Every item must serve a function and you should have used it within the last year, OR the item must be beautiful, OR you just really, really love it. Think about this – if your house was burning and your family, pets and purse were already out of harm’s way, what else would you grab? Somehow, I don’t think the answer would be the old relic of a computer that may one day act as a backup even though it’s as slow as molasses and has a broken CD drive, the chipped and ugly china you inherited from Auntie Mabel that’s been packed away for ten years somewhere in the basement or the clothing that is three sizes too small that you hope you will get back into one day. So why are you hanging on to those items? Let them go – you will feel better and lighter. Remember the saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”

  • Everything must have its place and needs to be in its place – it’s critical for things to have a designated home. 

You won’t waste all that time looking for things and you will stay so much more organized. A lot of mental anguish and stress will simply fall away when the clutter disappears.  The other advantage of everything having a home is that you will have built-in triggers and quickly realize when or if things are starting to slip out of control. If you have a basket for unopened mail and that basket starts to overflow, you know it’s time to take a few minutes and tackle that pile of mail.  It’s so much better to do it at that point then when your entire desk or counter is covered with unopened mail and you can’t find that invitation for your friend’s surprise party. 

  • Tackle one area at a time – it might be a shelf, a desk, a bookcase or a closet. 

Don’t try to do everything at once or just a little bit in this room and a little bit in that room.  Concentrate on one area at a time and create three piles – one to keep, one to donate, sell or give to family or friends, and one for the trash. For the items you are keeping, put like items together – use baggies, boxes or other containers you have around the house to temporarily keep those items sorted. Then you can get appropriate sized containers that will work for your particular situation. Clear containers work well because you can label them and you can see through them to identify what’s inside.

When you are done, there will be less stuff, the items left will be organized and everything will have a designated home – most important of all, remember to celebrate the small victories along the way.

If you need home organization help or to find out how Declutter and Downsize can be of service to you, please call 416-961-1406 or email ann@declutteranddownsize.com

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