Transitions are also Life Transitions
A household transition can be
many things: getting ready for a move to a smaller
home in the future, actually making the move now,
downsizing and preparing your home for sale, or
reorganization of your current home for more efficient
and comfortable living.
your plan, on a "sorting
and downsizing calendar". Schedule a starting
time even if it is a month from now. Remember
to schedule days off for time with family and
friends, doing things you enjoy.
mini goal, take only one room
at a time and divide your projects for that
room in small pieces, move one step at a time
on each before moving on to the next. With these
goals, one room at a time, it is easier to chart
a floor plan, of your new home
and begin to think about where you will place
furniture. Make an inventory list of furniture
in each room; note each piece MOVE (M) SELL
(S) GIVEAWAY (G) Use color stickers on furniture,
lamps large pieces of art and knick knacks.
MOVE (GREEN) SELL (YELLOW) GIVEAWAY (RED) FOR
"Knick Knack Clutter",
take a good look at the things in your house
that are in sight; if you do not like it anymore
or you have no use for it, give it away, sell
it, or toss it. Designate an area in each room
for 3 boxes and a trash bag. Family Box; Sell
Box; Charity box and The Trash.
General Clutter, feeling like
your stuff is in control of you? It is not;
it's the other way around! While watching TV
in your favorite chair each evening take a drawer
with you and a Big trash bag. If you haven't
looked at it, touched it, used it for ages or
you have no clue what that "thingamajig"
size your closet, discard or
recycle anything that is old, out of style,
doesn't fit or hasn't been out of the dry cleaning
bag since you brought it home it from the cleaners
a year ago. It is OK to have a "Maybes"
pile - but if after one month you still have
not worn it. Give it away.
your bathroom, spend an extra
half hour in the bathroom each morning to go
through the stuff in your bathroom cabinets,
throw out everything that has passed the expiration
date. You can get rid of those empty prescription
med bottles now, the half empty bottles of stuff.
time to reminisce, gather all
of the family photos and memorabilia into special
boxes of their own. On your scheduled days off,
enjoy sharing special memories with family and
friends. Share the history of "Family Heirlooms",
have a family member or friend record it on
a small card and attach it to the piece. Cherished
family memories move on from generation to generation.