People tend to hang onto things for it’s sentimental value, but that can add clutter to your space. By letting go of things, you can create a more peaceful and clutter-free space. Let’s get into the positives of decluttering your home.
Declutter for Peace of Mind
Decluttering, arranging and organizing your possessions allows you to assess your property for the next series of moments and memories that you will be making. This method may be a must for seniors in particular, for one of the three reasons that this article illustrates.
Commonly used items are often festering with allergens. The elimination of clutter and its associated contaminants can improve the air quality in your home – from dust and dust mites to pollen and mold. After a clean-out clutter you can find yourself breathing better!
You know what they’re saying about one man’s garbage, so consider donating it to a charitable agency and having a tax write-off if you don’t need it or want it any more. Homeless shelters make use of cleverly used furniture or toys or schools that might love some antique clothing for their next production of theater.
Reducing clutter may create more space and reduce the risk of unsafe falls, or accidents that contribute to loss of mobility. Decluttering can be helpful to you in many situations if you have reduced mobility allowing easier travel around the home.
Decrease the Size
For seniors moving to a smaller room due to need or desire, decluttering is a necessary process that will help you prepare your new space of the right size. Read How to Declutter with Liquidation in Mind to learn more about how to plan to downsize.
How to Get Moving in Decluttering
Here are a few steps to begin decluttering:
- Decide what items are needed for living safely or comfortably. This includes necessary items such as a bed, place for clothes, eating utensils, and so forth.
- Keep items we love. These are meaningful items that define us as individuals.
- Establish action for selling items of monetary value, gifting those of sentimental value, then donating or disposing of the rest.
If decluttering is a larger undertaking than you can handle it may be time to consider hiring a professional. Caring Transitions specializes in helping seniors and their families downsize, declutter, sort and organize.
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