Quarantine and Downsizing

We may be at home now, but we can still do things to move forward. Hopefully you’ll be motivated to use this time at home to do some sorting, re-thinking your possessions, and planning.

If you find yourself not knowing what to do next, getting a bit bored or missing connection, start downsizing. That may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but downsizing can have short- and long-term benefits.

We often put off downsizing or going through the things we have in our homes because we are too busy. With many of us no longer working or finding ourselves with extra time on our hands, now is the time to start.

Begin by choosing a space and start sorting the items there. It could be a cabinet, a drawer, or a pile that has been sitting around for a long time. You don’t have to do everything in one day. If you choose to work on a larger area be sure to divide your project into smaller chunks or designate a specific amount of time you wish to spend. Maybe do it for 30 minutes. You’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish.

Not ready for the big downsize or still currently using the things you have. You can still move forward with the downsizing process by thinking ahead. Create a list or tag items that you want to share with family, noting which family member will get what. Also, identify items that you will want to sell or donate. When the time comes to actual downsize, you’ll be ready to go.

If you feel that you have most of your house already downsized, think about the boxes of things you may have set aside. The old tax papers in the attic or the boxes of photographs you said you would sort someday. This may be the day to get started on them.

Sorting through photographs can help connect you with people while “staying home”. Memories of times together can be an encouragement as you remember and look forward to more. Take time to identify the event and the people in each picture. If you are unable to recognize the people or if it is just landscape/architecture or an event you don’t recall, there is probably no reason to keep it. Keep only the pictures that have value to you.

Downsizing can be a great way to use this time at home while enjoying thoughts of family members, the wonderful memories you have, and your plans for the future.

© 2020 Beth Giles

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