Still staying at home
Still “staying at home”? Have you been using the time to downsize or organize your home? Perhaps you have been busy working through your cabinets, closets, and boxes. You’ve sorted, made many decisions and collected piles to donate or sell. Good for you! Keep up the good work! And for the rest of us, it’s not too late to get started!
What should you do next? Often when we downsize, we only think about the things that we can hold in our hands, like a tea pot, a pair of shoes, or a CD player. We fail to consider the bigger items in our homes. These next few weeks of quarantine would be a good time to make decisions about larger pieces like furniture and home décor. We see these things all the time and often take them for granted. They become part of the landscape of our homes and we don’t even think about them, so why not use the time you have now to change that and give them some thought.
If you plan to stay in your home, look around with objective eyes and see if there is an open feeling to each room. Evaluate if extra things have crept in over time, taking up space and creating a crowded feeling. Just because an end table has been in the same location for a long time doesn’t mean it has to stay in that spot. It may be a beautiful furniture piece but relocating it to another room or letting it go can create visual openness as well as physical space. A little more room makes it safer to move around and can brighten things up.
If moving is in your future, consider the approximate size of the place you hope to move to. Are you moving from 2,000 sq. ft to 1,000 sq. ft.? Then you will need to trim down about 50%. With this fact in mind, look at your furniture, décor, and even your workshop or craft equipment. Consider which items will be a good fit for your new home and your life there. You may still need them for now but you can tag them, indicating your decision to let go of them in the future. Making these decisions now will move you forward in your downsizing.
As you make downsizing progress and decisions on the larger pieces you may find you can’t donate or sell them during quarantine. Most donation sites are not open yet and local pick up of large items has not been reinstated. However, furniture and tool donations can now be dropped off at Habitat for Humanity (2 Portland locations open) even though they are not able to do pick ups yet.
Quarantine doesn’t mean you should wait on your downsizing. Just think how good it will feel once places open and you are able to follow through on all those decisions you have already made.
© Beth Giles 2020