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#5 Save the Memories

Everyone has possessions that are kept not necessarily for their usefulness but rather for the associated emotional value. When you identify an object that is treasured for its memories or the feeling it evokes, you should ask yourself the following questions: Is the item something that should carefully be preserved…

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#8 Break into smaller tasks

Coming in at number 8 in our top 10 ways to make your move or downsize easier is “Break larger tasks down into more manageable and practical pieces.” Accomplishing a large project like moving or downsizing can be overwhelming if you view it as a whole. When the job is…

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Downsizing the Decorations

The holidays are coming and soon we will be pulling out the decorations. Items that stay packed away for most of the year will get their moment in the light. But what does that have to do with downsizing or moving? Well, when we think of downsizing our things, we often…

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SIMPLIFY your downsize or Move – Involve others

Last month, we looked at “L” of SIMPLIFY where we considered letting go of items while keeping the memories or sentiments that are attached to them. Now we move onto the “I” – Involve others. Moving and downsizing can be stressful emotionally, physically and mentally. It can become overwhelming to do…

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Let go of the rest- but keep the memories (part 2)

As we work our way through the acrostic of SIMPLIFY, we last looked at “L” for “Let go of the rest”. This month we look at another aspect of letting go which is keeping the memories or sentiments attached while letting go of the physical item. Some possessions are easy…

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#5 Save the Memories

Everyone has possessions that are kept not necessarily for their usefulness but rather for the associated emotional value. When you identify an object that is treasured for its memories or the feeling it evokes, you should ask yourself the following questions: Is the item something that should carefully be preserved…

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Procrastination

We all know too well what procrastination means, and it can look different for each person. It may show up as taking a nap, checking email, watching TV, going on Facebook, shopping, or one of many other forms. You had good intentions. You even made the “To do” list, but…

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#6 Decide what is important

Last month we considered tip #7 in our top ten about how to determine what will actually fit into your new space. This month, we focus on clarifying which possessions are of greater importance to you and should take with during a downsize. It is often hard to differentiate the…

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Where did the time go?

We all get 24 hours a day, but how often do we stop and ask ourselves where it all went? Sometimes it seems like we only did a few things, yet it took the whole day. We never even got to the important stuff we were supposed to do or…

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#7 Plan out your space

Last month, we discussed breaking down the necessary tasks for your downsize or move, and now it’s time for the next tip in our Top 10 list: “#7 Plan out your space”. Identifying in advance the amount of room you will have and understanding what will actually fit into your…

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Great Expectations

Organizing a home or office is a very attainable goal but is often approached with unrealistic expectations. Some people think that with a small block of time, a little bit of work and a few new containers, their space can become “perfect”, just like the spaces on television that are…

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#8 Break into smaller tasks

Coming in at number 8 in our top 10 ways to make your move or downsize easier is “Break larger tasks down into more manageable and practical pieces.” Accomplishing a large project like moving or downsizing can be overwhelming if you view it as a whole. When the job is…

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Clutter Excuses

You probably have heard the statement, “If you don’t need an item, love it, or use it regularly, you probably don’t need to keep it”. That’s great in theory, but when it comes down to actually parting with these things, it can be really hard. It is easy to come…

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#9 Start Early

Last month, we considered how making a plan will help to reduce the stress of the downsizing and moving process. Once you’ve formulated your plan, the next piece of advice is to begin the preparation process with plenty of time before actual move date. It has taken years to accumulate…

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Questions on the Road to Organization

We have all heard that the destination of organization is “a place for everything and everything in its place”. But how do you get from where you are now to that organized place? Here are several questions you should consider along the way. What purpose does the room serve? Each…

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