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5 Tips to Help Seniors Declutter

Dec 22, 2016 | Health and Wellness

If you’ve lived in your home for many years, you may be considering downsizing or moving. The very thought can be overwhelming. Where to start? What to keep? What to toss? It’s that time of year when we make our resolutions and vow to stick with them.
Our friends at Organize Senior Moves specialize in helping seniors and their families transition from one home to another with care, attentiveness and trust. If you have resolved to declutter in 2017, their team recommends the following strategy to help you get organized.

Photo courtesy of Organize Senior Moves

Photo courtesy of Organize Senior Moves

5 Tips to Help You Declutter 
  1. Start in the areas where you live; your kitchen, family room and bedroom. 
  1. Separate things into items that you keep, those that will be donated, items for trash, family/friends, etc. Consider having either designated areas for these things, or boxes, in which to place them. 
  1. Empty and organize every cabinet, closet and drawer. Examine the contents carefully to determine what you actually use and need. Refer back to step #2 as you go along. 
  1. Once your primary areas of the home have been thoroughly, you are permitted to begin work in other areas of the home.  Lather, rinse, repeat. 
  1. Allow yourself time to perform each of these steps.  You are not expected to get this all done in a day or even a weekend, especially if this is done properly and effectively.  You are expected to go about living your daily life.

This list and video from Apartment Therapy also has great advice to help you stay focused along with things you don’t want to do when do when decluttering. Organizing expert, and frequent Oprah show contributor Peter Walsh, shares even more organizing tips. There are many benefits to having an organized, decluttered home even if you are not planning on downsizing. And, should you decide to downsize, it will be less stressful if you’re home is already free of extra items and clutter. Armed with these tips, you can successfully declutter your home. Here’s to a wonderful 2017!