Today may be February 1, but just because January is over, doesn’t mean you need to forget your New Years Resolutions! Was organizing your home or de-cluttering part of your New Year Goals? Today we feature insight from our Guest Blogger and Food Stager, Tootie. Check out her point of view when it comes to getting your house ready to sell or just living clutter free!
Here is Tootie’s Take….
January is historically the official month to declutter your world! Clean your closet, your drawers, your cupboards, your garage…donate, organize, etc. You know that this year you will get it right. You will get organized and stay that way. Life will be simple and good. Friends will marvel at your efforts and progress…on and on.
Well, that is every year for me. I start strong and then life happens. Every year except this last year. We have recently down sized or as I like to call it, “right sized” into our new home. (Thanks Holly!!!). We did a lot of work to pare down our belongings to a manageable inventory and it feels so good! It is important to know that managing your inventory should be like a fast food chain…In-N-Out!!! When you bring any new items IN…old items need to go OUT!!!
I can’t tell you how many times that I wished we had been more proactive. How many times I said “this will never happen again”. In 1998, we actually moved items from our original home in Washington state to Arizona that never saw the light of day. New me thinks that is shameful!!!
When the purging began, there were discussions…well heated discussions…A little advice, don’t expect for you and your spouse to be on the same page about what should HAPPEN to your “stuff”. For the sake of your marriage, it is important to do this together. If you don’t, you will regret it in the end. It just feels good to know that you both made the decisions to purge together.
I do regret that we put off the purging and the decluttering for so long. We were collectors…of this and that. I would say knowledgeable collectors. Not paying attention to them for years, our once valuable collections lost value. Original art, Christmas collectibles, antiques…lots of things. THINGS!!! Our lives got busy, the collectible market changed and we had no idea. I didn’t want to move these “things” to our new house because we were updating our decor and there wouldn’t be any room. So, we ended up giving most of the Christmas items to good friends that have young children. The art and antiques were sold at a fraction of the price we paid for them. We happily donated to several wonderful charities. We had too many things. A lot of these things were in closets or the garage hidden from plain view. It was easy to not think about them.
DEVELOPING THE NEW YOU!!!
Manage what you have in your hidden spaces. Closets, drawers, cupboards, garage and what not. It will give you peace of mind to know that everything you have is needed and useful. Things can be needed and useful for your happiness as well as for function.
For inspiration, check out “Tidying up with Marie Kondo” on Netflix. Each episode she encounters different people with different circumstances. She applies the same method to everyone and it makes it easy to learn from her. You may not be into everything (folding) but I bet you will learn a few things and incorporate them into your everyday life. If that doesn’t inspire you, watch an episode of “Hoarders” to launch you into getting things started pronto!!! LOL!!!
GIVE special things to special people NOW. DONATE and know that someone else will love what you have ignored for years. THROW AWAY ANYTHING that is broken or worn. Just GET STARTED!!! Be ready for the next chapter in your life. Don’t pay to move this to your new home, take care of it now. Do this at a pace that is comfortable. Your GOAL to organize your “inventory” needs respect. Give it meaning and purpose by assigning a start and end date. Remember a GOAL without a plan is just a wish!!!
IS THERE A NEW YOU IN 2019???
Until next time…take care and I wish you success!