I’ve been a senior move manager for over 18 years and love every minute of assisting older adults with downsizing and transitioning to a new style of living. Whether it’s a move to an independent living community, assisted living community or continuing care community, the process often comes down to the same question — “what do I do with all this stuff?”. And when people say ‘stuff’, invariably, a lot of the ‘stuff’ is documents and records.
It’s the first day of school, and the papers start streaming in — forms to fill out, signatures required on endless packets, schedules for classes, contracts for school-issued equipment, and you’re already overwhelmed with the onslaught. In addition to the paper streaming in and out of your kids’ backpacks, there’s the sports teams, dance classes, appointments, open houses, meetings and other extracurricular activities and clubs that pepper the weekly calendar, demanding an advanced logistics degree to get everyone to the right place at the right time.
Those catalog pictures? Sure, I’m stating the obvious, but nobody lives there. Meaning, these beautiful rooms were not developed for a real person who has recycling and work and nail polish bottles and children’s items and shoes and paperwork and blankets that need laundering. The takeaway? After organizing, upkeep is a vital part of the process and everything won’t be perfect all the time.
Here are more organizing myths that should make you feel better:
- Declutter once and you’re done.
Before you bring your new doggie home, take some time to get organized.
- The leash, collar and waste disposal bags. Choose an area of your home where your pet’s leash can live. Hopefully you’ve got some space in the top of a closet or a storage area shelf, but if leaving your dog’s leash by the back door works better for you, then you’ll need a trip to your local hardware store or Home Depot for a sturdy hook or two.
Organizing your scarves is something you’ve always meant to do? Here’s some motivation: Another name for this post could be, “How to reclaim your scarf drawer.”
Do you have a ton of scarves? Each has a story, right? This one I got that time I went shopping with my friend from college. This one I wear for the holidays.
The point is: how do you keep them all organized?
If you have a large assortment,