Another holiday season is coming to an end. Can you believe it? The festivities are winding down and it’s time to gear up for a New Year. However, an important holiday task still lies ahead. It’s time to put away all the decorations. Now is your chance to review what you have, get rid of what you didn’t use and most likely will not use in the future. Then you can organize it all to make decorating next holiday season a breeze.
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.