I am finding articles about downsizing in retirement to be a previously unexplored resource for decluttering inspiration. Most of the blogs I read on a daily basis are about young people (20 somethings), and some (although rarer) are families. I don’t follow any blogs about retirement, but I have been finding a number of articles from news sources, and most of the concepts apply equally as well to those of us that haven’t reached retirement age. I hope you are finding these as useful as I am.
Today’s article is by Amy Osmond Cook, Ph.D. and is shared through The Orange County Register. Five tips to help your loved ones pare down their belongings
One of the biggest challenges in the decluttering process is to get family members on board. This article discusses helping your retired parents downsize, but the tips can also apply when asking your family to participate in your decluttering efforts.
- Put safety first
- Find support
- Take it slow
- Put it in a box
- Share heirlooms with those who want them
I have trouble picking a favorite tip from this list. You should head over to the article and read the full description of all the items in the list and they are well thought out and help put this ideas into perspective. If you need support or need someone to talk to, I offer Clutter Coaching, and I love helping people establish a declutter plan and then following through with the emotional support that goes along with the process. I also like the put it in a box tip, as that’s my favorite way to organize while decluttering. Amy mentions a fourth box that I like to call “undecided”. It’s ok to have a box of undecided that you revisit after you get some practice letting go of things.