Moving: Wrong Way or Right Way?

 

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Not all moves are created equal.  Sometimes a move is the result of a happy occurrence and sometimes not.  Some moves are long in the planning and some must happen rather abruptly. Often moves are handled from start to finish by professionals, but others involve significant personal effort.  Regardless of the impetus for your move or its practical aspects, the move will be smoother and settling into the new quarters will be enhanced, if you follow a few principles, collectively called “rightsizing”.

Rightsizing is a framework for thoughtfully examining how you want to live your life and for identifying which possessions will best feather your new nest. Rightsizing appreciates both the importance of practical necessities and the desire for treasured keepsakes.

In a nutshell, rightsizing is the critically important precursor to packing to move and getting organized in your new home. When you examine your life and all your stuff and are honest about what works and what doesn’t, you’re on the rightsizing path.  When you ask and answer tough questions about why you’re hanging on to mountains of clutter, you’re rightsizing.  When you do the math and admit that 5000 square feet of stuff won’t work in a 2000 square foot house, you’re rightsizing.  When you deal with the psychology of clutter BEFORE you begin to pack, this is rightsizing.

Boxes, packing paper and bubble wrap are important but stocking up on these supplies should follow the soul-searching that rightsizing elicits, not precede it. Rightsizing is a way to rescue you from being a prisoner of your things when you settle into your new space.

If thoughtful decision-making is so important, what is the proper framework for dealing with your possessions in anticipation of a move?

Here are several possibilities:

Does the utility or joy derived from the item exceed the space it consumes and the maintenance it requires?

Am I holding on to this item only from a sense of obligation, sadness or guilt?

If I’ve ascribed great value to this item, am I curating it in a fashion consistent with that value?

The emotional barriers to rightsizing are usually far more challenging than the physical ones.  Once the self-examination has been done, the nuts and bolts of packing are relatively simple.  Rather than feeling totally overwhelmed by the magnitude of the process (which only invites procrastination), a move that STARTS with rightsizing can be seamless and successful, not only in the short run but for the long haul too.

When you rightsize, you will have already formulated priorities, explored options for putting treasured possessions front and center and found creative solutions for disposing of those things that no longer make sense in your life.

If you are open to the possibilities, you’ll discover that change can be liberating and energizing.  So if a move is in your future, consider doing it the right (sized) way!

– By Robin McCoy

 

 


Tidying Up the Japanese Way

If you haven’t already read this book,

it might be one you want to consider reading for the new year.

 

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20 Organizing Tips from:  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing  By Marie Kondo

 

1. Start by discarding.  But rather than choosing what to get rid of, choose what to keep.

2. Keep only things you love and use.

3. Do aim for perfection.  Decide whether to dispose of an item and if keeping, where to put it.  If you can do this with everything in your house, you’ll have achieved perfection.

4. Tidying is just a tool, not the ultimate goal.  The real goal is to create an environment that allows you to have the lifestyle you want.

5. Clever storage is akin to hoarding.  Using container, bins, and hangers to maximize space makes for temporary organization and the illusion that clutter has been banished.  What happens when the storage bins and hangers are once again full to overflowing?  What happens when you have to be an origami master to put the items back into the container so the lid closes? The first step must be discarding- keeping only what we really want, need and love.

6. Start with an easy category.  Clothes are easy.  Books next. Papers are harder.  Photos and memorabilia are the hardest.

7. Do not consider putting things away until the process of discarding has been completed.  Do not buy a single organizing supply until discarding is completed.

8. Visualize your space clutter- free.

9. When sorting into “keep” or “discard” piles, handle each item asking yourself if it brings you joy.  The ultimate point of tidying is to bring us happiness.  Does wearing that sweater bring pleasure?  Do the piles of unread books and magazines spark joy or guilt?  Do the toys and craft supplies bring calm or chaos?

10. Quietly dealing with your own excesses is the best way to encourage your family to embrace tidying.  Lead by example and usually the most reluctant tidier will come along.

11. Purge all paper that is not absolutely essential.  Warranties and manuals are available online.  Most financial statements are too.  Greeting cards- birthday, Christmas, Valentines- do you really want to keep these or do you just feel guilty about letting them go.  It’s the sentiment that mattered- not the printed paper.

12. “Just because” is not a good reason to keep something.  “I might need it one day.” isn’t either.  We are awash in odds and ends, knickknacks, mismatched socks, cords without a device and the like.  If you don’t love it and use it, let it go.

13. Don’t stockpile.  The big box store and super sized packages might work in institutional settings, but your home is not in institution.

14. Paring down your things lets you have a better relationship with the things you keep.  You know where they are.  They are properly stored.  And most importantly, they spark joy when you use them.

15. Identify a place for everything.  If you’ve done a good job of discarding, finding the right place for the keepers is easy.  Store all like items in the same place.  For individuals living alone, this is pretty simple.  For families, create a separate storage space for each family member.  For shared items, make sure everyone has equal access to these things.

16. Clutter results when things are not put back where they belong.  Make it easy to put things away and clutter will no longer be a problem.

17. Think vertical for storage- like books on a bookshelf.  This eliminates the problems caused by stacking (horizontal storage)- namely the inaccessibility of the items on the bottom.  If it’s hard to put something away, you probably won’t.

18. Empty your pockets, wallet, purse, backpack- whatever, frequently.  You’ll be surprised as how much clutter accumulates in these places.  And that clutter obscures the necessary.

19. Appreciate your belongings.  Treat them kindly and they will return the favor.   Send unwanted and unneeded things on a journey where they will bring joy to the new owner.

20. Letting go of things is more satisfying that adding new ones.  When you tidy your possessions, you restore balance to your home and that translates into balance in your life.  A home “de-tox” also detoxes the body and the mind.  There is a limit to how much we can truly cherish and appreciate. When you’ve surpassed that limit, more things restrict happiness.

 

Additional information:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/23/garden/home-organization-advice-from-marie-kondo.html?_r=0

http://www.amazon.com/The-Life-Changing-Magic-Tidying-Decluttering/dp/1607747308


2015 Pantry Cleanse

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PRESENT A FREE PANTRY CLEANSE GIVE-A-WAY!

January 5-18th

Simplicity organizers and The Whole Tulip are partnering together help take the overwhelm out of pantry disorganization.

The New Year is all about clearing out the old to make room for the new! It’s time for a fresh start with our pantry cleanse. 

 

Consider signing up to win this free pantry cleanse give-a-way!

To enter contest and for more details click here.

The Pantry Cleanse Process:

  • Simplicity will assess your current pantry and take before pictures.
  • Simplicity will help you sort, purge, and organize your pantry to create new systems.
  • The Whole Tulip will assess your current food categories and offer healthy alternatives.
  • The Whole Tulip will create a customized food and snack list.
  • Simplicity will come back and rightsize the pantry based off your new pantry stock and take after pictures.

 

What you can expect:

  • You may need to purchase organizational supplies in order to create a new organizational system in your pantry.
  • You may want purchase new healthy foods and snacks.
  • You will be asked to write one blog on your experience with Simplicity and The Whole Tulip, which will include before and after pictures.
  • You will experience vulnerability and change!

 

Guidelines

  • All entries are due by Sunday, January 18th
  • The winner will be announced on Wednesday, January 21st

 

To celebrate the partnership between the Whole Tulip and Simplicity Organizers, you will receive 20% off if you book both services and mention the code PANTRYCLEANSE in the month of February!