Ditch the Clutter and Downsize Your Life

by Mary on March 17th, 2017

Most people downsize when they approach retirement age, especially if they’re going to move into an apartment or condo. This is a time to let go of “stuff,” not just because you don’t have the space physically, but also because it clears some mental space.

If you’re like most people, you are attached to pictures, clothes, knickknacks and other things from your life. True, there are those things that you’ll hold onto no matter what: baby pictures of your kids and grandkids, childhood art projects, irreplaceable family heirlooms. But for the myriad of other effects just taking up space, the benefits of saying goodbye far outweigh any possible negatives.

When You Move

When you move you enter a whole new adventure – new space, new neighbors, new opportunities. Transitioning into retirement is a new page in and of itself. So, why not start fresh with your belongings? Round up those things that mean the world to you, the things you’d try your hardest to save in a fire. Take those and ONLY those with you to the new place. Everything else can be donated, given to family or friends, or recycled. When you live in a cleaner, tidier space, you live a cleaner, tidier life.

There are ways to move more stuff with you without taking up the corresponding space. The trick is to shrink and repurpose as you go. Digitize your photo albums and put them in online storage or on a flash drive. Invest in vacuum-sealed bags for generations-old quilts. Transition favorite t-shirts into a soft blanket for your living room. Collect bottle caps or wine corks? Turn them into trivets or coffee-table covers. Whatever you want to save, see if there’s a way to do it without keeping the clutter!

When you get rid of the clutter, you make room for new memories and new beginnings. And you gain the inner peace that comes with tidy spaces.

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