12 Items To Help You Organize Or Downsize

Dated: December 15 2015

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I've lived in Nyack for more years than I've lived anywhere during my life. I've moved 14 times and each time I swear I'm going to get rid of stuff. So far I've only been able to really do that once, but it remains a goal! AARP has published a list of 12 things to get rid of when retiring or downsizing. And here they are:

1. Debt (a good idea for everyone at any time)

2. Clothes -- how many of us have closets and dressers crammed with clothes we no longer wear? Donate to charity or sell them at a yard sale or on line.

3. Anything in an off-site storage location. If you haven't needed it in the years it has been in storage, it's probably reality that you don't need to continue paying to keep it.

4. Exercise equipment. Most of us use it for an extension of the closet or laundry area. 

5. Kitchen appliances and gadgets. How long has it been since you last used that _________? 

6. Extra cars -- this is such a touchy subject that all I'm going to say is that it helps to move from a gas-guzzler to a more economical car.

7. Childhood memorabilia. Take a picture of it and get rid of it unless it is something that is very near and dear to your heart.

8. Furniture. Too much of it makes your space seem smaller than it is.

9. Books, magazines, CD's, DVD's -- whatever is cluttering up the bookshelves. 

10. Files. Since cleaning out my Mother's house of its mountains of paper and files, I have purged my own files. I wouldn't want to ever put anyone through that exercise on my behalf. 

11. Decorations. Another touchy subject. Suffice it to say that you should keep those that mean something to you and get rid of the rest. I have enough Christmas lights to decorate a small downtown area and haven't had them out in 5 years or more. Really? Doesn't make sense

12. The big house. Keeping a big house when only 1 or 2 people live in it isn't very economical. And it invites visitors and people to ask if they can move in with you. If you get rid of the 11 categories of things above, you can definitely feel great living in a smaller space. And think about the savings not having to heat and cool all that unused space, let alone needing to clean it!

So, enjoy your "purging" activities -- it really is cathartic to get rid of "stuff" that has expanded to fill your available space! 

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Diane Mitchell

I am a Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker and work full time helping people to achieve their dreams of home ownership or their dreams of selling their home or both. I love working with buyers and s....

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