makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems
to be only one of the instruments, not the composer.
- Geoffrey B. Charlesworth
is nothing quite like spring for motivation to start fresh, clean
house and embrace change. For seniors transitioning to retirement
communities, spring is the perfect time to begin the de-cluttering
and organizing process in preparation for the upcoming move. The
resulting freedom from unwanted stuff allows many seniors
more time and energy to pursue personal hobbies, passions and interests
in their new retirement community.
where to start? The accumulation of a lifetime can be a bit overwhelming.
Sometimes a simple rule of thumb can make the process easier. For
most items, the 12 month rule applies:
clothing item which has not been worn in 12 months, and is not a
special occasion piece, may be donated, given to friends or discarded.
spice more than 12 months old should be discarded.
kitchen item not used in 12 months may be donated or discarded.
hazardous materials (chemicals, pesticides, paints) not used in
the last 12 months should be dropped off at the local hazardous
waist disposal site.
most movers will not transport these items!
monthly paperwork (utilities, receipts, etc) may be sorted into
a 12 month accordion file and purged on a rotation basis. Remember
to shred all paperwork before discarding!
not used in 12 months may be donated to your favorite local charity.
and memorabilia not viewed in the last 12 months should be sorted
and stored in acid free photo boxes or other safe storage to preserve
for future viewing.
the best rule when sorting and de-cluttering? Handle each item only
once! Decide to keep, donate or discard and then follow through
on your decision.
Start Transitions, LLC
Organizers Move Managers Home Stagers Age In
National Association of Senior Move Managers - www.nasmm.com