Whether you're downsizing, moving, or just want to declutter, the task of sorting through belongings is a huge undertaking. However, studies have shown that living in an organized space has a positive impact on our lives. A poll taken by AARP revealed that "Most people ages 50 and older want to age in place. Adults ages 65 and older are even more likely to say they want to age in their current home or community than those ages 50 to 64." By reducing clutter, the risk of a fall can be greatly reduced as well as making the home easier to maneuver through in the event a walking aid or other device is later necessary.
Sorting through your possessions now will not only allow you to be more organized, but you can also make decisions regarding what you'd like to leave to certain family members or individuals. Consider explaining your wishes to them so as to avoid future contention. Estate Planning is a great idea to reduce any burden left for your loved ones. Getting this accomplished now will allow you to focus on the things that you enjoy without feeling as though you're putting off something important.
During our lifetime, we accumulate an enormous amount of 'stuff' and just the thought of going through it all can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Knowing that it will take some time and setting up a schedule can help give you a sense of capability. By setting aside a certain amount of time each day or choosing one day a week to work on this project you'll be less likely to feel as though the task has taken over your life. Don't do it alone. Family, friends, or even professionals are great resources.
Designate three piles for your belongings: Keep, Toss, Sell/Donate. Of course there are certain items that you won't want to part with, and that's understandable. Sometimes it's easier to begin by deciding which things you no longer need or use. However you choose to begin, it's always a great time to get started!