by Kathleen Bresnahan-Dewar
Floating in a sea of stuff
It’s no surprise many Americans continue to list becoming more organized as a goal. Publications, television and cable shows, blogs and social media sites constantly promote ideas to help improve organizational habits. Here are two local ladies who assist with managing the clutter.
Karen Lucas, Owner of Your Personal Organizer and Marian Kandik, Owner of The Moving Concierge, Ltd. each bring significant professional and personal experiences to help simplify and streamline the process of eliminating clutter and downsizing. Both companies specialize in services to help the older population and busy families as they reorganize items used in daily living.
Your Personal Organizer specializes in providing organizational services to help eliminate the anxiety and emotions from making decisions about what to keep and what to let go “Professional organizers teach people how to change their approach and live in a more organized fashion,” stated Lucas “parting with things is very emotional for people, I believe Americans have a fascination with having too many things, which creates problems for people.”
From start to finish
To help people throughout the moving process with varying levels of assistance and minimal upheaval, The Moving Concierge offers a service that allows clients to pick and choose services based on their individual situation and need. “We are here to ease the stress of your move,” states Kandik, whose business was inspired by and grew, in part, from helping to manage the life transitions of aging family members and a career change which created a desire to do something that helped people by putting her professional experiences as an operations auditor at a freight company to work for those who need assistance with moving.
Both Kandik and Lucas agree, “with aging demographics, the need is big for help organizing all the items collected over a lifetime,” shares Lucas. The baby boomer population is enjoying retirement and a variety of housing options. Kandik points out, “This generation has realized we do not need to hold on to a house forever and are more likely to move to a senior community where there are lots of activities to keep people moving and young. Moving and organizing go hand in hand. “It’s always fun to work with someone who is interested in learning new methods to organize. It’s all learnable…but one needs to be motivated to want to organize,” says Lucas.
Lucas offers these’ tips:
Decide what you no longer want or need. Start with the “low hanging fruit”- things that don’t fit, aren’t your style, or you’ve never worn, gifts that you never used, anything expired, paperwork not needed for accounting purposes, etc. Let it go and feel good about it!
Go through your house room by room, check drawers, closets and the garage searching for things you no longer use, need or love. Create a staging area where you can temporarily store all of these things. Reflect on whether each item fits your current life – allow yourself to feel the lightness as you let things go.
Sort into piles all of the things in your staging area. Determine what you want to recycle, give away, throw out, send to your favorite charities or sell or send to a consignment shop.
The final step is to box or bag up all of these things up and take the items to their designated destinations, knowing that many things will find new homes. Step back and enjoy your new space, filled only with items you truly use, need and love!
Pack your bed linens in a dresser drawer, so if nothing gets unpacked that first day, at least you can make up your bed and get a good night’s rest before attacking boxes the following day.
It’s never too early to start the moving process by downsizing. Start small, a room, a closet, drawers in a chest or table whatever is comfortable for you. When moving day gets closer; gather what you will be taking with you in your car (important papers, medications, small items of great value (jewelry etc.), suitcase and a “survival kit”. Make sure these are out of the home before the movers arrive so it doesn’t get packed in the truck.
When interviewing realtors, ask them for advice on what is worth moving and what isn’t.