Your Natural Declutter Method?

Declutter Methods

No one needs strategies on how to acquire stuff but we are always looking for help on how to organize and get rid of stuff. The minimalism trend has strongly influenced the most popular methods that you may have tried or heard of. Some are more practical than others. There are probably one or two that you find “natural” for your personality and lifestyle. Here are three of the most famous ones.

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Retire – Downsize – Solitude

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Squeezing many tasks into a tight schedule at retirement can carry over into the post-retirement period. It is not unusual to spend a great a deal of time and energy after a downsizing move to get set up in the next location. Taking a tourist vacation in the middle of this may be a change of scene but it is not always a change of pace. This might be the time to insert a complete break from activity along with some peaceful solitude. Here’s why.

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Clutter? Use the Salami Approach

Salami

Living in one place for years usually leads to annual increases in the amount of stuff in the home. Even if only a small amount could be called “clutter”, year-by-year growth can gradually amass an imposing pile to deal with. Here is a simple approach to handling it.

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What’s after Stuffocation?

Family room and stuff

Author James Wallman takes readers beyond the typical “how to declutter” approach in handling our stuff and our life to something deeper and more life-changing. This post includes a short video of Wallman along with his suggestion on how to increase our happiness while downsizing our stuff and lifestyle.

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When is Downsizing Over?

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Getting riding of stuff goes hand-in-hand with downsizing your home. After the move is done and you’re in your new place, is it over? Nope. Usually, it goes on after you discover you have more stuff and less space than you thought.

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Beyond Clutter to the Other Side

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This video advice from a professional teacher and organizer goes beyond the typical suggestions on physical clutter. You will gain insights into digital, mental, emotional, and spiritual clutter as well. You will discover the common theme that all forms of clutter share.

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Retire – Downsize – Read

Books in a basket

Avid readers who are on the threshold of retiring are very enthusiastic about their upcoming retirement. They have a backlog of books to start or finish and lists of authors to explore. Pleasant anticipation seems to be their primary emotion. Here are some thoughts for retiring book fans on Reading Time, Space and Location.

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Downsizing is Freedom

Freedom - Picking-flowers
Downsizing represents freedom to most people who are doing so by choice since they have fewer demands on their time and money related to their current home. It opens the door to things they have wanted to do for years that have been “bottled up”.
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A Retirement Home is a Problem Solver

Deckchair at a retirement home
It is very common to consider a retirement home lifestyle as a means of solving difficult situations arising from living in a traditional home. This might be the result of a sudden change in one’s life or a gradual shift in day-to-day living that is finally recognized. Here is a list of typical problems that others have experienced along with the solutions they enjoyed by moving to a retirement home. (With videos.)
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