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Topic 5 - Posted April 2, 2018


De-cluttering basics and preparing to make the big move by Lindsey Bartelt

What are you waiting for? The time is now to start your de-cluttering journey. Chances are you have been avoiding this tedious task, however, it is important to remember that it better to start now than to be unprepared later.  The most common statement we hear when the word “de-clutter” comes up is “I don’t know where to start.” Luckily, there are a few simple steps that you can check off your list to start preparing for a move.

  • Keep the Task Simple: When you start this task, try to keep reminding yourself that you are not trying to get everything in tip top shape; you are trying to get rid of the possessions that you do not need. Try getting rid of those clothes that you have not worn in the last year, go through the drawer that have miscellaneous things that you have been saving for no reason and, ask yourself, do you really need the 30 coffee cups in the cabinet?
  • Start Small: One of the biggest mistakes you could make when you start to de-clutter is to start going through sentimental items that make you ask the questions, “What am I going to do with this in my new home?  What will my kids/family do with these items when I am gone? Should I keep it?” Start with the items that will help motivate you to keep going (pens, linens, pots/pans, old files etc). We all know that if you read that letter from an old crush, you will be driving down nostalgia lane and nothing will get done.
  • Ask yourself 2 easy questions: Do I love this? Do I NEED this?
  • Tackle categories, NOT rooms: When researching de-cluttering, I found some really noteworthy tips from Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.”  For example, if you start with your book collection, make sure that you go through ALL of your books. We are all guilty of starting with something, putting a few items in a box, brining other items to a different room, and holding on to a book that we know we will never read again. Give yourself two options: keep it or donate it. You will be surprised at how empowered you will feel and how productive you become.


Remember, it is a process and de-cluttering will take time. The best part is being proactive and prepared. That way, when you are ready to take the leap and move to St. Camillus, you will not be rushing or stressed to organize your home. At St. Camillus, we have assigned Senior Living Specialists that are able to guide you through the process of moving and provide a transition consultation. We can help you develop a customized moving plan, provide downsizing materials, and assist in floor plan layout and design. Furthermore, we are able to provide an excelled referral list for resources such as: realtors, estate sales, movers, cleaning services, junk removal and donation options. If you have any questions, please contact the Marketing and Admissions office at 414-259-6310.

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