Avoiding Overwhelm- Sell or Keep?

Avoiding Overwhelm- Sell or Keep?

f you’re facing a move into a smaller house or apartment, you may wonder how to downsize your belongings. After all, you or your family have likely been collecting things — from knickknacks and hobby items to books and artwork — most of your adult life. When you’re standing in a full house, it’s difficult to know where to start.

That’s the primary reason to hire help. At Art of Downsizing, we specialize in just these sorts of problems. We’ll show you how to rightsize your belongings, no matter how drastic your move is. Rightsizing is an art and a science, and our “on-the-job training” may be just the ticket to get you on track to conscious, streamlined living.

5 Ways to Remember Mom Without Keeping All Her Stuff

5 Ways to Remember Mom Without Keeping All Her Stuff

Letting go is never easy. When you lose someone close to you, even the smallest item can become a relic of a life that touched you. So you may hang on to it as something too precious to let go. When it’s your mother who’s passed, the emotions — and sentimental attachments — can become even stronger.

When it’s necessary to clear out mom’s stuff, especially while you’re still grieving, you may feel the urge to save everything. Instead, with the help of someone you trust, pick just those select few things that keep her close to your heart without filling boxes that inevitably collect dust or will be left to your children to figure out what to do with.

Remember, just because you’re clearing out mom’s stuff, and making room for the new, it doesn’t mean that you love her any less. It doesn’t mean you’ll miss her less. It means you see value in letting go. Perhaps you can find some better ways to remember the mom you love than storing her wedding gown in your attic for another 20 years,  or cramming her linens in the back of your hall closet just in case you need them, when paper napkins really make more sense.

How to Let It Go Without Having a Meltdown

How to Let It Go Without Having a Meltdown

Clearing out a friend or family’s belongings can be a true act of love, often harder than wading through your own personal pile — although neither task is easy. Most  of us experience a flood of emotions when confronted with certain objects that trigger memories or tie us to someone. Lord help those of us who can’t even get started. I don’t know about you, but few of us have weeks or months to properly go through a lifetime of belongings, let alone doing it on our own.

Getting help with the process can free you up to appreciate yourself and your loved one. When choosing qualified downsizing services, such as Art of Downsizing, you will receive the gentle nudging you need. If you’re the hands-on type, we’re there to help you get started, get organized and follow through to complete the project. If you’re hands-off, we respect your pace and take care of details  from the sidelines.