Today, I have the privilege of hosting Moreen Thorpy, De-Clutter Coach, Professional Organizer, Author and Speaker. Her BOOK is an excellent resource for anyone who is contemplating or is getting ready for downsizing, moving and settling in.
Enjoy Moreen’s post:
Downsizing and Minimalism
I must confess that during the extreme downsizing I did several months ago, minimalism was no-where on my radar. However in recent weeks, I’ve discovered this interesting new way to live. And it’s not as extreme as the name implies.
Just to clarify, I subscribe to minimalism as a means to an end—how to live simply with only what I absolutely need in my life. It’s making my life so much easier as there’s less maintenance required for what I do have. Living in a tiny apartment has significantly reduced the cleaning to be done (my least favorite activity). Fewer rooms, less to clean! Enough clothing so I can change often but my closet isn’t stretching beyond its boundaries.
Minimalism is about letting go of the unnecessary so the necessary has more space. Now I must admit that unlike some other minimalists, I do need my car, computer, some creature comforts such as artwork and beauty around me. At this point, my “garden” lives in pots on my balcony, and that’s good too. Very little weeding to do! And I might even harvest a few tomatoes this summer!
Back to letting go. Call it downsizing if you like, they’re the same thing. At some point in life, most of us will have to downsize whether because we’re empty nesters or our health has failed. Some of us get this out of the way before it becomes necessary. I recommend taking care of this ourselves over waiting until we can’t make our own decisions about what happens to our belongings.
By initiating our own downsizing or right-sizing, we can decide who gets which of our treasured items. Of course we all have treasures of some sort whether family heirlooms, a special piece of jewelry or even drawings done by little Johnny when he was aged 3. Wouldn’t it be better to take care of the distribution ourselves? I think so.
Decide which of your belongings you simply can’t live without then invite family and friends to tell you what they’d like so there are no disagreements later. If it happens that more than one person wants an item, they could draw straws or create another simple contest. Decide ahead of time if the winner will be the one who succeeds or the one who doesn’t provide the right answer. This is a bit of a twist on the long straw winning or the correct answer winning. Why not give this a try?
Once that’s been done let the remainder go to charity or sell it. You’re on your way to the minimalist lifestyle now! How does this feel? Please join the conversation in the comments section below? I’d love to hear from you.
© 2014 Moreen Torpy
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Moreen Torpy is the De-Clutter Coach, a Professional Organizer, Author, and Speaker. Her new book is Going Forward: Downsizing, Moving and Settling In. See http://GoForwardDownsize.com for more about the book and http://decluttercoach.ca to learn about her organizing services and other books.
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