Stacks of old photographs, clothing that no longer fits, piles of old tools, the children’s art projects from grade school. These items are often kept with the idea that “someday I may want these again.” And oftentimes these items spill over into multiple areas of the home.
However what happens when “someday” never comes, and those stacks of things are actually more of a problem than a benefit? For Texas seniors who’ve gathered a lifetime of keepsakes, it can seem impossible to tackle the work of determining what to do with everything through the entire downsizing process that many older persons experience in later years.
When trying to determine what to keep, repurpose, give away or throw away, ask yourself this simple question for each item: “Does it spark joy?” This tactic, based on the method in Marie Kondo’s book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” permits considerable decluttering along with an opportunity to revisit the past and come to peace with it. This process can be difficult or even emotional, but the end result is liberating.
A general change in mindset can certainly make a significant difference between the difficulty of downsizing and the convenience of making sure an older adult’s home is well organized. An expression has even been coined in order to replace the negative connotations of “downsizing”: “rightsizing”. “Rightsizing” is used as a way to celebrate changes in the next life phase by making one’s living environment better suited for that phase of life. It places the emphasis on treasuring those items being kept, instead of on the loss of items that may, in reality, have simply been accumulating dust.
Heaven at Home Senior Care of Denton, TX is available to help with home organization projects, and can coordinate larger scale work such as removal of home furniture along with other large items. Our warm and friendly companions are also on hand to share in reminiscing over beloved treasures, going through picture albums, and being attentive as the senior shares life stories, in addition to hands-on assistance with the “rightsizing” project itself. Call us at (940) 432-5670 for assistance.