Alaska Senior

An Alaska Senior Guide to Decluttering

If you’re an Alaska Senior and approaching the decision to potentially down size your living space and move into a senior living community in Alaska or the surrounding Houston area, here are some great tips to make room for all the right things in your new home.

If you really took inventory of all of your current possessions, being honest with yourself, you could probably say that many of the things you have accumulated over the years don’t really add value to your life. Rather, they drown out many of the things that truly are important to you. Or you might have a number of things sitting in storage. Chances are if you had them in storage, at this point you will most certainly need to keep them in storage if you are downsizing.

Downsizing is one of the greatest ways many people uncover hidden valuable resources that can be liquidated to offset the cost of senior living. Whether you end up keeping items or not, it would be a wise decision to gather up an accurate inventory list of all your possessions and begin to assess their value.

Create and delegate your undecided pile

It is likely that the items that you can’t decide whether or not to keep will outnumber the ones that you can. Friends and even family members don’t usually have the same emotional attachment to possessions as you do. Bring someone in who you trust to help you make the decision on whether to keep or get rid of you’re undecided items. If you don’t want to put this responsibility on someone you know, there are a number of professional evaluators that can help you determine the value of the items in question and help you decide whether or not they are worth keeping.

Follow the clear intention rule.

A great way to decide whether not to keep something is to assign it a purpose. If the item you are looking at is going to serve a clear and important purpose to you then it would be worth keeping. Just be careful not to justify everything. Only keep it if you have a clear intention for its future use over the next month.

If you haven’t used it lose it.

Some positions are intentionally kept his other keepsakes or items that you’re holding onto for future selling. Everything else that you haven’t seen, touched, are used within the last year, get rid of it.

Frame it.

Frames are the perfect tool to display cherish memories and keepsakes without having to put them in a box or losing them in storage.

Five quick decluttering tips for Alaska seniors

  1. Do a little bit at a time.
  2. Label all of your items as either keep, donate, sell, recycle, or trash
  3. Give yourself a realistic amount of time to finish your project. Don’t expect to declutter your entire home in just a few days. Pace yourself, but don’t use that as an excuse to put it off.
  4. Don’t multitask, but rather finish one area completely for moving on to another room or space.
  5. Finally, don’t do any decluttering when you’re tired or hungry.