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Three downsizing tasks that take 30 minutes or less

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July 31st, 2017

Making progress toward a simplified, clutter-free life doesn’t have to wipe an entire day off your schedule—or wipe you out in the process. 

Laurie Williamson, personal moving consultant for people moving to Seabrook, the Erickson Living community in Tinton Falls, N.J., shares three downsizing and decluttering tasks that take 30 minutes or less. 

1. Condense your closet. Set your timer for 30 minutes and tackle one drawer or rack at a time. Place two bins or bags by your side. Place clothes in good repair that you no longer wear or that don’t fit in one (to donate or consign) and worn-out or dated items in the other (to toss in a textile recycling bin).

2. Purge old linens. Is your linen closet overstuffed with old sheets and towels you intended to use as drop cloths and rags? If you’ve been accumulating new linens but not purging the old ones, set that timer for 30 minutes and sort out your least favorite, mismatched, misfit, frayed, or stained household linens. Place them in a bag and take them to a textile recycling bin in your area. 

3. Clean out everything under the kitchen sink. The cabinet under the kitchen sink tends to become a storehouse for cleaning products, plastic grocery bags, tools, and other random supplies. First, remove everything and give the cabinet a good cleaning. Next, sort out supplies you actually use and that are full and not expired. Return tools and other items to their proper storage place. If you’re moving soon, ditch all cleaning products and start fresh soon after you settle in or pack them carefully in a way that they won’t spill during transit. 

“By carving out bite-sized, clearly defined tasks, you can get rid of things you no longer need or use without getting overwhelmed,” says Williamson, who provides complimentary coordination of all realty and moving needs, including downsizing, home staging, packing, and selection of a real estate professional to those moving to Seabrook.