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Mission: Organization

Spring is the perfect time to clear the clutter, especially if you’re planning to move to Oak Crest

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March 22nd, 2018
Ashley Ruth is the personal moving consultant for Erickson Realty and Moving Services. She provides complimentary coordination of all realty and moving needs, including downsizing, home staging, packing, and selection of a real estate professional.

Ashley Ruth, personal moving consultant for Erickson Realty and Moving Services.

It’s spring! The flowers are blooming. The birds are singing. The attic is waiting.

Yes, that’s right. The attic you have been avoiding for the last decade stuffed with “things” from the last 30-or-more years is calling your name.

More and more, seniors are tackling the job of downsizing their living spaces. This spring, while you’re cleaning your windows and packing away your winter clothes, it’s also a good time to go through those boxes stored away in your attic and get organized.

But where do you start?

As Oak Crest’s personal moving consultant, Ashley Ruth hears this very question quite frequently. And as an expert in helping seniors move from homes they’ve lived in for many years, she has some tips to help you get started.

Start small

As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day. The key is to start small. Then, whether you plan on downsizing to a more manageable home some day, relocating to a retirement community like Oak Crest, or retiring and traveling abroad, the hard work will already be behind you.

Plan to spend only one hour each day going through your belongings. Sorting through stacks of boxes can be stressful and emotional, so don’t overdo it.

Stay organized

Stay organized by sorting things into five groups: items to keep, items to be sold, items for charity, items for family members, items to throw out.

As you box up things, make a running list to post on the outside of the box so you know exactly what’s inside without opening it and removing the contents.

Create a floor plan

Deciding what to keep can be a challenge. If you already have plans to move, it’s helpful to get a floor plan of your new space with measurements of each room. This will help you determine what you can comfortably fit. If you’re moving to Oak Crest, Ruth can provide assistance here; arranging spaces is her specialty.

If you can’t decide what to do with an item, set it aside until you can give it further thought.

Sell some items

Arrange for an estate sales agent to hold a sale for those items you would like to sell. Or try selling items on eBay or through local consignment shops where they sell your items and you receive a percentage of the sold price.

Keep heirlooms in the family

Make a list of all the heirlooms and items you would like to stay in the family. Send each family member a list asking them to mark which items they would be interested in and send it back to you. Then organize a family get-together so you can distribute your things. Be sure to share your memories before giving them the item so they know and understand its importance. This will make them appreciate your generosity even more.

Take it slow

Dispose of items gradually each time you determine which items to throw out. This way you’re not overwhelmed with bags of trash to remove all at once.

Make a photo album

Take pictures of important things you will leave behind. This might make the letting go process much easier.

Remember why you’re organizing

The goal is to simplify your life. So whether you’re just toying with the idea of downsizing or ready to box up everything and hit the road, getting a head start on organizing will pay off in the long run.

Utilize Erickson Realty and Moving Services

And if after all that spring cleaning, you’re ready to move to Oak Crest, Ruth can help simplify every aspect of your move. She will introduce you to the network of Erickson Living-preferred real estate agents and movers who have helped hundreds of people relocate to Oak Crest, and she will assess your needs to make your move to Oak Crest effortless and stress-free.