Downsizers need to prepare to declutter ahead of big move
Decluttering and downsizing can be an exciting and extremely rewarding process, although it can also be a daunting one as the first question often asked is: where do I start?
Task Tamers founder Karen Morgan, who had some handy tips for Brisbane seniors at Fancutts Retirement Living’s free Retire Ready information session last month, said the key was in the way people approached the task.
Ms Morgan said downsizing represented an exciting new phase of life and it was important to keep that in mind when tackling clutter.
“There are often a lot of memories attached to things that have been collected over the years,” she said. “For every item, we ask our clients: ‘Do you use this, love it and need it?’.”
Ms Morgan said Task Tamers’ “3Ts” method divided items into three categories – treasures, transit and trash.
“Treasures are those items that are non-negotiable such as family photos or a favourite armchair,” she said.
“Transit items might be given to family members or be sold, and trash was of no use to anyone anymore.
“But we also advise people to start easy – limit themselves to one room or one drawer – use notes or labels, and have goals.”
RetireAustralia senior development manager Judi Hutchison said the Fancutts Retirement Living Retire Ready series gave seniors and their families access to a range of experts and information when looking at options for retirement living.
“We hope to demystify the buying process of retirement living while helping seniors find the home and lifestyle that’s right,” she said.
Fancutts Retirement Living is a world-class vertical retirement village at Lutwyche.