Sep 2010 – Decluttering Newsletter

It’s finally Spring, which often means spring cleaning, and it’s also the perfect time to declutter in readiness for those lovely long lazy Summer days. Whether you’re simply decluttering a few cupboards, an entire room, or maybe you’re contemplating downsizing your home – hopefully my tips below will help with the process.

How to downsize without stress

Downsizing is certainly a challenge, and can be an exercise in frustration and heartbreak if you’re trying to squish a large 3 or 4 bedroom home into a lovely old bungalow of just 2 bedrooms, or into a modern city apartment. Here are some suggestions that may ease the way for you:

  • You’ll need to create a good plan defining exactly what you’re going to take with you to the new abode, bearing in mind that there will need to be some culling.
  • If you are downsizing permanently, I suggest that you won’t need a storage unit for any furniture that won’t fit into the new home. Storage units really should be a temporary solution and are ideal if you’re only downsizing temporarily and know you’re going to use everything you’ve stored when you move back into larger premises.
  • It will come down to ‘letting go’ of lots of stuff that you’ve probably held onto forever. It’s not an easy process, but it is very worthwhile. Letting go can be an emotional journey so do allow yourself plenty of time to sit with objects, cherish the memories that come up, and then ask yourself if you really will use or need that object again. Perhaps you can let it go with love, and pass it on to someone else who will delight in it.
  • I suggested to one of my clients going through this dilemma to pack up those items she was unsure of into a few boxes [she uses banana boxes, but you can also use plastic containers]. The boxes went into storage for a period of six months, after which she was able to make a much quicker decision on everything she’d stored away because she’d been distanced from her possessions. And she realised she’d lived without all those items for six months so she probably didn’t need them anyway.
  • Here are some clues on items you can usually cull: no longer worn items in your wardrobe, books, CDs, kitchen equipment that you never use [and look for any double ups as well], and you’ll probably also find you have far too much crockery, glasses and such like.

And for a new experience…

I love healing treatments and I’ve enjoyed several different types over the years. This month I experienced a new one called Jin Shin Jyutsu. Adriane Hartigan, who brought the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu to New Zealand 18 years ago, provided me with a beautiful healing session at a time when I was trying to shake a nasty little head cold. Jin Shin Jyutsu is a profound, deeply relaxing and rejuvenating healing art born in Japan. The practitioner applies hands-on sequences to restore emotional equilibrium, relieve pain and release the cause of both acute and chronic conditions. Adriane can be contacted at Takapuna’s wonderful new clinic “Global Health Clinics” – a truly holistic health centre. There are several practitioners operating out of this clinic each providing a different modality. Take a look at their website: www.globalhealthclinics.co.nz

And if you are thinking of downsizing, please feel free to give me a call. I’d be happy to give you further ideas on how to make the process as painless as possible.

In Joy!

Angella Gilbert

P: 09 410 4166
M: 027 224 8937
E: angella@gioia.net.nz
W: www.gioia.net.nz

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