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The Benefits of De-cluttering, Re-Organizing, and Rightsizing Your Living Space

When your home is filled with “too much stuff” it creates havoc and chaos in your life subconsciously. It brings stress, unhealthily living conditions, safety issues, and varmints.

Start the New Year with a new outlook and here are some benefits to consider:

- Start with the holiday decorations. How much is enough? Downsize what you have you will save a lot of space. Put in plastic containers and label them.    Donate the excess.

 - If you were to sell your home today and walk into the front door…what do others view?

 - Where is the chaos and clutter in the house? Why is it there? Start there to de-clutter.

 - Make three piles: Have 30 gallon trash bags available. Pile 1- donate (to family or charity); Pile 2- sell or consign, pile 3 – keep. Remove that day donate pile to your car and take it to charity or your families home. Pile 3 the keeps – could you pack it and store it in the garage, basement, or attic for clutter free room? But if you pack it you really need it in your life at all?

- Key words you must tell sue out loud: do these inanimate objects bring you LOVE, JOY AND HAPPINESS?

- Clearing spaces, countertops, drawers, shelving, bookcases, closets, garage, attic, and car will be easier to clean because you now have space and provide more clarity and openness in your life. After inanimate objects are gone you might have a few moments of “the challenge of change pains”, but it leaves quickly.

= Shred and discard documents that are 2009 and older. Don’t need it.

- Get rid of old magazines and newspapers and articles saved because “I might need it”.. there’s the internet today with the world at our fingertips.

- Remove silk and dried arrangements above kitchen cabinets and other high places, probably never cleaned and creates a lot of dust.

 -Go through your spices….anything over a year it has lost its potency.

- Go through your pantry expired foods discard, unwanted and unopened items donate to food banks.

- Old outdated tube TV’s , cable wires, electronics that no longer work recycle and take to Recycle Force off Brookside Dr. (southeast side of Indianapolis)

- Organize Life Documents – put in a three ring binder copies of: will, trust, Power of Attorney, video of household items and who they might go to, deed to your house, mortgage, car title, all your doctors with names and phone numbers, list of medications you take, all insurance companies (homeowners, property, auto, etc), name and phone number of financial planner, list of 401 K/stocks/mutual funds and what company holds those, names of your children or next of kin with address and phone numbers, banks accounts and name and location of bank, list of appraisals of any collection or fine jewelry and more.

- Organize and digitize all family photos….remove pictures from albums and picture frames and have them digitized. Digitize VHS tapes and 8 mm film. Albums take up space. Copies of these family treasures can be given as a holiday, anniversary or birthday gift.

It all takes time and usually takes more time then you think. Write on your calendar time allotted for this rightsizing session to take place once a week or twice a week? Be in control of your destiny and well being.

When you de-clutter and rightsize your home for your needs today you will feel free, more open, and create peace and harmony in your “living space”.

What do you want to work on first?

Adopt us: we are like your "daughter, Mom, or wife"

So many of our clients say to us, gee, we feel like you are our “daughter, Mom, or wife”. We come into your home as strangers and leave as family.

What makes our services and our team unique and special? We give our whole “heart”. We make ourselves available emotionally, physically and mentally to assist in any way we can. If we have to take a short role as one’s daughter, wife or mom” and have those heartfelt conversations about items in your home or memories while downsizing or moving, we step right into that role. We are unique because we are one stop who has all the resources to plan, coordinate, supervise and execute your project whether its rightsizing, de-cluttering, loss of a family member, organizing life documents, and assigning household items to be re-purposed or given to members of the family.

As a senior move manager and professional organizers we act as a coach, mentor, and psychiatrist at times but we actually just listen while we work and hear your stories, tales and adventures.

Our activity in Indianapolis and Hamilton Counties neighborhoods in Indiana take us to lovely families. No house or family is the same even though we still provide the sorting, organizing, discarding, donating, selling unwanted household items, packing, moving and decluttering services. When we work together many say, “My wife” would say that. Or “My daughter” would ask me to go through personal items.

We recently worked with a 91 year old gentleman who we love. He is blind in his center vision. We asked his permission and went to a local organizing store and bought him a canvas shoe holder in natural color that would hang from the shelf so he could see his shoes and wouldn’t have to bend down to the floor. Previously he had two sofas he couldn’t get out of because the seats were too deep. We suggested a love seat sofa with 24” depth he granted us permission and found and delivered one to his new home for an economical price. We hung up his expensive artwork around his 2 bedroom apartment. Move in night we brought in his favorite dinner which is veal piccata and Caesar salad. These are just a few of the little things we do that mean so much to our clients. That’s WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE.

We are open for adoption!

Ways To Sell Household Contents

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Selling items today is tough. As years evolve the “wants” from the public change. Currently most people are still buying the “mid-century modern” type items. The period of the 1960’s that are sleek lines, lighter brown woods, chrome, glass and “modern” looking. The heavy wood furniture from the 70’s to 90’s is now called the “brown furniture” even if it is the “real wood”. The boomers did like the American or Victorian, or English antiques but most of them are changing and moving to the look of “modern” or “contemporary”. You never know what will sell or when it will sell because where are the buyers and where do they look to go buy it? As experience senior move manager and professional organizer we evaluate homes and their contents on a daily basis.

The following are a few places to sell items but you have to mark your items at the right price. The dollar value is all over the board. But please consider if you had something for 10 years or longer and it brought you great pleasure and you and your family spent holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions with those items, then how can you replace the “value” of those joyous occasion. Let the piece go … it….let someone else enjoy it….and make a few bucks.

Auction Houses: Most in the area if you have over $3,000 in value they will pick up and take back to the warehouse and sell to a live bidding and a local city audience. Most auctioneers take 35 to 50% commission based on the value of what is to be sold. Online Auction sites might take 40 to 50% commission and it is conducted online for the world to see. In both situations they group items that are not selling and make it a very affordable deal to purchase so all goes.

Estate Sales- this method is set up in the home and the public comes into the home usually for two to three days of showing. The estate sale company may take 35 to 50% commission plus charge advertising and staffing costs to run the sale. There are always items left over and those are usually donated. Security is something to keep in mind. If the family is still living in the home it becomes a challenge with everything out and on tables, plus it jeopardizes home security.

Facebook and Nextdoor Neighborhood websites have become very active and popular if you want to sell and do this selling process by yourself. Buyers will come to the home and pick up items. Security is always an issue and ask for cash rather than personal checks. Many times you have people who say they want the item but never show up.

Consignment Shops – More and more have been popping up but these stores are picky on what they will accept or not. Many times you have to send in pictures via e-mail and if they are interested you can deliver it yourself or if they pick up there is a fee. The split is usually 40% to owner 60% to the shop. They have the items for 90 days and if the items doesn’t sell in the first 30 days the price is reduced, If the items hasn’t sold in 90 days the owner can pick up or given to donation.

Who wants it, how to reach out to the public, and how to move it out of your house……The MILLION $ question.

There are several reasons you will need our services:

  • Passing of a family member or friend.
  • Final household clean-outs and gettng the house ready for the real estate market. Act as project manager for home renovations.
  • Home staging for active real estate showings.
  • Moving – Just packing or just unpacking at the new location.
  • Moving or downsizing an aging senior parent to independent, assisted living, or long term care.
  • Want to keep your aging senior parent in their home? "Age in Place". Re-organize and de-clutter. Safety is an issue.
  • Remodeling or Redecorating – packing breakables and clean and polish while unpacking.
  • Just organizing need for an extra pair of hands to help.
  • Divorce or separation.
  • Corporate employee transfers and relocations. No downtime for the employee relocation. Getting settled immediately.
  • Digitzing documents, photos, VHS tapes, slides. Preserving the memories.