Life gets busy and speeds up fast, making it hard to keep your living spaces in order. As life sometimes gets in the way, anyone can find themselves neglecting important tasks related to their home.
Taking inventory and organizing your living spaces can relieve stress and help you clear your head.
Here are some tips to help you start making progress.
Declutter your space
- Using the divide and conquer method, tackle just one room at a time.
- Break large and time-consuming tasks into small bits. Doing just a little bit at a time can make decluttering seem less daunting. Remember, Rome was not built in a day.
- Recruit help. Reach out to friends and family, and turn your declutter work into a fun and bonding experience.
- Get rid of unused and unwanted items (e.g. furniture, clothes, shoes, magazines, books, tools, utensils, etc.). If you are holding on to things that you don’t need you might be causing yourself unnecessary distress. Clearing out these items might free up space for new things, or open up the area so you can move around more. The space will feel larger and brighter.
Get Important files and documents organized
- Let go of old or unused files. If you aren’t sure if you’ll need a file or document at a later date check out this useful resource from Consumer Reports.
- Sort and organize files alphabetically by name, and/or numerically by date.
- Keep files housed in one area, not spread out across multiple places. This practice will diminish confusion and disorder when searching for a particular file or document.
- Keep copies of all important documents, preferably outside of your home and with a trusted friend (to protect against a possible crisis that may cause damage to your in-home files), family member, or business professional (e.g. lawyer, advisor, caregiver, and Power of Attorney/guardian).
If just reading this list causes you anxiety, you are not alone! Ione offers classes through our Take Charge/ Age Well Academy that might help you prioritize tasks, connect with others, and learn more about Iona’s services.