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Downsizing clutter can be a liberating but overwhelming process, especially for seniors. However, cutting clutter can enhance comfort, well-being, and peace of mind. Here are five easy ways to cut clutter in the new year:

Start by tackling one room at a time. Divide items into categories such as keep, donate, sell, or discard. Focus on one area before moving on to the next. This helps break down the task into more manageable steps.

Use the One-Year Rule. If an item hasn’t been used or worn in the past year, consider letting it go. This rule helps in identifying items that may no longer serve a practical purpose or bring joy.

Prioritize Sentimental Items. Sentimental items often pose a challenge when downsizing. Everything might seem sentimental. Prioritize these items and keep the ones that hold the most meaning. Consider taking photos and making a scrapbook together of discarded items.

Identify and reduce duplicate items. For example, if there are multiple sets of items, consider keeping only the ones that are in the best condition or with the most sentimental value.

Encourage family or friends to assist. Having a support system can make the task more enjoyable, and loved ones can provide input on sorting. Family members can also help with seasonal rotations of clothing and décor to maintain a clutter-free space.

Bonus Tips:

  • Don’t let your feelings overwhelm you.
  • Put on music or listen to an audio book while you work.
  • Set a timer and stop when the bell sounds.
  • Take before and after pictures to share your success

Remember, you don’t have to declutter every nook and cranny all in one day, weekend, or month. In order to make the effects of decluttering long-lasting, daily progress is the biggest secret for success.