Decluttering and downsizing your home

Real Estate Agent with Metro Brokers, The Petrelli Team

There is a saying that cluttered surroundings lead to a cluttered mind.  I know it at least can lead to a stressful mind.  It can be so easy to let our collection of stuff pile up and then it becomes an overwhelming task to start the clean up.  The key can be to start with a small space or area that we know we can sort through and clean up successfully and get started.  Maybe there is a drawer or small closet that we can identify as a place to start.  Or another approach is to identify one type of item that we are going to get rid of such as the tshirts or other tops we haven't worn for months.  Or those extra pans in the kitchen.   Once we start and have some success it is so much easier to move onto another area or item to purge.   After that success, the momentum builds and it can be so much easier to continue to declutter other areas.

Whether you are just trying to clean up your home or you are getting ready to downsize, starting small can help you avoid procrastinating and feeling overwhelmed.  

If you are wanting to downsize to a smaller home and easier lifestyle,  I can help you find that home and the lifestyle you would like to enjoy.

Sometimes for whatever reason,  the task of decluttering or getting ready to move is so large and you do not have the time or stamina to go it alone, professional help may be needed.  I can link you with a professional resource to assist you with your decluttering efforts as you get ready to sell or move.   

We are an experienced real estate team that can sell your current home and find that perfect new home for you whether it be a townhome, patio home, condo, or senior living.  I can supporrt you throughout the transition process to your new home.

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Dee Maas, 720-244-6481


Comments (5)

Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Good morning Dee.   Decluttering is always a challenge, isn't it?  It doesn't seem like it should be because we have so much stuff we really don't use or need... yet when it comes time to purge, it doesn't come so easy.   Thanks for the post.

Sep 06, 2017 07:31 AM
Desare Kohn-Laski Skye Louis Realty
Skye Louis Realty - Coconut Creek, FL
Residential Real Estate

Dee Maas Thanks for reminding us that to declutter is always important.

Sep 06, 2017 07:39 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I enjoy a decluttered home and that feeling of being organized!

Sep 06, 2017 07:47 AM
Susan Hale
Re/Max Realty of Defiance,Inc. - Defiance, OH
Re/Max Northwest Ohio Realtor

Hi Dee,

I have 2 memory drawers that include baby shower cards from the 70' and 80's, highschool graduation tassle, lapel pins earned for shorthand awards, typing words per minute award cards, notes from my grandma who passed away 44 years ago, brochures from past trips and other goodies.  File folders for each of my 2 daughters have their grade cards, pictures they've drawn, school projects, notes they wrote to me when they couldn't spell, school pics, birth announcements all kept for their reminising after I pass someday. 

My dad has a similar drawer that I went thru a few years ago to find several watches I had as a child and his other saved special mementos.  My parents didn't save any of my toys but did an excellent job of keeping our gradeschool
class group pictures from the 50's!

I saw a post on Facebook of a lady standing proudly beside her filled china cabinet saying "Someday This Will All Be Yours!"   The inheriting child is rolling their eyes as in no interest, no way, no how!!

I can declutter furniture, few knic knacks  but not my memory drawers/files at least not until forever:-)


Sep 06, 2017 08:00 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

DeCluttering can be hard for people who have been in their home for few years.To older sellers who've lived in a home for their entire adult life, it may feel impossible. Add to it emotional resistance they are experience. I'd recommend to start one room at a time or bring a professional stagger or space organizer. 

Dec 11, 2017 07:44 PM