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  1. Downsizing Are you a prisoner of your possessions? June 2011

  2. Author Lisa TerryMSU Extension AgentStillwater County

  3. Sources • Dr. David J. EkerdtUniversity of Kansas Gerontologist • Genevieve Tudor, Author “Declutter Your Home”

  4. What is Clutter?(Webster Definition) To fill or litter with things in a disorderly manner A disorderly heap or assemblage State or condition of confusion

  5. Steps to Downsizing & De-Cluttering

  6. Step 1Analyze Yourself • Keep Focused • Give Yourself Time • Make a list of all rooms in your home: • Including garage

  7. Step 1Analyze Yourself • Understand the “real” issues within yourself: • Thinking you need more storage containers • Wanting a larger home for more space

  8. Step 2Create a Plan for Change (Three or Five Box Method) • Locate several large empty boxes & label each box: • Give Away • Family • Charity • Donate • Storage • Toss

  9. Step 2Create a Plan for Change (Three or Five Box Method) (con’d.) • Have sturdy trash bags

  10. Step 3Sort Your Possessions Set a timer (one hour per day) Stick with your sorting plan Pick one room/place at a time

  11. Step 4React Promptly if Clutter Occurs • Assess the amount of clutter in each room by: • Locating area where clutter is building • Organizing area using your previous sorting system

  12. Step 5Don’t Be a Hoarder • Three Criteria: • Parts of home so full you can’t use • Clutter causes guilt • Embarrassment • Don’t save items you will never use

  13. Tips for Letting Go • Take one item at a time: • During sorting, decide what you want to do with the item

  14. Tips for Letting Go • Ask Yourself: • Do you love this item? • Have I used this item in the past year? • Do I really need this item?

  15. Tips for Letting Go • Move on without the item: • It’s easy to form an emotional bond to your valuables/treasures

  16. Tips for Letting Go Take out the trash

  17. Tips for Letting Go • Give it up • Donate to charity • Give items to someone else • Sell item

  18. Junk DrawerLet’s Clean

  19. Stillwater Extension Office October 2009

  20. Stillwater Extension Office October 2009

  21. Have a Happy De-cluttered Home