Downsizing Solutions

Catherine Hawley, Certified Professional Home Organizer
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Need some helpful hints to get organized or to downsize?

Posted by catherine hawley on January 24, 2016 at 1:20 PM

Here we are: almost the end of January. Has your resolution to finally get organized already fallen by the wayside? Don’t feel badly: You have plenty of company!

Most of us have a burning desire to have a well organized, tidy and comfortable home. But it’s not always easy to achieve. I get lots of emails and messages from people asking how and where to even start to get their house in order, what to do before they list their house, how to help their senior parents or grandparents with downsizing, best storage products and more, so I decided to share some of the questions and answers in a weekly blog. And please, feel welcome to message me with your own questions!

Most of my clients lead busy lives, juggling a variety of jobs and responsibilities. Rarely are they lazy people. Rather, the demands on their time keep them crazy busy! When I start a downsizing or organizing project, or preparing and staging a home for sale, the mission is that the end product must be sustainable for my clients. It has to be simple, logical and meaningful for them. Whether it’s one room or a whole house, it always starts with a plan! So this year I'm going to share some of my ‘profession organizer’s best practices.’ And SIMPLE is key.

I recently read a book in which the author details (for many, many pages) the perfect way to fold everything from sweaters, socks, underwear and pyjamas to tablecloths, towels and facecloths, so you can stand them on their edge rather than stacking them. Seriously? I spent 40 minutes trying to master her folding procedure. Unsuccessfully. Things kept falling over, it wasted a lot of vertical space, and it wasn’t any easier to locate items quickly. She also recommended pulling everything out of the cupboards, drawers and cabinets, then picking up each and every piece, speaking to it and waiting to see if it moves you.... It doesn’t have to that complicated. Honest!

Your home should be the place you love to be in, where you feel your very best; A place of peace, and calm and serenity. So whether you are looking for some tips about how to organize one room or a whole house, or if you are thinking of selling your home to downsize or to upsize, I hope you will find some solutions, much encouragement and a good deal of motivation in the coming blogs.

Stand by!



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Reply Jane
7:36 PM on January 24, 2017 
I've used the Marie Kondo method and found it very helpful. I fold most of my clothes her way -- they do take up less room and it's easier to see them all and find what you want quickly. I still need to do some of the categories, but I found clothing the quickest and easiest.