There Are Benefits Of Downsizing

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You spend a large part of your life and hard-earned money on the concept of the American dream, buying and living in your forever home. Your home is a special place, filled with lots of memories, love, and tons of laughter. As you age, you might start asking yourself whether your home works with your changing daily routines and needs. 

To ease challenges and simplify living, you may want to consider downsizing. Downsizing can offer many financial and lifestyle benefits for seniors.

Why Downsize? Downsizing is the idea that your current space is more than you need and moving to a smaller space may fit your future needs better. Minimizing your living space and the amount of stuff you have can lead to less stress, lower living expenses, and a simpler overall life.

What to Look For. Before you downsize, create a list of your needs and wants in a new home. First and foremost, make sure you are moving to a space where you feel safe and comfortable. If you are going from a single-family home to a condo, consider that you will now have neighbors and the style of living will be different, but sometimes different is good and can expose you to new things you would never enjoy if you didn’t downsize.

Also, consider your future health needs. You may no longer want or be able to go up and down the stairs easily, so consider a ranch-style home or a first-floor unit. Ensure you have optimal mobility in your new living space to help prevent accidents and falls.

YOUR FIRST STEP:

Declutter.  As we get older we seem to accumulate a lot of treasures over the years. Moving into a smaller space forces decisions on how to sort through treasures. There are some basic ways to streamline possessions when downsizing:

  • Determine what is going on with you
  • Give items to the adult children
  • Donate
  • Sell
  • Create 4 piles when decluttering  each space – K-T-D-S = KEEP TOSS DONATE SELL

Packing. If the senior and family members are packing up instead of using professional movers, there are a few tips to consider:

  • Pack one room completely before moving on. This means making the more difficult decisions up front without leaving items to decide on late in the process.
  • Pack dishes and glassware with care. Use extra packing paper and wrap each individual piece. Stack dishes vertically, not horizontally. Pad the container’s top and bottom with cloth or towels and mark the box “fragile.”
  • Pack essentials separately. Consider what will be needed in the first week in the new home—examples: medications, toilet paper, shower curtains, towels, and hand soap. Make sure you Label the boxes so that each container does not have to be opened to discover what is inside. Label each box with – WHAT ROOM DOES IT GO, CONTENT believe me as many times as I have moved your friends will appreciate these two bits of information.

Consider a portable storage unit or a moving pod, which will provide a less stressful experience because it can be loaded over time. Make sure when you’re setting a new budget for your new home – you budget this item.

Consider hiring professionals. There are Professional Organizers (like Lifestyle by Design) who specialize in assisting older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation or a transition in your lifestyle.

If you’re looking for guidance beyond this article today, my Coaching Programs can be customized just for you. Book a Complimentary Session to discuss what’s holding you back. I look forward to guiding you on your journey to achieve organized spaces in your home or business.

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Let me coach you to transformation by getting rid of Clutter and bringing Clarity to your life. 

What Is Something Everyone Wants?

TIME . . . To spend it purposely and passionately on what’s most important to you.

We can give you that gift of time.

When you’re confronted by a cluttered home or business and you don’t know where to start . . . we are there in your corner, no judgment just coaching & cheering you along toward your goals.

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My Coaching Programs can be personalized just for you. Book a Complimentary Session to discuss what’s holding you back. I look forward to guiding you on your journey to achieve organized spaces in your home or business.

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When you’re confronted by a disorganized home or business and you don’t know where to start . . . we are there in your corner, no judgment just hands-on coaching & cheering you along toward your goals.

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Making Intentional Decisions

In 1995, I found myself recleaning the same clutter in clients’ homes. I decided to ask a few clients that I was close to if I could apply my C – O – R + method in their homes.

I had “absolutely” from everyone. I sat with them explaining that while cleaning their homes, I had noticed that I can no longer fit one more bottle of cleaning products under the kitchen sink or fit one more pair of shoes into the hallway closet.

I explained my C – O- R + method: the acronyms stand for CLEAN – ORGANIZE – REDESIGN + so much more. I told them that I was noticing clutter in spaces where I kept recleaning and tidying up each week. I explained together we could come up with systems that can make the home functional, and efficient with purposeful spaces.  I discussed how from then on when I clean their homes,  I would organize drawers, cabinets, and closets along my path of cleaning. 

When I finished my first home with my new method – it was celebrated by the family giving notes and cards when I arrived at their home the following week. 

The notes mentioned items like Time Saving, Saving money at the grocery store because of no more overbuying, and finding paperwork for school or work easier, getting out of the door on time in the mornings.

After leaving that home with cards and notes in hand, I decided to make an intentional decision for my business that the Clean – Organize – Redesign method will become the foundation of my cleaning company.

I found a niche in the then-saturated cleaning business. It has served clients well over the last 27 years, In 1999 I brought the method into commercial cleaning, which lead to helping out small doctors’, and lawyers’ offices get organized and be more efficient businesses.

This new business foundation solved a problem for my clients, it fit the 3 priorities I found to make the final decision to interweave this method into my business. 

I would leave my clients homework when they were having a hard time making those decisions, here is the homework I would leave them: 

1-minute blueprint for making difficult decisions

  • What is the problem that needs to be solved? (declutter clients’ homes)
  • Identify your top priorities for having the problem solved  (keep it to 3) (save client time, save labor, extra$)
  • List them in the order of importance  (save client time, save labor, extra$)
  • Write the 3 priorities in their order, and post them where they’re visible

The next time they had to make a difficult decision, they could evaluate their options through what they learned is most important to them.

Below is a 10/10 sheet, ten spaces, ten minutes – these are spaces where you’re going to see quick visuals of organizing, it helps to keep you motivated for your next challenge.

Peace & Harmony

𝒴𝑜𝓊𝓇 𝒻𝓇𝒾𝑒𝓃𝒹𝓁𝓎 𝒪𝓇𝑔𝒶𝓃𝒾𝓏𝑒𝓇

If Your Home Could Speak

What would it say? Help me, please with my struggles.

Well, you ended up at the right place for solutions.

𝓛𝒾𝒻𝑒𝓈𝓉𝓎𝓁𝑒 𝒷𝓎 𝒟𝑒𝓈𝒾𝑔𝓃 can save you real chunks of time, money, space, and energy, de-cluttering and organizing will organically show you why being organized matters. If you must break it down, here are only “a few” of the hundreds of ways that becoming organized can and will transform your life.

𝒴𝑜𝓊𝓇 𝓗𝑜𝓂𝑒 𝒾𝓃 𝒪𝓇𝒹𝑒𝓇

  • Being organized will reduce the tension and stress in my life. I will feel calmer, clearer, more focused, and more motivated.
  • Being organized will simplify my busy life by allowing me to get things done faster and become more effective at problem-solving. 
  • Being organized will start aligning my world towards my goals and dreams, freeing up my mind and space to focus more on the real priorities in all aspects of my life.
  • Being organized will save me money. I will know exactly where everything is and how much I already have. My valuable earnings can finally be allocated for things that I really need.
  • Being organized and de-cluttering will give me more freedom, time, and energy. I don’t have to get frustrated looking for stuff anymore and I can become more efficient and productive.
  • Being organized will bring me closer to achieving my full potential by increasing my focus and motivation.
  • Being organized and excess-free will eliminate my excuses for not paying enough attention to more important things in life.
  • Being organized and purging will help me move forward, leaving past negative experiences in the past where they belong.
  • Being organized will eliminate my excuses of “not being ready” for that unexpected visit, for pursuing my passions and new opportunities, and for being quick and sharp on my feet. Instead of procrastinating, staying stuck, feeling guilty, wishing, or hoping…​
  • Being organized will allow me to regain control of my life with a sense of accomplishment and pride.

Lifestyle “Other Stuff” In OrdeFrom vehicle interiors to holiday decorations, from shopping to donations!

  • Holiday decorations removal and repacking
  • Organizing vehicle interiors
  • Organizing products and supplies shopping assistance (purchases and returns)
  • Consignment, donation, and recycling activities for tax benefits and convenient disposal
  • Partnerships with charities, animal hospitals, and orphanages for donations.
  • and more…

𝒫𝑒𝒶𝒸𝑒 & 𝓗𝒶𝓇𝓂𝑜𝓃𝓎

If you’re looking for direction beyond this article, my Coaching Pathways Programs could be tailored for you. Book a Complimentary Session today to discuss your circumstances. I look forward to guiding you down the pathways to achieve your clarity of  Passion ~ Power ~ Purpose in your Lifestyle!

Email me: at envisionsdesigns@gmail.com or Call/Text (860)961-6824

Is Your Child A Clutterbug?

I created a NEW Coaching Program for Kids, to help them organize their schoolwork: Homework, Note Taking, and Study Skills to start them on a pathway to being focused and purposeful with their school career while bringing them self-esteem and general wellbeing. (8/2022)

Our Lifestyle Organizers specialize in handling the personal, tangible property items during the process of settling an estate, as well as assisting the professionals, individuals, and families involved.

When a client finds us, or an attorney first refers a client to our Lifestyle Organizer, the person has usually just suffered a loss. Not only is this person handling the new, and many times unexpected, issues at hand, but they are doing so while grieving. 

Everything seems harder and much more overwhelming in these circumstances. As a compassionate and experienced professional on your side in a complex and overwhelming process, a Lifestyle Organizer can be the perfect ally.

Peace & Harmony

Happy Friday!

SORRY FOR THE PREVIOUS VIDEO . . . .

Sit back – listen to the music – do some meditation

If it’s been a rough week for you, whatever obstacles you may have had in your way jot them down in a journal to use them as opportunities not failures.

Have a great weekend!

Peace ♥ Harmony

Are You A Person “Stuck”?

Do I need a coach?

The human body and brain are extraordinarily strong. They can withstand more physical and mental pain than you could envision.

So, you have this naturally given survivor mechanism where you will always find a way and remedy but, no solution without external help.

We are often trapped in our own behavior patterns with unconscious approaches that have our lives running on autopilot. 

To unveil new habits, ideas, and inspiration – a lifestyle coach can be valuable.

How do I know if coaching is right for me?

There are different views, perspectives, and outlooks and so are various coaching styles. If you’re struggling with a situation and finding it hard to have peace with that situation – ask yourself “is it the situation or the way I view the situation?” Simply asking yourself to look internally for thought, to be open to what could be, shows that coaching might be a good fit for you.

Am I worth the cost?

Making an investment in yourself and shifting your mindset will give you more benefits, along with insight than you can imagine.

*How much would you pay to create Peace of Mind?

*What are you willing to do to create a lifestyle that generates a feeling of love and support while spending time with what is most important to you?

*How much would it be worth to live in spaces that are functional, purposeful, and stylish?

There are so many advantages and opportunities for growth in weekly hands-on organizational coaching sessions, homework, worksheets, tools & resources, live workshops, and events like Mindful Walks, Wine & Redesign to name a few – along with a customized journey down the pathways to your new lifestyle.

A resourceful lifestyle coach will bring results much quicker, with less suffering towards your long-desired goals.

Are you ready to invest in yourself?

Peace ♥ Harmony

Is Your Child Worth The Investment?

Sneak Peek . . . .

ClutterBug to Clean 

    Coaching Package For Kids

After 20+ years of organizing countless homes and working with hundreds of clients from around the country and world, I’ve discovered an undeniable fact: Organization is not a skill you’re born with . . .

Here’s what your child will learn . . . 

First, they’re not a clutterbug, they just organize differently.

Discover your unique organizing style and how to redesign your space to stay organized for a long time.

Find out what motivates your UNIQUE style and how to overcome procrastination (putting things off) indecision (hard to decide) and fear of letting go of your stuff.

Download the many free printables to help get jumpstart your journey on a path from clutter-bug to clean. (coming soon)

Let’s take a walk down the 3 passages – let me tell you how the coaching works

Enable Passage – I walk alongside empowering your child with the exact proven strategy to begin the hard work of decluttering and clearing.

Encourage Passage- With every Decision made, your child becomes more invested to continue the process and see it through. They’ll become a ‘Decision Hero’.  I will encourage your children to make decisions about their space & clutter.

 Empower Passage- By coaching your child organizational skills at an early age, we can help them develop resilience, self-confidence, and self-leadership skills so they can handle the up and downs of growing up.

Here is just a small peek at our NEW coaching program . . . for kids. The launch of this program will be at the end of August 2022.

Check me out here: Envision-Designs

Peace ♥ Harmony