Ranka Burzan tips on organizing and downsizing your lifestyle.

10 Tips to Downsize and Simplify Your Lifestyle

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1. Know Your Authentic Life

Get to know the real you and what’s important to you. When you choose to live the life that is a reflection of your values, you will have more joy, less stress and a sense of personal accomplishment.

2. Choose Your Beliefs

Positive beliefs contribute to positive behaviours; negative beliefs bring negative behaviours. Surround yourself with creative and results-oriented people. Seek advice from a professional, when you need help.

3. Set Your Goals

When we set goals we are creating guidelines. For example, a general (and not very helpful goal) would be to get organized. A more specific goal would be to schedule 30 minutes every day from 4:00 – 4:30 pm to organize your garage, lose weight or pay your bills.

4. Take Five

Some people feel energetic in the early morning, some people are night owls and others peak in the afternoon. Figure out when you have that extra boost of energy and take five minutes to do the things you don’t like to do. For example, take five minutes to organize one of your kitchen drawers, write a to-do list, wipe your table or weed out a few files in your filing cabinet.

5. What’s In Your Home?

Take a bag or a box and visit each room in your house. If you have papers or clothes going back to the Trudeau era, then it’s time to let them go. Shred important papers, recycle the rest and donate clothing and household items to charity.

6. Overwhelmed by Clutter?

Start with one area of your home to work on. Write a list and prioritize your projects. Avoid zigzag organizing and attack visible clutter first. You’ll downsize before you know it.

7. Organize Your Medication

Keep all your medications together in a linen closet (out of reach of children) and not in the bathroom or kitchen where the heat can alter their effectiveness. Make a daily chart to note when you have to take your medications and use a pill organizer.

8. Keep Your Documents Safe

Keep track of your documents and file them in a safe place. Using a portable filing container, choose up to ten categories for health, insurance, finance, travel, tax papers etc…

9. Where is Your Stuff?

Many people are not ready to part with their possessions and are paying for public storage for things they will never use again. Take an inventory of your stuff when you downsize and decide if you want to sell or donate items you no longer use. Temporary storage should be just that – temporary.

10. Selling Your House

When you’re ready to sell your home, de-clutter your house, garage and outdoor shed. Store all but a minimal amount of furniture and things in temporary storage, and remember that potential clients are buying the space not your things. Clean your house from top to bottom, downsize your possessions and keep it clean during the time your house is on the market.

Ranka Burzan tips on organizing and downsizing your lifestyle.

About the Author

Ranka Burzan is a professional organizer, presenter, author and owner of Solutions Organizing Simple. Ranka’s energetic, non-judgemental and motivational style helps clients get and stay on top of spaces.

Find her at solutionsorganizing.com.

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