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The 5 Stages of down sizing

PROFESSION­AL ORGANIZER JEANIE ENGELBACH SHARES HER ADVICE ON DOWNSIZING AND ORGANIZING YOUR COLLECTION­S.

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1. MOTIVATE.

If you’re moving to a smaller home or have suddenly realized your current home isn’t large enough to accommodat­e all your collection­s, you need to pinpoint your motivation so you can keep it in mind when things get tough. Are you losing space? Are your collection­s bringing you more stress than joy?

2. PLAN.

The biggest mistake you can make is to try to tackle everything at once, hopping from project to project and never completing anything. Instead, make a list of every collection or room you want to go through and do one at a time. “Approach your home in bite-size pieces that you can manage,” says Jeanie.

3. QUESTION.

When you start going through each space or collection, ask yourself, “What are the things I absolutely love, and will they give me the same structure and support that I need?” If the answer for something is no, put it in the giveaway pile. “Challenge yourself on why you need to keep it,” says Jeanie. “You need to be ruthless.”

4. RESIST.

The urge to store extras will overcome you, but appreciate your collection­s enough to not store them in a box. They won’t be enjoyed hidden away, so instead, give them to a friend who can display them, or sell them to someone who will enjoy them as much as you. “Always live with what you have,” says Jeanie.

5. ACCEPT.

Keep in mind that “the faster you can make decisions about something, the faster you’ll be organized,” says Jeanie. “If decision making isn’t your strength, have someone help you that doesn’t have a sentimenta­l attachment and has fresh eyes.” It can be a difficult and painful process, but you’ll feel free when it’s accomplish­ed.

 ??  ?? AN ECLECTICWA­LL of art highlights some of Jeanie’s finds over the years, including vintage cereal ad plates, graphic illustrati­ons and Richard Heeps photograph­y.
AN ECLECTICWA­LL of art highlights some of Jeanie’s finds over the years, including vintage cereal ad plates, graphic illustrati­ons and Richard Heeps photograph­y.

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