Thursday, 26 April 2018 07:37

This Is Your Home, Not A Storage Facility!

Last week the All Sorted team started working with a client who was downsizing from their large family home to a small 2 bedroomed unit with a little garden and a single garage.

As we worked I noticed a pattern emerging. We would clear the top cupboards in a room, sort out the contents and have the client make decisions as to what was going out and what would go with her to her new home.

“Oh, I cant do anything about that. It belongs to my daughter”

“Where is your daughter?”

“She has lived overseas for the last 12 years”

“Has she ever asked about this stuff? Has she been through it at all since she left?”

“No, but she says I can’t let it go!”

Sound familiar??

Here are 4 reasons our home becomes a storage unit:

1. People die and leave you stuff.

Do you have stuff you have inherited and can’t let go in spite of not liking or using the items? You are certainly not honouring the person, by holding onto something that is tucked away in a cupboard, never to come out. You would serve them better by checking with family members and then either selling or donating the item, so that someone can use and love it the way you can’t.

2. People move countries and leave you stuff.

Do you have cupboards and boxes filled with your adult children’s stuff? How long has it been there? Now is the time to set a deadline for them to make decisions, and either take the stuff or let it go. You need to be firm. You are not a storage unit!

3. People ask you to look after their stuff.

You have a bigger house than a friend, or a large garage, or just extra space. You have taken on stuff belonging to other people and its been there ages. Again, set a deadline to have it removed, and stick to it. Repeat the mantra: my home is not a storage unit!

4. People give you stuff that you cant throw out in case they find out and get upset with you.

A gift is exactly that. A gift. Once it has been given to you, it’s yours. You can do what you want with that gift. It doesn’t change how you feel about the gift giver. And would it be better that the gift is used and loved by someone? Just not you!

It’s time to reclaim your home! Your home in a haven not a storage unit!

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