According to the Park City Board of Realtors, there were 159 homes sold in the area in the first quarter of 2014. Each home sale involves a million little tiny decisions regarding the value of all of our stuff and what is really necessary to move. As anyone who has ever packed and moved, you know that this is no small task.
Occasionally I am hired by a company out of California to help an executive family who is leaving Park City to perform what is called a Donate and De-clutter. It is simply a perk that their employer offers to help them to decide what they would like to take with them to their new home and what items they would like to shed. The theory is that a move (often across country) will cost the employer less because the family will be moving less. (Movers charge by the pound.)
I write about this because moving and downsizing can be stressful. I worked with a family this spring who was downsizing from a 6000 ft home to possibly a 2 bedroom apartment in Chicago or Boston. On top of it their youngest child was graduating and they had lots of family members visiting for the big event. All of this was going on while the handy man was making suggested repairs, the realtors were photographing the home for listing and the house was going onto market!
Recently I heard a parable about getting started that asked “When is the best time to plant a tree? Answer: 20 years ago. When is the second best time to plant a tree? Answer: Today.” So, whether you have a move on the horizon or not, when is the best time to donate and de-clutter? Today.
We are fortunate in Park City to have excellent resources to assist us with this task. (The Re-Store, the Good Wood Project, the Christian Center, 6+ consignment shops, KSL.com, Facebook garage sale page and more.) If you are curious about some of the items that I have helped clients to donate and de-clutter, please visit Spruce Organizing on Facebook!