Chicago Tribune article about downsizing
This Sunday the Chicago Tribune ran an article in the Home&Gaden section. I don't know how to add a link so I'll paraphrase and quote here.
Author, Mary Daniels, follows Crandon Gustafsons move from a 3,000sq foot home to a 750sq ft apt.
"Downsizing is not a one time event, like a yard sale, or dumping stuff on relatives, but an ongoing process."
As most of us organize I think we tend to downsize our belongings.
Gustafson, who is the department chair for interior design at Harrington College of Design also offers these kernels of advice:
1. "Shake the popcorn bag regularly" Those things you value should rise to the top while those things of less value should sink to the bottom just like unpopped kernels in a bag. Or re-evaluate, re-evaluate. If something stays at the bottom of the bag after repeated evaluation- get rid of it.
2. "Unburden your surfaces. See how walls and tabletops look with nothing on them. The surrounding space will expand."
3. "Understand the theory of gravity. Matter attracts matter. Find the reverse tipping point-or let go of things and see how more and more will follow." There is hope.:)
4. "Make a time capsule. For things you really can't part with but don't use, pack'em up and put them in storage." Hm-m. Maybe not storage, as in a storage facility, but a box, trunk, etc? I like the idea of a "time capsule".
5. "Avoid the check-out line. [In lieu of shopping,] stroll down an alley or look in a Dumpster to see how much stuff doesn't survive the first move. Think about this and don't buy it to start with."
I thought this article was interesting and reinforced what so many of us suggest and also struggle with. Hope you enjoy it.