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Tips for Tidying Up

The Cabana at Jensen Dunes

Assisted Living and Memory Support community on the Treasure Coast serving the Jensen Beach, Stuart and Port St. Lucie areas.

If you haven’t heard of Marie Kondo by now, a quick Google search will show you that her “tidying up” philosophy and expertise have taken over the nation.

Kondo’s widely popular Netflix show, Tidying Up, has inspired many people to declutter their homes while asking themselves, “Do these items spark “joy?”

Below are a few of Kondo’s top organizing methods, ideal for seniors making the move to a senior living community or simply looking to tidy up their current space.

  • Ask yourself: How does this item make me feel? As you’re combing through objects in your home – from kitchen gadgets and linens to old movies and wall art – assess which ones make you happy. It may seem like a silly notion, but it can really help you sift through the things that do and do not matter to you.
  • Show some TLC to your current belongings. Taking a few extra steps to care for your belongings can extend their “life.” Not to mention, if your belongings are properly stored and organized, you’ll be able to find what you need with ease.
  • Get rid of paperwork you don’t need. Paperwork is one of the things that seems to pile up the quickest – and without your realizing it’s happening. Kondo advises sorting important paperwork, such as health care documents and birth certificate, into two piles: “Papers to Deal With” and “Papers to Save.” If you don’t need it … toss it.

Our brains like order, and too much clutter can put it in cognitive overload, causing stress and anxiety. Maintaining a tidy, well-organized home will allow you to live your best (and healthiest) life! And, at The Cabana, we provide ongoing counsel and assistance to make the downsizing transition as seamless as possible for our incoming residents.