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2001, 2022

How to Make a New House YOUR Home

By Rita Wilkins The Downsizing Designer Have you recently moved into a new house and it still doesn’t feel like home? Or  Maybe you bought a house someone else used to live in and you were having a hard time making it feel like your own home. This is not unusual. I’ve heard it many times over the years as a designer, so I want to address it and make a few suggestions that will make you feel at home in your own home. I’m not only addressing this as an Interior Designer, but also from the standpoint of someone who has recently moved myself, so I understand the importance of making your new house “YOURS”. Perhaps some of this was also influenced by the fact that growing up, our family moved 9 different times and I always marveled at the fact that my mother was always able to make each of our houses a “home”. As I look back on that experience, I realize what she did was much of what I am sharing with you now. Once you have moved in and unpacked most of your boxes, take time to focus on one room that would make the [...]

1301, 2022

8 Reasons Why Many Baby Boomers Fail At Decluttering

By Rita Wilkins The Downsizing Designer As I was preparing to write this blog, I originally thought I might have 3 good reasons why many baby boomers might fail at decluttering, but the more I started to think about it, there are many more than just 3. I’m going to share with you 8 reasons baby boomers often try over and over again to declutter their homes and get organized, but get distracted, frustrated, and end up never finishing the job. This makes us feel like we have failed. But it’s a new year and this year you’re determined to succeed at decluttering and getting organized so you can find what you need when you need it. But before you jump in… again… Wouldn’t it be helpful to understand the reasons… ·        Why you were not successful decluttering and organizing in the past? ·        Why you never finish decluttering so you could get organized? ·        What it was that held you back? Once you answer these questions, you can avoid the same mistakes and set yourself up for success so you can finally succeed at decluttering and getting organized in 2022.   #1 Reason: Not having a decluttering and organizing [...]

1201, 2022

5 Tips: How to Get Your Spouse on Board When Decluttering Your Home

By Rita Wilkins The Downsizing Designer Have you ever found yourself saying… “It’s so much easier to declutter and get organized when my spouse is not around.” Or “He doesn’t really help, he just complains or gets in my way” As the Downsizing Designer, I can’t tell you how often I hear these kinds of comments because decluttering is an emotional conversation. So, I often respond by saying, “Wouldn’t it be great if you could find ways to take on that big project together?” …. Not only to lighten the load and get a lot more done but in the end, you both reap the rewards of combining your efforts so that your home is: Less cluttered More organized More peaceful And in the process of decluttering and organizing together, you learn a lot about each other. Why you hold onto certain things. Why it’s hard to let go of specific things. And why you accumulated so much in the first place. Understanding the reasons, you hold onto things will ultimately allow you to make lasting changes so that you don’t continue to accumulate more in the future. I will tell you though, that I do get pushback when I [...]

1201, 2022

What’s The Best Method To Start Decluttering? 

How Do I Start Decluttering My Home?  Do you look around your home and feel overwhelmed by all the clutter? Do you want to get rid of the clutter, but feel stuck and aren’t sure how to start? Do you wish you had reliable advice on how to get started decluttering?   Good news – you can get the help you’re looking for right from the comfort of your own home! Hi, I’m Rita Wilkins. I once lived with too much clutter, but after I got rid of 95% of what I once owned, I found I had more money, time, and freedom to live my life as I pleased. Now, I’m known as the Downsizing Designer and it is my goal to help people like you declutter their lives.  What Is The Best Method To Start Decluttering?  The truth is, the best method to start decluttering isn’t the same for everyone. That’s why I’ve designed the 8 Proven Methods To Start Decluttering online course. This course will teach you all of the following.  How to get unstuck and start decluttering.  Which method for decluttering works best for you.  How to reduce stress and clutter in your home.  Learn Easy Decluttering Checklists  The 8 Proven Methods To Start Decluttering online course comes with a full description and [...]

601, 2022

Need Help Decluttering In The New Year? 

How Will This New Year Be Different For You?  A new year is a time for starting fresh and resolving to change for the better. However, it’s hard to stick to your plans if you don’t even know how to get started – and getting started is where most people find themselves stuck when they want to declutter their homes.  I’m Rita Wilkins, the Downsizing Designer, and I’m here to help you with your decluttering New Year’s Resolutions by teaching you how to get started decluttering. I, too, once lived in a home with too much clutter. Then, I got rid of 95% of what I once owned – and now I’m happier than ever! I’d like to help you accomplish the same thing.  Sign Up For My Easy Online Course Today!  You don’t have to learn how to get started decluttering all on your own. You can receive professional help without leaving your home thanks to my 8 Proven Methods To Start Decluttering online course! Learn how to get started decluttering with the help of easy decluttering checklists and 8 proven methods! With the help of this course, you’ll be able to  Simplify your life and reduce stress  Make it easier to maintain your home  Have more time [...]

601, 2022

A Checklist for Finding The “Right Size” Home

By Rita Wilkins The Downsizing Designer Not all baby boomers are downsizing. That might sound funny coming from me, the Downsizing Designer, but what is happening is that baby boomers are trying to figure out what the “right size” house is for them at this stage of their lives. After all, lives change, people change, and lifestyles change. Once the kids move out of the house, your life and lifestyle changes. You suddenly have more time and freedom. You start to ask yourself: If you really need all of the space in your big home. If you want to spend your weekends taking care of the big yard. If it’s time to start doing some of the things you put off i.e., travel, golf, time with grandkids and etc. And yet, you’re also pulled in another direction… What about when the kids come home for the holidays? Won’t they need to have their own room again? Perhaps you do need a guestroom or two for when the kids come home or when you have overnight guests, but you start to ask, “Do you really need four bedrooms or could you make do with two or three?” These are just a [...]

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