Tidy Gal just spent the weekend with her mom at the Delaware seashore. Mom has an adorable 2 bedroom condo filled with clutter. There is a whole generation of beloved people living out their golden years remembering The Great Depression. This generation of people learned, from their parents, skills to prepare and live through harder times. Tidy Gal’s mom is no different. She learned to live on less. Food, fuel, important means of sustenance and survival was scarce. This was also in an era when the average family was large with 6 or more immediate family members. These families had to learn to live a very frugal lifestyle that included storing a wide-variety of items and learning to recycle many things.
Flash forward 75-80 years later to 2013. In the homes of this generation contains the content for hoarding television series. Tidy Gal spends time at the seashore ridding her mother’s condo of clutter. This exercise truly is psychological and organizational. So, how is Tidy Gal doing it? She is taking it slowly, carefully and with love. She is convincing her mom to let go by saying “Just let it go, mom; it is okay. This is not needed.” Tidy Gal’s mom makes the decisions because, after all, it is her stuff. We’re taking these steps–
Step 1: Find a storage unit. (www.publicstorage.com) The storage unit must be large enough in size, secure, and environmentally controlled especially if storing pictures, paperwork, etc. The storage unit is also close to home and quickly accessible by Mom.
Step 2: Start sorting. Store items not used in the last 6 months to 1 year that are still useful. Seasonal, holiday decorations, photographs, paperwork not frequently accessed can be moved to storage. Mom can get to her things whenever she wants them.
Step 3: Organize. Place remaining items in easily accessible storage boxes. Walmart (www.walmart.com) has great prices on boxes that are good for storing small to large items. In Delaware, no sales tax so even greater savings!
Project Mom Organization is an ongoing project for Tidy Gal. She realizes that Mom will continue to gather things that add clutter. Old habits die hard. However, in the end, Mom will have a clean place where she can easily access those needful things, and Tidy Gal will keep her sanity with every visit.