The transition that Baby Boomers make when they leave their full time work world and enter their encore stage of life can seem chaotic. During your work world you may have experienced a certain amount of order. Your new retirement lifestyle may not seem so orderly because it is a new experience for you.
One successful way to navigate your transition into retirement is to create space and order in your life by getting rid of all of the items in your environment that no longer serve you. By decluttering, you can lose 25 lbs or more in just one week.
The idea of sorting through all of your accumulated stuff may seem daunting at first. Start with a small project that you can complete in a short time and see significant results, such as cleaning a desk or a closet. Your encore years open a new era for you, and letting go of the past will create space for what new is to come.
Your underlying motivation for decluttering can serve as the fuel to accomplish creating new space and order in your environment. What benefits will you receive from decluttering in preparation for your retirement?
- Eliminate items that no longer serve you, and can suck your energy.
- Offer your items that you no longer use to others who can benefit from them.
- You may receive money from reselling your reusable items.
- Imagine what it would be like for someone else to deal with your belongings if you should be unable to do so in the future.
- What does your clutter say about you, and what would it tell others?
- Allow your values to guide your decisions of what to keep to support your new retirement lifestyle, and what to eliminate.
- If you had a major life change, like the opportunity to relocate, how long would it take you to pack?
- What can you learn about yourself as you sort through items you may not have touched for a long time?
- What treasures might be unearthed from your clutter?
Navigating the transition into retirement can feel unsettling. The process of sorting through your belongings and eliminating those items that you no longer use can give you a sense of purpose and accomplishment at a time when you may feel lost.
Design a plan for your project to create order and space in your environment and move forward at a pace that is appropriate for you. And, remember to ask for help. Invite friends and family to join with you in your process. Or, challenge each other to complete your own decluttering projects. Lastly, there are many talented professional organizers who have a passion to help people dispose of their unwanted belongings. To find an organizer in your area, see http://www.napo.net
What 25 lbs can you lose this week?
Janice Williams, Retirement Coach, www.welcomingretirement.com