There usually comes a time in everyone’s life
when it makes sense to downsize and live a simpler life. This change often
comes around when your children become adults and live out independently, or
you are nearing retirement. Most people are overwhelmed by the thought of
downsizing and are afraid to get rid of something that will be needed, wanted,
or be of significant value later on down the road. To help with the decision-making
process, we have come up with a list of items you may want to hold on to for
passing down to your children one day.
- Family Photographs and Videos – These items
can be priceless. The key here is to save only the most significant photographs
and pass them on in an organized, orderly fashion. Your children will want only
the memories that capture the moment or event and the important people who were
present. Duplicates, repetitive photos, and landscape scenes can generally be
tossed. You want to save pictures that tell the essence of what life was like,
not every moment ever photographed. Take your organization one step further by
digitizing the photos.
- Family Recipes – Recipes passed down for generations are a way
of keeping our loved ones alive while we spend time together in the kitchen. It
is also a great way to keep your heritage alive and preserve the memories of
special family events. Ask your adult children what meals they remember most
from childhood, and be sure to protect those recipes in a binder or digitally.
- Sentimental Toys, Games, or Books – There is a
special bond with a stuffed animal that went everywhere with you as a child.
And of course, playing the same board games and reading the same books to your
child that you loved in your youth is some of the best kinds of therapy. The
key is to limit the items to only the most sentimental and those that have
enough life left in them for your grandchildren.
- Special Jewelry – Timeless pieces, historical
pieces, engagement or wedding bands, and pieces that hold emotional value to
your children or monetary value should all be saved and passed down.
- Accent Furniture – Each generation has its own
style, so your children may not be interested in your sofa or a bulky antique
china cabinet. But small pieces of accent furniture that tell a story may be
exactly what your children are looking for. You may also want to ask your
children if there is a piece of furniture that they want to refinish to match
- Handmade Items – A handmade quilt, knitted
scarf, carved knick-knack, or a custom-built piece of furniture is an
incredibly personal heirloom, reminding its owner of all the hard work put into
Zippy Shell is the perfect solution for those
looking to downsize. Our portable storage containers eliminate the obstacles
standing between you and downsizing your life. We offer simple storage
solutions, and we can safely store your belongings as long as you need. When
the time is right, we will deliver your belongings to your new home or your
Tips to Ward
off Summer Procrastination
season can be a tricky time when it comes to balancing relaxation and work.
While it may be easy to fall in a bit of a Summertime malaise, prevent yourself
from slipping into that trap with these tips.
Write down and prioritize your goals
of your goals written out will help you remember what is important to you and
what you need to focus on. Once you know what your goals are, decide which ones
are the most important or most challenging. It can be helpful to get the most
challenging tasks out of the way, so then you can relax and complete the more
manageable goals afterward. You can then create deadlines for when each task
needs to be completed will also help you stay on track.
One step at a time
Don’t try to
take on too many projects all at once. If you can, only focus on one to-do at a
time to avoid spreading yourself too thin and ultimately taking longer to
complete each separate task. Complete the objective at hand, then move to your
Mark your calendar
know when each assignment must be completed, create a timeline of how you are
going to space out your work. This will help you achieve your work over time,
without the hassle of trying to cram it all in at the last minute.
Give yourself a break
If you try
to complete several tasks in a short amount of time, it could very well lead to
a burn out. Once that happens, it can be very difficult to pick a project back
up again. Be sure to take a break every once in a while. This will help give
your mind and body the rest that it needs to fuel up and get back to work at
always a great way to help you accomplish your goal. It can be as small as
treating yourself to your favorite snack or taking a trip to your dream
location. Just be sure to stick to your word and only reward yourself once you
have met your goal(s).
Moving to a new home? Try out some of these tips to set up your kitchen in the most efficient ways possible!
Proper food storage
Know which foods must be refrigerated, don’t need to be refrigerated, and which should be frozen. This will help give you a guideline of where your food should go. Store your meats in the bottom of your fridge where it is coldest and where any leaks would avoid contaminating any other food. Dairy can be stored on the top shelf, where temperature is most consistent. Don’t store items with a short expiration date in the door, as this is the warmest part of the fridge.
Use up the empty space on the back of doors
The space on the back of your pantry or cabinet doors is going to waste. You can use a shoe organizer, pegboards, or mini shelves to hang up extra items on your door space such as pans, measuring cups, food, and more.
In your pantry and cabinets, things can get messy quickly. Use clear, rectangular storage containers to keep your food sealed fresh and pest-free. This also allows you to easily see all your food items with no need to dig through cardboard boxes or bags.
Organize all your kitchen items by what they are used for. Create different zones for storing items such as food, cleaning supplies, cooking tools, and silverware and dishes. This will make your kitchen more organized by having related items all in the same location.
Kitchens are one of the biggest clutter magnets. It’s not hard to get sucked into purchasing gadgets that you think will get a lot of use, when they will collect dust for years. Some of these helpful decluttering tips can get you started for when you don’t know what to get rid of first.
Have Zippy Shell Help
If you are moving to a new home, have Zippy Shell help move all your items for you! We will safely deliver your belongings to your new home and even help you move everything inside to allow for an easy set up.