Posted on: May 31, 2017


Most of us have at least one area of the house that’s designated as the catch-all for everything from our high school yearbooks and stacks of photo albums to boxes of clothes, tools, and assorted memorabilia that we may have a use for “someday”. Garages, attics, closets, and hope chests were made for just such a purpose, right?

But what happens when “someday” never arrives, and those stacks of items are becoming more of a burden than a benefit? For older adults who’ve accumulated a lifetime of keepsakes, it can seem insurmountable to tackle the task of deciding what to do with everything through the downsizing process that so many seniors experience in later years.

One helpful tip to determine what is kept and what is either repurposed, recycled, given away or thrown away is to ask yourself for each item: “Does it spark joy?” This tactic, based on the approach in Marie Kondo’s book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” allows for radical decluttering as well as an opportunity to revisit the past and come to peace with it. It can be an emotional process, but the end result is freeing. Getting rid of stuff frees up the space, both mentally and physically, to view your future.

Alivity Care Advocacy is available to help you or your loved one with home organization projects. Call us today at (248) 375-9125 for assistance with help in decluttering your home! We service several counties in the Metro Detroit area including Macomb and Oakland.