I’ve just explained the SORT and Succed twice over the last two weeks, once when applied to big organizing projects and once for daily organizing maintenance. Did you think it was a “rollicking good time?” Let’s bring in “The Housekeepers.”
A Rollicking Good Time: Downsizing
I read a novel by Alex Hay called The Housekeepers (affiliate link) over the holidays, and loved it. Think Downton Abbey meets Oceans 8 meets Robin Hood meets, well, what we do here at HeartWork Organizing. 🙂
“On the night of London’s most highly anticipated costume ball—set to be the most illustrious of the year—they will rob it of its every possession, right under the noses of the distinguished guests and their elusive heiress host. After all, one should never underestimate the women downstairs.” Reviewers called it a “rollicking good time.”
In other words, a book about downsizing.
Instead of standard boxes and packing paper, labels and organizers, the Housekeepers includes circus acrobats and illegitimate family members, Victorian smoke machines and even camels. The women downstairs need all these props and special talents as they completely empty a city mansion, room by room, of everything from carpets to the grand piano during a party.
This got me thinking of how our downsizing clients sometimes painstakingly sweat over Every. Little. Thing. as they are prepping for a move. And others are happy to walk out of their front door with a suitcase and a toothbrush, and never look back, leaving the clearing to us.
As one client said about her move, I wish I could go to sleep here, wake up there, and find most of my stuff magically disappeared.
Another client said he expected his move to take two months and $20K. In reality, it took about three weeks, and it only cost about $2,500.
Another client gave me the best quote as she was downsizing. She said, “I finally realized that the value was in having a beautifully staged house that would sell at a good price. The value wasn’t in my furnishings and belongings.” I’m not sure that she would have described the process as a rollicking good time, but I know in the end, she enjoyed the quick sale at an excellent price.
There’s more than one way to downsize. We recommend getting help and having a little fun while you do it.
So I’m giving you this nugget in January, as many consider a downsizing move in the next few months or years. Don’t stress. So far, my team doesn’t include circus performers, but we have been told many times that professional organizers perform magic.
With the right team, your downsizing can feel like a (rollicking) good time, too.
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