Wednesday, September 11, 2013

How to Stay Organized After Retirement

In many cases, retirement means moving to a smaller living space. Even if you're not moving, it is still a good time to think about getting organized. Taking on a task this daunting does not have to be overwhelming. Here are five tips to make the process a little easier. 

Hobbies


Finally you have the time for the hobbies you always wanted to pursue. Whether it be sewing, woodworking, or some other craft, you will need an organized workspace. There are many creative ways to store your materials. Take advantage of inexpensive pegboard, or use a tension rod with shower curtain hooks for hanging supplies. Tackle or jewelry boxes are great for small items. An organized space will make you feel more inspired as you work on your new hobbies.

Grandkids


Your children will probably drop your grandkids off from time to time. Keep a couple of easy access bins with art materials, games, and books for them to enjoy while visiting you. Perhaps bring out a couple of toys from their parents' childhood. They'll love seeing what their moms and dads played with as children.

Memorabilia


No doubt you have kept toys, school papers, and artwork from when your children were growing up. Grown children are often reluctant to store their childhood memorabilia. Try inviting them over and going through the boxes together. You can sort out the things that really mean something to them, and perhaps create a couple of scrapbooks they will want to bring to their own homes.


Creative Storage


You will have to use the space in your home effectively as you get more time in it. Buy under the bed storage bins for seasonal clothes. Space bags are great for blankets and holiday linens. Take advantage of wicker shelf baskets and ottomans with storage inside. Try finding new ways to keep everything you need organized and at hand.

Storage Units


You may find that your new space is just not large enough to accommodate some of the things that you are not ready to let go of yet. Storage units are abundant, inexpensive and climate-controlled. San Diego self storage units are also a great option for recreational items like fishing or camping supplies, or any extra antique furniture that are taking up too much space.

Once you have your home organized and clear of clutter, you will be ready to fully enjoy your retirement. Having your life in order will give you the sense of calmness and freedom that you have waited for.


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