Spring clean your house – for your mental health and your future retirement

When the weather warms up and the flowers begin to bloom, it may be time to consider a little freshness in the house. By giving away or getting rid of extra items in your home, you can create physical and psychological space for now – and for the future.

Retirement Tip of the Week: Whether you plan on retiring in a month or ten years, cleaning the house every year or so is a great way to stay in control of your business and make downsizing your home easier. to make.

Cleaning up clutter is never easy. Sometimes an object can be useful only occasionally, and in other cases we can become attached to something even though it no longer serves any purpose in our lives.

But getting rid of old things and giving them to someone who can use them not only clears up the house a bit, but also makes it easier to think about our next steps. For example, some people choose to retire far away, and a clean slate saves an extra headache when it comes time to pack. For others, downsizing may be a requirement for their health or financial well-being, and having already cleaned the house will ease the burden during an already stressful time.

See: Are you considering cutting back when you retire? Consider these questions

Here are some things to keep in mind when spring cleaning your home for a future retirement:

Don’t keep things just because you think your kids might want them: Adults have their own mess and not everyone wants to take their parents’ and grandparents’ things with them. There could be valuables or a huge emotional attachment — the first baseball a grandpa and grandson ever caught at a game together, a handwritten letter from Mom to Dad during college or old photos before smartphones — but other things, like an old lamp or a radio may be worth giving up or giving away. Instead of saving household items to save for “later,” ask your kids, grandkids, and other family members or friends now if they want them, and if they don’t, toss them aside.

Find charities that are important to you and see what they need or want: Many of us may have too many blankets or towels, or worn out clothes that we no longer wear. Consider donating these goods to local charitable causes, such as an animal shelter that uses blankets and towels to keep puppies warm, or a veterans’ association or women’s shelter, who can use the extra clothing for their beneficiaries. Some charities also carry larger items like furniture and electronics, so if you want to get rid of that stuff but don’t want to lug it around town, call a few local places and see if they have pick-up days (many do).

Also see: 6 Things to Consider Before Retiring

Try the Marie Kondo method: Marie Kondo is the author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and the inspiration behind a Netflix NFLX show called “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo”. In her book and series, she teaches people how to tidy their homes and make their shelves and drawers cleaner. Perhaps the biggest takeaway is the question she asks herself and others: “Does this spark joy? If you have any doubts about keeping certain possessions, ask yourself this question. If you’re still on the fence, consider taking pictures of things you love but don’t want in your home anymore – you can keep a digital record of what you had to look back on if you did. ever want. † If you have a million cards from loved ones over the years, put them in a photo album or scan them so they don’t take up so much space on your shelves or desk. Other questions worth asking: “Would I buy this again?” or “When was the last time I used this?” This can help you decide whether you really need to keep the item or not.

Assess what you need now versus what you need when you retire: If you’re planning on getting older, you may need to make some accessibility adjustments to your home — adding ramps, changing bathroom layouts, widening door frames, etc. Some of these renovations could allow more room in the home. house, so getting rid of unnecessary stuff around the house can make the process easier. These future upgrades (for accessibility or even just to freshen up your home) could be just the incentive you need to get rid of old furniture or unused items clogging your closets.

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