Sometimes organization is easier said than done, even for a professional organizer such as myself.   In my article last month I described the challenging situation I was faced with when my husband decided to retire from his job in California and join me here in Florida.  After we decided to sell our residences in both states and purchase a home this was the process we followed:

The first decision made were the “must haves” for the purchase of our home: Two car garage, a “man cave” where my husband could tinker, a library where he could work, an office space for myself, an indoor laundry, two bathrooms, a large master bedroom that would accommodate our large furniture, a formal dining room, a screened porch.   We wanted a home that had some character which meant an older home.  After much  looking, I decided on an 1850 square foot  midcentury (1963) ranch home with 3 bedrooms, two baths, an under air small workshop/laundry area, a  combined living room/dining room and a large Florida room addition. My formal living and dining room furniture would comfortably fit in the combined living/dining areas and my casual rattan/wicker living and dining furniture would fit in the Florida room which would be a family and entertainment room. The bedrooms were something else entirely.  In 1963, the bedrooms were built smaller than the bedrooms of today.  King size beds were not invented. Although the master bedroom was smaller than I liked, the rest of the house met all our other needs and the character of the house reminded me of the first house we bought after getting married which was built in 1957.

With the new house in escrow, it was now time to make decisions on the contents.  When looking at the whole picture, deciding what to keep and what not can be overwhelming.   My husband and I went room by room to decide what to keep from each residence and what to get rid of. Yes, it is time consuming but the benefit was the reduced cost of moving across the country.  Keep the best of the furniture, kitchenware, linens, and appliances .Try to limit keepsakes and treasures. For example, we sold or donated our family room furniture in California, our older flat screen TV and stereo, older small appliances, assorted paintings that were less valuable.

Even after all the decisions were made, we still had to move into a home that had smaller rooms than we would have preferred.  Stay tuned for part 3 of my article to see how we resolved these dilemmas.