Downsizing by choice vs. disaster
Life is pretty challenging right now.
From pandemic to raging wildfires, 2020 has been one long lesson of the different ways unforeseen circumstances can upend your life.
We don’t know what’s coming next, but given what’s come before, it seems prudent to be as prepared as possible.
https://www.ready.gov and https://www.readyforwildfire.org are two comprehensive sites that outline everything you need to do to be ready for whatever comes next.
If you’re not ready to take on disaster preparedness yet, here are few simple things you can do:
- Take a video as you walk around your home. Keep a running commentary about any special objects. Open your cabinets and shoot there, too. Be sure to back-up the file in the cloud, so you can have access to it, even if you lose your phone.
- Identify, or even make a list of, your most treasured items so that you know what to grab should you need to evacuate your home.
- Put all of your important documents – passport, insurance papers, car title, mortgage notes — together in one place. Best would be a box or a folder that you can literally grab and go.
- Make a plan with family and/or friends or who you’ll call – out of your area– in case of an emergency.
- Start simplifying your life. Focus on the people and things that matter. Let go of everything else.
We can’t control what happens. All we can do is be as prepared as possible to face whatever comes.
Don’t let a disaster do your downsizing. Decide what’s important you now – and do all you can to protect it.
If you, or any one you know has been affected by any of the recent challenges, I offer my sympathies. And if you are fortunate enough to have not been touched, I offer my help. If you would like to get started organizing or simplifying your life, let me know.