Whether you’re an empty nester, or just feel that you have too much “stuff” in your house, many people can stand to downsize. If you are planning on moving to a smaller home or if you want to get your family’s amount of “treasures” reduced, it’s not an easy task. We can promise that it will be a worthwhile one! 

Just how can you downsize when you have a houseful of stuff? There’s a few rules of thumb that you should follow in order to keep your downsizing process streamlined and stress-free.

Don’t Try To Do Everything At Once

The more stuff that you have, the more overwhelming your project will be. You may want to be very efficient and try to get everything cleaned out as soon as possible. It’s probably not feasible to get it all done at once. You’ll stress yourself out both physically and emotionally. Think of a realistic time table for you based on how much time you hope to clean over a certain period and how much stuff you actually have. It’s best if you plan to tackle one room and one area at a time.   

If You’re Helping Someone Else, Ask Yes Or No Questions


When you’re in the process of moving or even just getting rid of stuff, the people you’re helping will thank you if you’re direct. Ask yes or no questions about things as the whether it’s being donated, tossed, or saved. This will be especially helpful when working with children and older people.  

Presort Items

You can also expedite the process of cleaning things just by sorting them out. Keep piles of clothing, kitchen items, tools and toys separate. This process works best with items that are numerous like clothing. Once the items are separated, they may be much easier to tackle.               

Know How Much Space You Have

If your goal is to empty out one closet in your home, then you know that space will be unavailable for storage. If you’re moving from an 8 room house to 5 room condo, you may have a bit more purging to do! Just remember that there’s no point in hanging onto things that won’t be used or that have no place to be stored.

Don’t Have An Undecided Pile

Don’t start an undecided pile of stuff. It will just end up back in your pool of things that will need to be cleaned out at a later time. Make sure that you make a clear decision on what you’re doing with each item in the process of sorting. One exception to this rule is paperwork. If you need to sort through a lot of it, place it in a box to go through at another time, preferably once the rest of the house is settled. 

If you focus on sorting and seeing what your most used items are, downsizing should be a less overwhelming task. Once you clean, you can focus on more important things like moving!

There are different types of pest control measures, all of which target specific pests. What works in the home may not necessarily work outside. Knowing the type of pest you are up against will help determine what measures are needed.  The following information will provide a basic understanding of pest control.

Eliminating Breeding Grounds

The first step to pest control and the safest measure is to eliminate breeding grounds.  Remove trash, yard and garden debris, and other clutter where pests breed and nest. Be certain drainage systems are in working order to eliminate stagnant water. Keeping the area surrounding your house clean and free of pest habitat will help inhibit the growth of a variety of species.

Biological Pest Control

This is the control of pest in a biological manner, pests are effectively dealt with and controlled. Controlling mosquitoes for example with the use of bacteria  Bacillus thuringiensis ssp (Bti)  will kill off mosquito larvae with no effect on other species. This method has the least negative impact on the ecosystem.

Pest Traps

Pest traps are available in many styles and are safe and effective for many pests.  You can find anything from an insect trap that is safe to put in your pantry, to a catch and release rodent trap for your yard.  A bit of research will help you determine which trap is best for your pest control needs.

Poisoned Bait

If you are combating rodents, this is a very effective method that’s being used in many households.  The poisoned bait is placed in areas experiencing the most pest presence.  As with all poisons, once consumed the pest will die.  However, this method comes with potential risks to pets and should not be used in households with small children.  A pest control specialist should always be consulted prior to using poisoned bait to ensure it is a safe option for your household.

Space Fumigation

This is one of the most costly means of pest control but very effective. It can be used even in open spaces. This involves the use of an air tight spray kit in which there is no vacuum. The fluid is pumped out as fumes through the nozzle, permeating the environment. The advantage of this is that the kit can be used for almost any type of liquid fumigant, the disadvantage is that it can have a negative effect on the ecosystem.  This type of pest control must be administered by a professional pest control specialist.

An individual should never use pest control products without the guidance and supervision of a pest control specialist.  Read all labels carefully and adhere to all hazardous warnings associated with any pest control products you are considering using.

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