My Downsizing Story

How Susan became a decluttering & moving expert

Messes Managed owner Susan Parris

I kept telling myself I’d declutter and get rid of stuff—someday

EVERY INCH OF STORAGE SPACE WAS FILLED WITH STUFF

The catalyst to change

owner's space

I live comfortably in about 600 square feet. I’m not a minimalist, although I strive to live simply and uncluttered. My home is cozy. Peaceful even. But I didn’t always live this way.

In stark contrast, eight years ago, I lived in 2,400 square feet—and it was bursting with too much stuff.  Every inch of storage space was filled with stuff I no longer needed, but hadn’t been able to let go. I kept telling myself I’d declutter and get rid of stuff—someday when I had the time.

“Someday” was foisted upon me in October 2011 when I was laid off from my job. Recently divorced and with little savings cushion, I could not make one more house payment. 

 

 

I WHITTLED AWAY FROM 2400 SQUARE FEET TO 600 SQUARE FEET

Downsizing isn't easy

small is big

Over the next month, I emptied my house of my possessions. At one time, all of this stuff had been meaningful, but now it was an anchor holding me back. I gave away more than a third of my possessions.

A week before Christmas, friends and family members helped me move. What didn’t fit into my one-bedroom apartment I stored in a ten-by-twenty-foot storage unit. I continued whittling away at my possessions until they fit into a ten-by-ten storage unit. I’m still whittling.

I MOVED 5 TIMES IN 3 YEARS

Epiphany: less stuff + smaller space = larger life!

Time to explore the Gorge

I moved five times in three years. With every move, I let go of more stuff.

Without a big house and yard to tend to, I had time to pursue new interests: dragon boating, kayaking, zip lining, swing dancing, belly dancing, Alpine skiing, hiking and nature photography.

I had an epiphany: Owning less stuff and living in a smaller space enabled me to live a large life brimming with possibilities. I became such an expert at downsizing that friends and family began asking me to help declutter their spaces or pack/unpack their belongings for their move.

How we work together

Don't sweat it. We can help.

If you’re ready to tackle the clutter in your closet, spare bedroom or garage, call Messes Managed. We can help you conquer your clutter.

1. We don't judge

We’ve been there. We know decluttering means letting go and finding new ways to live. 

2. We talk

About your situation, your goals and your timeline.

3. We get started

You pick a date and a package. You can always change your mind.

4. We get it done

You make the decisions. We do the work and offer guidance when you get stuck.

Contact Us

Call or text Susan at

360-936-3561

We’re located in Vancouver Washington; we’ll come to you.

Conquer clutter. Welcome calm & lightness.

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