If you’ve spent any time with numerically gifted people, like you’ll find at Bourke Accounting, you’ll notice that they have one universal commonality: they can’t stomach clutter. Unsurprisingly, detail-oriented bookkeepers and tax preparers can’t help that their meticulous natures cross over to the physical. For example, Bill, our fearless leader, nonchalantly checks out our desks each morning. His subtle assessment goes unnoticed until he asks, offhandedly, if you can remember what the surface of your desk looks like. The mathematically inclined like order, pure and simple.
If, out of the blue, Bourke Accounting experts were forced to downsize to smaller homes, they could easily make the transition. However, this is not the case for most of us (normal) people and sadly, getting good at downsizing fast is just what many across the country are attempting to do right now.
In July, CNBC predicted that the coronavirus could lead to up to 40 million Americans losing their housing – which is four times the amount seen during the Great Recession (CNBC.com). Besides the devastation of losing dream homes, this housing catastrophe is also capable of making the pandemic worse; keeping a strict social distance regiment when moving in with family is difficult. While trading a familiar home for a more affordable, scaled-down version is also difficult, it doesn’t have to be the traumatic experience many expect. Although it may be hard to believe, a move, forced or not, could lead to a better life.
One positive aspect to downsizing is letting go of unneeded items. A lot of us tend to include the same boxes of “treasures” with every move we’ve made since high school – most of the time we never even get around to unpacking these things. When you’re moving, you ought to critically look at this stuff and question if you really need to move it again. For example, reading all of your essays from grade school is fun the first time, but how many times do you need to examine your younger self’s take on Sounder? No one is suggesting that you throw away the quilt your great-grandmother made, but not everything in your boxes has such sentimental value. As Chuck Palahniuk wrote, “The things you own end up owning you. It’s only after you lose everything that you’re free to do anything.”
Another good thing about downsizing is that when you decide to let go of an item, you can then reduce your environmental footprint by donating it to someone in need (Home Builders Insights, Issue 2). Your donation could be the finishing touch on a first apartment or give a needy family a feeling of security and home. Never underestimate the power of a good toaster, guys.
Finally, downsizing offers absolute proof that “things” are just that and nothing more. You are not a blend of high-end appliances. Rather, you are a unique entity that is worth more than the aggregated value of your toys. Downsizing or not, it’s a good idea to go through your closets once a year in order to let go of the past. If you haven’t worn or used something in the last 7 months, chances are that you won’t and you also won’t miss it if it’s gone.
Streamlining your environment, whether by choice or by necessity, is difficult. If you keep a positive outlook and acknowledge that some changes, while hard, can mean favorable outcomes, maybe it won’t seem so bad. We can either stoically hang in there or cry in the corner. As we learned in diapers, tantrums very rarely get anything accomplished.
If you want to see some uncluttered offices, stop by Bourke Accounting. Bourke Accounting reps know that a clean workspace makes work, well, easier. Bourke Accounting bookkeepers and tax preparers keep things organized so that they always know what’s going on. Talk with a Bourke Accounting pro and see how their love of order can benefit you.
Come see us any time. Our number is 502-451-8773 and don’t forget to visit our website at www.bourkeaccounting.com. See you soon!
Written by Sue H.