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Remember The 3 R’s as You Downsize

By | December 4th, 2019|Categories: Downsizing, Recycle|Tags: , , , |

The 3 R’s are - reuse, reduce and recycle. These are very important R’s to remember at all times. I just read something the other day on the internet somewhere, I can’t remember where, that suggested we add a 4th R – refuse.  The context pertained to refusing to use disposable plastic water bottles. That’s a great idea. I think it could be added to the 3 R’s and considered as you downsize, and not just for disposable plastic water bottles. Refusing to add another unwanted or unneeded thing to our living environment makes sense. Throughout our lives we downsize [...]

Pros & Cons Of An Interim Living Solution For Retirement

By | November 13th, 2019|Categories: Downsizing, Retirement|Tags: , , , , |

My friends Cindy & Joe (not their real names), that are in their mid-60’s recently retired. They lived in a beautiful, 3k+ square foot, 3 level home on a lake with their dog.  Both of them love the outdoors.  They didn’t plan on retiring that soon, but their situation sort of pushed them into it. They wanted to get out from under the costly, and physical maintenance of owning such a large home so they put in on the market. At this point, they weren’t sure where they wanted to live in retirement. Another thing I need to mention, is [...]

3 Reasons to Start Downsizing Sooner Than Later

By | October 30th, 2019|Categories: Downsizing, Home Remodeling|Tags: , , , , |

At some point everyone needs to do some downsizing of their belongings. This post is about starting the downsizing process sooner than later. Purging and de-cluttering are also terms that have the same result, to reduce the number of the things we own. We accumulate many items throughout the course of a lifetime. Things wear out, or we grow out of them, or our tastes change and we get more things, maybe different things. What we do with the things we are no longer using may be different for each of us.  A lot of times we stash them away [...]

Use It or Remove It

By | July 10th, 2019|Categories: Decluttering, Downsizing|Tags: , , , , |

How many things do you have that you don’t use? I’m guessing the answer to that question is, a lot. Here’s a new mantra for you – ‘use it or remove it’. Inherited items come to mind. Most of us have things we don’t use that were inherited from a family member or multiple family members. We keep them whether we want them or not just because they were Grandma’s or Uncle Ed’s. We associate these things with memories of the person they belonged to. These items fill up our storage areas and then we don’t have room for our [...]

Benefits of Moving to a Smaller Home

By | March 20th, 2019|Categories: Downsizing, Moving|Tags: , , , , |

There will be a point in your life when you start to consider moving to a smaller home.  Typically, we start to think along those lines as we get older.  We slow down and don’t have the energy or physical capacity to manage the tasks associated with a big home. You may have started out with a smaller home, then as you moved along life’s path, you needed more space so you upsized to a larger home, maybe more than once. The kids came along and you needed more space to accommodate more things for more people.  You needed more [...]

Empty Nest Syndrome

By | March 6th, 2019|Categories: Downsizing, Home Organization|Tags: , , |

You may have empty nest syndrome if…the kids went off to college, the kids got married, the kids moved into their first apartment, etc.  The commonality here is that your children no longer occupy space in your home on a regular basis. This can be an emotional time for everyone - you, your husband and of course, the kids.  You may be feeling like the momma bird after her babies left the nest. Maybe not as much for the kids though.  They are getting out on their own and probably feeling liberated from the rules they had while living under [...]

Storage Unit – To Rent or Not to Rent

By | June 27th, 2018|Categories: Decluttering, Downsizing, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

In the U.S., 65% of self-storage renters have a garage in their home, 47% have an attic, and 33 percent have a basement. This suggests that Americans have more things than their homes allow them. ~Brute Storage There are a lot of situations where people have a need to rent a storage unit.  Some of those situations are temporary, or transitional, while others may be to put a band-aid on a much larger issue. The statistic above says a lot about Americans and their love of things. Renting a storage unit doesn’t always mean there isn’t a need, however, a [...]

Swedish Death Cleaning is More About Decluttering Than Cleaning

By | June 13th, 2018|Categories: Decluttering, Downsizing, Home Organization, Seniors|Tags: , , , |

Swedish Death Cleaning, what is it?  I’ve been hearing a lot about this lately and did some investigating, this is what I learned. A woman named Margareta Magnusson wrote a book called, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family From a Lifetime of Clutter. She wrote this book after she had to deal with the possessions of her parents and her husband after they passed away. The Swedish culture has a practice called döstädning - dö translates to death & städning translates to cleaning.  The idea is not so much about cleaning as it [...]

Resources to Consider When Seniors Downsize to Move

By | November 1st, 2017|Categories: Downsizing, Moving, Rightsizing, Seniors|Tags: , , , , |

When you make that decision that you need to move to a smaller home, you may need some help.  Most of us can’t do everything ourselves, especially when we get older.  We need resources to bring our plan of moving to fruition.  Below are some resources to consider when seniors are downsizing to move to a smaller home. Senior referral & placement service: You know you need to move to a smaller home but you don’t know exactly where.  Your health is one of many things to consider when you choose your new home.  Location, income, level of required care, [...]

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Where to Donate Your Treasures

By | June 7th, 2017|Categories: Decluttering, Downsizing, Recycle|Tags: , , , , |

  I’m often asked, ‘where do I donate _______?’ (fill in the blank).  When I’m asked this question is typically during, or after a purge session.  Whether it’s spring cleaning, or time to downsize, you may come across items that are not trash-worthy.  These items still have mileage in them and you don’t want them to end up in a landfill.  The obvious solution is to recycle them. Recycling has a variety of meanings; send to a recycling facility, repurpose/reuse, sell or donate.  This post focuses on where to donate specialty items. There are many charities that accept donations.  The [...]

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