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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, [...]

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 [...]

Life Situations That Create a Need to Declutter

By | January 4th, 2017|Categories: Decluttering, Downsizing, Home Organization, Moving, Organizing Tips, Rightsizing|Tags: , , , , , |

Life situations that create a need to declutter are many.  These situations typically create a change to your living dynamic.  Many are resistant to change and it’s understandable, especially at those times when you feel a loss.  However, sometimes it helps to take an action to work through that sense of loss.  Decluttering is a liberating feeling and may just be the right action for you. Life situations occur whenever there is a change in your living situation.  This becomes an opportune time to declutter and organize for the new to come into your life.  The scenarios below provide some insight [...]

Minimalism – The Path to Health & Happiness

By | August 25th, 2016|Categories: Downsizing, Home Organization, Organizing Tips, Rightsizing|Tags: , , , |

  There have been a lot of posts on the internet lately about minimalism.  It seems to be surfacing in a lot of ways everywhere.  As an organizer and Feng Shui enthusiast, I love the concept.  The idea of letting go of items that aren’t necessary is simplicity in the most basic form.  Eliminating unnecessary items, clutter, allows the energy (chi) to flow freely through your living spaces.  Good energy flow allows for health and happiness. Everyone I know tells me they have too much stuff.  I hear that from pretty much every client that I have ever worked with.  [...]

Do I really need 13 pairs of tweezers?

By | May 5th, 2014|Categories: Downsizing, Eldercare, Home Organization, Organizing Tips, Rightsizing, Seniors|Tags: , , , |

That’s a very good question. What about 9 pairs of scissors, do you really need that many? Or 3 bread makers, do you really need that many? Or that gadget you bought after listening to a very convincing television commercial. It makes a lot of sense to ask yourself these questions about your stuff from time to time. We are all surrounded by things in our homes that we may not necessarily need, use, or love. Our things typically come into our lives faster than they go. We get caught up in the day to day activities that make up our lives [...]

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‘Tis the Season’……of Giving

By | December 2nd, 2013|Categories: Donation, Downsizing, Holidays, Rightsizing|Tags: , , , |

            The holiday season is in full swing and so is the season of giving. That’s what the holidays are all about…giving. To give of one’s abundance, is the definition of giving, as listed in Dictionary.com. We give thanks during the Thanksgiving holiday for the abundance of blessings bestowed on us throughout the year. Charity food drives are prominent at this time, to give of one’s abundance. So, why do we give? Well, for a lot of reasons. The list below shows just some of the benefits of giving. • Helping someone in need is an energizing feeling. • [...]

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Rightsizing For a Move

By | August 12th, 2013|Categories: Downsizing, Moving, Organizing Tips, Rightsizing|Tags: , , |

There can be a lot of reasons why you may decide to move to a smaller home. Your decision could be economical, you may no longer want the responsibility of maintenance, you may no longer need that much space, or your health may dictate the need of assistance for daily activities. Whatever the reason, moving to a smaller home is a big event at any age. Wherever you live, you want your home to be a peaceful, comfortable living environment. When you have a lot of stuff surrounding you it can feel like the walls are closing in. You need your [...]

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Do You Have a Collection or a Hoard?

By | February 17th, 2013|Categories: Downsizing, Hoarding, Rightsizing|Tags: , , |

Some if not all of my hoarding clients consider themselves collectors, not hoarders. They have collections, not a hoard. There is nothing wrong with collecting things. Most everyone I know, including me, have some sort of a collection or collections. These collections have meaning to us – sentimental, functional, beauty, historic, etc. Whatever the reason, the collection is meaningful to us, and we can form an attachment to the items in our collections. We are proud of our collections and usually want to display them for everyone to enjoy as much as we do. Collections are typically not a problem, if [...]

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Downsizing or Rightsizing: Why Using the Proper Term can Make a big Difference

By | October 16th, 2012|Categories: Downsizing, Rightsizing|

This may seem a little nit-picky, but terms you use in a conversation can sometimes make a big difference.For example, the first time I heard the term downsizing, it was used as a negative connotation. It was quite a while ago and it was used in the media to describe a strategy that large companies were implementing to cut costs. These companies were laying off large groups of employees to save money because they were not making enough sales to meet projections for the year. That is a very negative connotation for the employees that had to find another job. [...]

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Get it Now or Get it Later

By | May 1st, 2012|Categories: Decluttering, Downsizing, Organizing Tips, Seniors|Tags: , , , |

Do you still have stuff at your parent’s house? I think I’m in the minority because I don’t, but my brothers still do. It’s amazing how many things kids can accumulate as they grow up. A lot of these children move out of their parent’s homes and leave a lot of stuff behind. They may be moving to a smaller space with a roommate or two, or they may get married, but in any case, they usually don’t have enough space to keep all their stuff in their new abode. They figure they will get it later. Moving to a new [...]

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