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‘Tis the Season’……of Giving

By | December 2nd, 2013|Categories: Donation, Downsizing, Holidays|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 shown in www.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, as a means to give of one’s abundance. Donation drives to give away your excess things are also in full swing.  This is a good time to purge not only your things, but to have your kids go through [...]

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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|Tags: , , , |

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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Moving Day

By | March 30th, 2011|Categories: Downsizing, Moving, Organizing Tips, Recycle|Tags: , , , , |

Moving to a new home is an exciting adventure. It’s also a major undertaking that requires a significant amount of planning. If you have a home that needs to be sold, that should be job one. Staging your home for sale is somewhat of an art and is an article all by itself. This post talks about what you need to do to prepare for moving day. Your plan needs to begin when you know the actual date, or a ballpark idea of the date of the move. Create a list of to-do’s and the dates they need to complete. [...]

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