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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 [...]

What Approach Should I Use to Begin to Declutter my Home?

By | April 10th, 2019|Categories: Decluttering, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , , |

This is a common question I hear from new clients. The answer is not simple.  There is no one size fits all answer to this question.  In fact, there are very few scenarios in life where one size fits all. The approach you use to declutter your home will likely be different from anyone else. Your situation is different from others so your approach will have a different strategy. Not everyone needs a whole house declutter.  Some just have areas that are clutter magnets and need some tweaking to existing solutions.  Others may need to declutter their home from top [...]

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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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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