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Springtime Refreshes Every Aspect of Our Lives

By |2024-04-04T15:22:04-05:00April 10th, 2024|Categories: Spring Cleaning|Tags: , , , , , |

Of course, there is the aspect everyone thinks about the most during springtime and that is spring cleaning. Although everything you can think of during this season has to do with a refresh in some way. Cleaning, clearing, purging, growth, weather, remodeling, planting, etc., refreshes an aspect of our lives in some way. In the springtime, opening windows in our homes allows for fresh air to clear out the stale air for better breathing. Of course, if you have allergies, this may not be a viable option, but it is a good time to clean or replace filters in your [...]

Letting Go Due to The Reality of Your Situation

By |2023-07-18T12:09:27-05:00July 19th, 2023|Categories: Decluttering|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Letting go of things is not easy for a lot of people for a lot of reasons. For some reason, it seems like the older we get the harder it is to let go of things. I find this issue a lot when downsizing older adults. It may be that as we get older, we get set in our ways and change becomes more difficult for us. The most popular reason with difficulty letting go of things seems to be for sentimental reasons. It may be an item that is broken and has outlived its usefulness, but if it was [...]

Clearing Out My Dad’s House

By |2022-12-22T12:11:39-06:00December 28th, 2022|Categories: Decluttering, Grief|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This past summer my dad passed away and we all miss him terribly. After a loved one passes away, there are many things to do, typically in phases. To understand these phases I wrote a past blog post to explain them, and you can read it by clicking on this link.  This post deals with what my brothers and I went through when clearing out my dad’s house. First of all, as you can imagine, or maybe know, this task or project is a very emotional undertaking. This is the house where my brothers and I grew up, so the [...]

How Much Trash Can I Find?

By |2021-02-15T12:46:41-06:00February 17th, 2021|Categories: Downsizing|Tags: , , , , |

The answer to this question is, a lot! Depending on the size of the items and the amount, a junk hauling service may be in order. Whether you’re moving to a smaller home or not, it often surprises my clients how much trash we find when downsizing. However, when you’re downsizing to prepare for a move, the purging process is more involved. Since you are moving to another home, you have to literally touch every item you own and look in every nook and cranny in your home to determine what to keep and what to discard. Your home needs [...]

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Those Mysterious Keys – Where do They All Belong?

By |2020-11-17T13:41:09-06:00October 21st, 2020|Categories: Decluttering|Tags: , , , |

We all have mysterious keys that we find in our homes that we don’t know what lock they belong to. This happens a lot while we are purging. Perhaps we decide to downsize for whatever reason, or we are clearing out the home of a loved one that passed away. Finding mysterious keys tucked away in drawers all over the house derails us from our purging to contemplate which locks they belong to, it’s a distraction. We can’t get rid of them if we don’t know what they unlock, or we may never be able to unlock, or start something [...]

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8 Tips to Help You Help Your Parents Downsize

By |2020-11-17T13:41:16-06:00January 29th, 2020|Categories: Downsizing, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , , |

There are different reasons why your parents downsize their belongings. They may want, or need to move to a smaller home. They may have difficulty navigating through all their things, or maybe they just want to free up space to stay in the home they have lived in for so many years. Depending on their age, physical and mental condition, they may not be able to do it themselves. They know they need to do it, but are not able or willing to do it themselves.  Some don’t ask for help even when they need it.  Others may ask their [...]

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Pros & Cons Of An Interim Living Solution For Retirement

By |2020-11-17T13:41:17-06:00November 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 [...]

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3 Reasons to Start Downsizing Sooner Than Later

By |2020-11-17T13:41:18-06:00October 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 [...]

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Purging Holiday Decorations

By |2020-11-17T13:41:28-06:00December 13th, 2017|Categories: Decluttering, Donation, Holidays|Tags: , , , |

The holidays are upon us and there is much to do.  From creating menus to shopping for gifts to putting up holiday decorations.  The earlier we start on our to-do list the better.  Decorating is one of those things that can be done early.  We may not think about purging as we decorate but it’s a great way to reduce the amount of decorations as well as creating more storage space. Not everyone decorates for the holidays but many of us enjoy showing our holiday spirit in this way.  We accumulate many decorations over the years.  We acquire holiday decorations [...]

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