Downsizing Blog

Keeping Halloween Safe When You Live Alone

Greeting trick or treaters at your front door with Halloween treats can be fun, especially if your children are grown and you don't get many visitors. Many adults who live alone, especially Seniors, opt out of participating in this tradition to avoid the "Trick" side...

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Downsizing Lessons Learned From Hurricane Harvey

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, a small group of us went to Houston to help out with the relief efforts. We were asked to assist the son of an 80- year old couple whose home had been flooded. As we worked with him to salvage as much as we could, he lamented that...

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When To Make Downsizing Part of Your Retirement Plan

Our lives are often defined by key moments – marriage, the birth of a child, a new career, children leaving home, retirement. Each of these creates a change in lifestyle, and with it, the need to re-evaluate the way we live and the financial needs we’ll face. In...

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Downsizing for Love and Companionship

Letting go of possessions, living in a smaller space, and learning a new way of living is a big adjustment for anyone, but especially for an elderly person moving to a Senior Community. Will they like the new place? Will they make new friends? One of our favorite...

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Downsizing? How Coaching Can Help

As Downsizing Specialists, we “wear lots of hats” when working with Seniors and their families. It is not uncommon to switch roles from project manager, consultant, or organizer to counselor and sometimes mediator. But because my company’s mission is to empower...

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How NOT To Downsize to a Smaller Home

When someone makes a decision to downsize and declutter, they usually envision it as a project or a list of tasks that has to be done. Believe it or not, using this approach when you plan to downsize to a smaller home can set you up for “downsizing failure”.  I know...

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Our Senior Communities Knocked Her Socks Off!

MARCH 28, 2016 BY KIM STANLEY LEAVE A COMMENT Last week my assistant Laura helped me deliver treats to some of the senior communities in our area, and walked away amazed. No, it wasn’t the beautiful decor, the resort-style amenities or state-of-the-art safety features...

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Creative Approach Creates A Hoarding Heroine

I recently returned from the National Association of Senior Move Managers conference – wow! I met some amazing people who go above and beyond in easing their clients’ anxiety about downsizing and moving. We shared lots of stories, but there was one in particular that...

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5 Last-Minute Ways to Downsize Holiday Stress

If your plans to downsize your holiday have gone by the wayside, relax. Instead of stressing out over what still needs to be done, try these five tips to reduce your stress and have you actually enjoying this final week before Christmas! Let go of the “One More Thing”...

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Howto Move an Elderly Hoarder

Moving is stressful, especially for Seniors, but when that person is also a hoarder, it’s especially tough. Hoarding is defined as an excessive, guarded accumulation of possessions, an intensely emotional attachment to things that most others see as trivial. It can...

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