Downsizing Blog

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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The One Question That Could Solve Your Downsizing Dilemma

I believe that even in the messiest of spaces there is a pattern, a hidden sense of order amidst the chaos. One of my jobs as a Downsizing Specialist is to help others find their unique pattern and recreate it anew in a smaller space. I begin by asking a series of...

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ToolsYou Need to Downsize and Declutter

My dad always said “to do a job right, you need the right tools.” Before you begin the downsizing process, take time to gather all the tools you’ll need. Here’s a basic list of the materials I provide my Downsizing clients: 4 Sorting Bins – Sorting system to mark what...

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How to Solve the 2nd Most Stressful Downsizing Dilemma

Even in the age of advanced technology, it”s still everywhere – paper. Baby boomers and Seniors are either trying to play catch up in the trend towards a paperless home office, or have decided not to go down that path at all! The families I work with frequently ask...

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Living Smaller – How to Keep Your Collectibles

One of the challenges I face in helping Seniors downsize and move is how to fit collections into a smaller living space. Collecting is fun for many of us, and a way to express our personalities and capture memories. If you’re moving into a smaller living space that...

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Moving Elderly Relatives – Tips to Make it Easier

Moving your elderly parents or other family members to a different residence is a huge task. Family dynamics can make it even harder, often resulting in hurt feelings, resentments, even legal disputes. Although there are no shortcuts to all the work involved, here are...

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Moving Seniors – 5 Mistakes To Avoid

Moving seniors to a new residence, whether it’s our elderly parents or other family members, is a huge task. Family dynamics can make it even harder, often resulting in hurt feelings, resentments, even legal disputes. Avoid these common mistakes that well-meaning...

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The Top 3 Fears of Downsizing and How To Overcome Them

Most people, when they talk about the need to downsize their living space, consider booking an appointment with their dentist for a root canal instead. The prospect of decluttering and paring down belongings conjures up images of hours of tedious sorting, filing,...

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