Downsizing Blog

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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The Link Between Clutter and Depression

Clutter is a bummer — literally. New study shows a link between depression and the amount of stuff in your home in this article by Lisa Kaplan. Dishes in the sink, toys throughout the house, stuff covering every flat surface; this clutter not only makes our homes look...

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How To Start a Successful Downsize Project

The thought of downsizing can make even the most industrious person take on that “deer-in-headlight” look. Knowing where to start, however, can make all the difference in moving forward. Successful downsizing, like most things we want to accomplish, starts with a...

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The3 Most Important Downsize Questions To Ask Yourself

My husband and I have downsized our home twice in 2 years, and that experience taught me a lot about how to make decisions on what to keep, gift, sell or toss. There are 3 questions I asked myself when I during this downsizing process that have proved really helpful...

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Ten Reasons Why We Hang Onto Stuff

REASONS WHY PEOPLE HANG ONTO STUFF: What’s in all those boxes in our basements, garages, crawl spaces, storerooms, and attics? Some are true keepsakes. We save some items to savor the memories they evoke, like that baseball from your winning season in Little League,...

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