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Downsizing Your Life

Are you thinking about downsizing in retirement? Or, have you perhaps already experienced the benefits of downsizing your life. Not so long ago, I reduced my possessions to 200 items and I have never felt better! You can too.

Confessions of a Thrifting Junkie and a New Year’s Challenge
2 days ago

Confessions of a Thrifting Junkie and a New Year’s Challenge

I fancy myself a socially conscious citizen of the world. I don’t take a straw at restaurants, I recycle and compost, and I avoid overly packaged food and bottled water…
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What Is Your Clutter Legacy? And Why That Matters
2 weeks ago

What Is Your Clutter Legacy? And Why That Matters

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Our friend Coral is a sailing fanatic. A few months ago, the yacht she was on encountered stormy weather. The boat tipped at alarming angles as wave upon wave crashed over them…
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Already Downsized? Learn How to Buy Without Adding Clutter to Your Life
2 weeks ago

Already Downsized? Learn How to Buy Without Adding Clutter to Your Life

If I read one more article about downsizing and decluttering, I think I’ll scream. At first it was refreshingly liberating, this KonMari method of asking, “Does this item bring me joy?” – yes, you’re in; no you’re out. Boom! Read More

The Importance of Humor for Older Women Downsizing Their Home
2 weeks ago

The Importance of Humor for Older Women Downsizing Their Home

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“Humor is the great thing, the saving thing after all. The minute it crops up, all our hardnesses yield, all our irritations and resentments flit away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.” Read More

What Do You Do When You Want to Downsize – But Your Spouse Doesn’t?
4 weeks ago

What Do You Do When You Want to Downsize – But Your Spouse Doesn’t?

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As an interior designer for the past 35 years, I have had the opportunity to help baby boomers design their first, second and even third homes, their beach houses, mountain retreats, and country cottages…
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What Is Swedish Death Cleaning (And Why Should You Be Doing It)?
2 months ago

What Is Swedish Death Cleaning (And Why Should You Be Doing It)?

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My mom was a hoarder. While not in the same league as the people featured on Buried Alive (thankfully), she clearly had a problem letting go. There were the clothes dating back to the mid-70s that no longer fit her…
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One is the Loneliest Number – But Cohousing Can Be a Great Solution
2 months ago

One is the Loneliest Number – But Cohousing Can Be a Great Solution

Lonesome? Well, join the club. More than one in three adults over 45 is lonely, according to a survey by AARP, the American Association of Retired Persons. Are you one of them?
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Why Life Over 60 Works Better Without Clutter
2 months ago

Why Life Over 60 Works Better Without Clutter

How would you feel if a relative or friend died, leaving a house full of clutter behind them, and it fell to you to sort it all out? Unfortunately, this situation is very common. I often meet people who have toiled for months, or even years, disposing of someone else’s stuff…
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Downsizing in Retirement: Purging My Closet, Office and Bathroom and Learning to Breathe Again
2 months ago

Downsizing in Retirement: Purging My Closet, Office and Bathroom and Learning to Breathe Again

I love the change of seasons because it gives me an opportunity to do one of my favorite things: purge my closet. The good thing about purging one’s closet at the beginning of the season is that the things you get rid of are still wearable by someone else. Read More

Are You Downsizing Your Home Too? I Couldn’t Let Go of this One Thing!
3 months ago

Are You Downsizing Your Home Too? I Couldn’t Let Go of this One Thing!

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Anyone who has downsized her home knows that the experience it is an emotional roller coaster. The process of getting rid of our possessions goes something like this.

First we get rid of the junk that has accumulated in our homes. This includes those items that really don’t matter to us or may have never mattered to us. Read More