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It may not seem like it, but getting in a downsizing state-of-mind can lead to a wonderful and meaningful holiday season. Before you make lists and start shopping, consider these ideas first: Use only what you’ve got. Make your number one rule that when it comes to decorating, wrapping, or entertaining, you’ll only use what you…

There is one phrase that I’ve heard from every client I’ve ever worked with. You’ve probably said it yourself: “I can’t get rid of that!  I may need it!” I don’t disagree. You may need it. Whatever it is. The key questions are: Will you remember you have it when you need it? Will you…

Whenever someone asks me when they should start downsizing, I always give them the same answer: Now!  I say “now” whether someone has plans to move, or they don’t. Whether the person asking is closer to 50 or to 90. The best time to start downsizing is as soon as you think about it. Downsizing…

  If you’re downsizing, be sure you now where you’re headed before you start! Downsizing can be a lot like driving with a car full of screaming kids. If you don’t know exactly where you’re going before you set out, you won’t get far. Would you begin a road trip by waiting until you got into…

  Watch even a few minutes of Antiques Roadshow and you’ll see items you can’t imagine anyone would want being valued at thousands of dollars. Watch a little longer, and you’ll see other things you assume to be highly valuable are actually worth next to nothing. There is financial value… Something becomes financially valuable only…

You go through your life collecting stuff, then one day, look around and wonder — am I a hoarder? The good news is if you’re asking the question you probably don’t have the problem. If you’re concerned, here are some ways to tell the difference between collecting and hoarding. 1.   Collectors discriminate. Hoarders don’t.       …

Maybe the best place to get started is figuring out what’s stopping you in the first place. Here are some questions to help you identify your issues. And some ideas on solving them. Let’s get started! Do you find the whole idea of downsizing overwhelming?   Break the task down into manageable pieces. Schedule an hour or…

With all the rush to buy gifts and make everything “perfect,” it’s easy to lose the true meaning and purpose of the holidays — enjoying opportunities to spend time and break bread with family and friends. Here are a couple of ideas that may help you to make your holidays both meaning-full and peace-full. Think…

Move over, Marie Kondo. Swedish Author says death- cleaning is the way to go! It’s become so clear that Americans are drowning in stuff that suggesting ways to help them pare down has become an international cottage industry. It’s not about joy…  Marie Kondo of Japan was first to make downsizing a national obsession, with her…

If you’re ready to let go of some stuff, but you’re not sure where to start, try sorting and decluttering category by category. (You can get a list of categories here.) 1.     Create a work space. Clear a spot where you can work without being disturbed — for example, the dining room table, the bed or the floor…