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When my mother in law died at the age of 97, my husband and his three siblings were faced with cleaning out the East-coast home where she had lived for more than 60 years. Last month, I talked about the challenges in getting the siblings to agree how to get the house sorted out, packed…

When my mother-in-law died this summer, my husband and his three siblings were faced with cleaning out the Massachusetts home they had grown up in. The place where their mother had lived for 68 years. As a Senior Move Manager, helping adult children clear out their parents’ homes is a significant part of what I…

Even if you haven’t read Marie Kondo’s book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” chances are good you’ve heard about it. Following the book’s suggestion to let go of anything that doesn’t “spark joy” has become something of a national obsession. As one who specializes in helping people downsize, I absolutely agree that decluttering…

According to the AARP, nearly 90 percent of adults over 65 want to remain in their current homes as they grow older.  (They just don’t want any tell-tale modifications drawing attention to their age.) The good news is: Universal Design Principles are truly becoming universal.  Design features which accommodate a variety of physical abilities are…

Of course you could downsize by yourself.  Why aren’t you? Decluttering your home is one of those things it’s easy to believe you can do by yourself.  And of course, theoretically, you can. What deters most people is not the physical aspect, but the mental one.  It’s hard to get started – and even harder…

  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…

  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…

  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….

    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…