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When I tell people that I help people downsize their homes, I often get a quizzical look. Senior Move Manager?  What’s that? This letter, which I recently received from a client, will give you an answer to that question. You’ll get a good idea of who I work with, when they call me, and why. (The letter is…

After a lifetime of choosing, purchasing and living with things you love, it’s natural to want to pass them down to the next generation. There’s just one problem: The next generation really doesn’t want them. And it’s not just your kids who don’t want your stuff. It’s everybody’s kids. There is very little demand for the things baby boomers and their…

“It’s often said that the things you own expand to fill the space you live in, but the opposite, that they contract to fit nicely, never happens.” — Alan Henry, Lifehacker It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live, clutter accumulates. For most people, where there is space available things arrive to fill…

Downsizing — letting go of furniture, books and memorabilia that you’ve spent a lifetime collecting is rarely easy. Clearing out things that belonged to a family member who has passed — a spouse, parent, or loved one — can be especially hard to do. Because everyone grieves differently, some people are compelled to start cleaning…

Are you looking forward to the upcoming holidays, but at the same time dreading all the work associated with decorating and making your home look festive for the season? As a Move Manager, and Professional Organizer with a background in interior design, I can decorate your house and find “new homes” for your loved, but…

Are you looking forward to the upcoming holidays, but at the same time dreading all the work associated with decorating and making your home look festive for the season? As a Move Manager, and Professional Organizer with a background in interior design, I can decorate your house and find “new homes” for your loved, but…

Clearing out a closet, going through some drawers, or letting go of a few things you don’t use anymore seems like it should be a pretty straightforward process. You just open the drawer, see what’s in there, and toss anything you don’t use. That’s the ideal. In the real world, trying to decide what to…

Deciding who gets what from the family estate is a conversation few people ever want to have. Many parents simply choose to ignore the whole question, and leave it to their children to figure out how to settle things after they’re gone. (Bad idea.)Leaving your family the task of dividing your estate forces them to make difficult…

Before Europeans arrived and literally outlawed the practice, the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest celebrated major life events with a Potlach ceremony — where they would give away their goods. The settlers were shocked, but the First Nation peoples actually ran their whole society on a gift economy – where the “richest” were the ones who gave the…

This article, by Jeff Yeager first appeared on the AARP website May 12, 2015 1. Costume Jewelry Whether they’re in the market for some inexpensive bling or they think they’ve literally discovered a diamond in the rough, yard sale shoppers love to snatch up costume jewelry if it’s nicely displayed and priced to sell. Price simple pieces…