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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…

Several things cause arguments, tension and stress when downsizing. Deciding what to do with family photos is near the top of the list. For some it’s sacrilege to toss out any part of their family’s pictorial history. For others boxes full of unsorted pictures are useless clutter that has to go. There are no black-and-white answers,…

It’s said that inside every fat person is a thin person struggling to get out. I’ve found the same is true for people’s homes. Inside every overly-cluttered house is a calm, organized space waiting to be discovered. But how do you find your peaceful place when it’s buried under all that stuff? Start with a…

An important part of downsizing is knowing what to hold on to, what to share, and what to let go of. In the spirit of this giving season, here is your guide to Downsizing Through the Holidays. 1.Pictures. Share. Going through picture albums, identifying the people in the pictures, and sharing stories is a wonderful thing…

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”   ? Lao Tzu “The journey of downsizing a whole house begins with a single drawer”. – Maria Quinby When I first hear from someone inquiring about downsizing or decluttering, the conversation often goes like this:  “I’m moving.  How can I possibly sort through all of…

Just the thought of downsizing is enough to put some people in a panic. But there are actually many benefits to letting things go, and I’m not the only one who thinks so! Here are three people who would like to share their positive downsizing experiences with you. Richard M. is a widower who lives in Palo…