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On The Move – Page 4 – Downsizing & design

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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…

If you, or people you know, are downsizing you should be aware that there are five predictable stages of the process. Keeping these in mind will be helpful whether you’re simplifying your life or helping someone else declutter theirs. 1. Determination When someone finally makes the decision to downsize, it releases a surge of energy and determination. This often leads to…

Why do downsizing seniors need a Senior Move Manager?  Here’s why:  People who have lived in their homes for 30, 40 or 50 years have amassed a ton of stuff. They can’t just pack up and move. They have to sort through it, decide what to do with it, and then take care of letting…

Just about everyone I know realizes they have too much stuff. The most devoted collectors need another storage space to hold the stuff they can’t put in their storage space. Those same people know that downsizing would probably be a good idea. But the process seems overwhelming, so they keep putting it off. If that…

“I keep telling my husband that we need to clear out the garage,” Denise told me. “But he just gives me this blank stare. He wants to hold on to everything and I’m ready to let stuff go .  Can you help?” “Of course,” I told her. “You just need to keep a few things in…

Last month, Estate Sales Expert Judy Johnson of Unexpected Treasures gave us the rundown on what isn’t selling in the market. This month, she gives us the update on things that collectors may be interested in. It’s important to remember that collectors are picky. They know what they’re looking for, and it’s a small subset of what people want to sell….

The most common question we receive from our clients is: “How much is this worth?” To answer that question, we’ve invited estate sales expert Judy Johnson of  Unexpected Treasures to give her perspective on what’s hot and what’s not. Here’s Part 1 of her 2-part report. Baby boomers are selling their homes, and flooding the market with…