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  Organization expert-author Marie Kondo talks about the joy that comes from downsizing. And she’s right! You probably will feel joyful when you’re done. But if you need some extra motivation to start downsizing now, here are additional benefits to consider: Less stress – Imagine how you’ll feel when you look for something – and find…

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 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…