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Do you find it difficult to throw anything away? You are clearly a “Keeper.” On the other hand, if clearing things out makes you happy, you are a “Tosser.”  Whether they are partners who live together, or siblings who come together to clear out their parents’ home, these kind of opposites are often faced with…

Clutter does more than just fill up your house. It can get in the way of your thinking clearly and impact relationships, too. Here are some things to know about the way that clutter affects you. And, some ideas on how to deal with it. Cluttered house = cluttered head Just the look of clutter can…

When downsizing, most people focus on what they’ll have to give up. But if you think of it as surrounding yourself only with those things you love and use most, you may find you can’t wait to get moving! Here’s how to get started by yourself:Identify what’s important to you. Before thinking about what you’ll take to…

What you should know before getting an appraisal A client recently visited the Antiques Road Show at Filoli, and took the opportunity to get a second appraisal of a family wedding set a jeweler told her was quite valuable. With visions of dollar signs dancing in her head, she was shocked when the Road Show appraiser’s…

ByKaitlyn Wells July 18, 2022 Source: NY Times Wirecutter column If you have piles of old clothes and shoes languishing in your home, figuring out what to get rid of is just half the dilemma. You also have to decide what to do with those castoffs. And don’t forget about the moral, practical, and sustainable…

By Kerry Elson, The New Yorker, June 14, 2022 Inspiration and perspective for downsizers everywhere. An Ellen Tracy Blazer Collection Welcome, darling.So good to have you visit.Come this way becauseI have a question.Do you want,Do you want,Do you wantThese nice wool blazers?I wore them to conferences back in the day.They’ve got a boxy fit,Plus some shoulder…

With home prices and interest rates rising while available houses and the stock market decline, many people are reconsidering their downsizing plans. They shouldn’t. Now is still a perfect time to downsize. Downsizing doesn’t only mean moving to a smaller home. It also means re-thinking your place and your possessions – so that you have…

We often talk about living in a disposable society. But the opposite is also true: We buy things and hold on to them for much longer than we use them. In a recent survey, 60% of adults over 60 said that they had more stuff than they need. Dr. David Ekerdt, a Professor of Sociology…

Storage. It seems like the perfect way to declutter your home and have your stuff, too. It’s not. Things that are moved out of sight quickly move out of mind.  So, while you may enjoy the idea that you’ve decluttered, you’ve only kicked your stuff down the road. Worse, you’ve made it harder to use…