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By 2030, seniors will account for one-fifth of the total U.S. population – 79.1 million. And a large number of them will be downsizing their homes. As a realtor, you know what you need to do to get a home ready to sell. But you may not be ready for everything that needs to happen to get the…

  If you’re moving, it’s easy to forget that packing up your home is just half of the job. You also have to unpack at the other end! Use these 6 tips and you’ll have a smooth move from start to finish. Let the movers do the packing. Yes, you could do it yourself. But…

When it comes time to help someone declutter or downsize, I always tell people not to be ashamed because I’ve seen it all. Even so, I was stunned when I read the Becoming Minimalist blog “21 Surprising Statistics About How Much We Actually Own.” According to the blog, the average American has 300,000 items in their home.   That…

People ask us that all the time. And we always give the same answer: Now! If you’re thinking about it, start doing it.  People know that. Then they put it off anyway. “I know I should, but I don’t have the energy to do it now,” they say. Unfortunately, waiting makes it a lot harder. People…

Right up there with baking sourdough bread, decluttering and downsizing have moved high up on the list of people’s things to do while we’re stuck at home. We agree! There is no time like now to begin your decluttering project. Before you get started, you should know how the current situation may impact your efforts. Challenges:  Lots…

When I have a client moving into a new home, one of the first things we talk about is how we’ll set up the kitchen. I always have the same suggestion. To set up your kitchen for maximum usability, divide the space into five function-oriented zones:  Serving/Snack Zone — for things you want to grab easily and…

Organizing expert Marie Kondo suggests that you ask yourself just one question when decluttering your home: “Does it bring me joy?” The idea that everything you own should bring you joy is lovely, but hard to put into practice. Chances are, you’re not going to feel “joyful” about a variety of things in your home…

Life is pretty challenging right now. From pandemic to raging wildfires, 2020 has been one long lesson of the different ways unforeseen circumstances can upend your life. We don’t know what’s coming next, but given what’s come before, it seems prudent to be as prepared as possible. https://www.ready.gov and https://www.readyforwildfire.org are two comprehensive sites that…

“Well, we did it!” Dan exclaimed. “We did? What did we do?” I asked. “We cleared out my mom’s house!” It’s always nice to see that my clients are happy. But in this case, I wasn’t really sure what Dan was happy about. After spending months sorting through and clearing out his mother’s Bay Area…