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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…

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…

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…

Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance are well known as the five stages of grief. After a decade of helping people downsize and declutter, I’ve come to realize that many people go through these stages as they downsize, as well. Dan and Donna (not their real names) are an early-middle aged couple living with two young children…

When my mother in law died at the age of 97, my husband and his three siblings were faced with cleaning out the East-coast home where she had lived for more than 60 years. Last month, I talked about the challenges in getting the siblings to agree how to get the house sorted out, packed…

When my mother-in-law died this summer, my husband and his three siblings were faced with cleaning out the Massachusetts home they had grown up in. The place where their mother had lived for 68 years. As a Senior Move Manager, helping adult children clear out their parents’ homes is a significant part of what I…

Even if you haven’t read Marie Kondo’s book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” chances are good you’ve heard about it. Following the book’s suggestion to let go of anything that doesn’t “spark joy” has become something of a national obsession. As one who specializes in helping people downsize, I absolutely agree that decluttering…