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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…

According to the AARP, nearly 90 percent of adults over 65 want to remain in their current homes as they grow older.  (They just don’t want any tell-tale modifications drawing attention to their age.) The good news is: Universal Design Principles are truly becoming universal.  Design features which accommodate a variety of physical abilities are…

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…