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What will fit in your new home?

“You can’t fit a gallon of water into a quart size jar!”     This insightful statement also applies to the furniture and belongings we hope to fit into our homes when we downsize. No matter how hard we push, shove or squeeze we probably can’t fit everything from our…

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Take a Second Look

  You’ve found your new place to live.  You are excited about it. You’ve walked around in it, sat in it, and even pictured yourself living it in.  You know how many bedrooms it has, if it has a porch, or if you need to use an elevator.  These are…

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Storage Units

Storage units are a flexible resource for temporarily storing possessions.  When used well, these units can be incredibly beneficial; however, storage units can also quickly become a burden if attention is not given to how the unit will be used.  Here are a few tips on when and how to…

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Downsizing without Moving

  We’ve talked about moving but what if you have chosen not to move. You know you still need to sort through your possessions and downsize. What should you do?   Downsizing is a process not just a onetime event. It will take time to go through all the wonderful…

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Outside the box

When we think of downsizing or moving, one of the first images that usually come to mind is boxes, cardboard boxes, in many shapes and sizes. They are a huge part of any move. These boxes are great to put things in, but there is one box you need to…

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The Home Office

We all know that the home office can present an organizing challenge. No matter how hard you might try, it seems like there are always obstacles. Several of the common trouble spots are the piles of paper, the accumulation of receipts, the disappearance of usable desk surface and the never…

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Getting a New Perspective

When does a dresser stop being a dresser?  Or a coffee table, a coffee table?  The answer: when it becomes a hallway storage chest or an entertainment center.   Moving away from the traditional use of an item or space is referred to as repurposing, and it enables you to…

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Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh My! Organizing the toy area

While it may not actually contain real lions and bears, your toy area may feel like a jungle. There are all kinds of species: stuffed, plastic, and maybe a few homemade treasures. Toys are scattered everywhere. How do you tame a room like this and make it work for you…

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What will fit in your new home?

“You can’t fit a gallon of water into a quart size jar!”     This insightful statement also applies to the furniture and belongings we hope to fit into our homes when we downsize. No matter how hard we push, shove or squeeze we probably can’t fit everything from our…

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D is for Den

Whether you call it the den or the family room, this area of your home is a great place to relax, enjoy downtime and hang out with family and friends.  This multipurpose room is more than just a gathering place for people. It can also be a gathering place for…

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Take a Second Look

  You’ve found your new place to live.  You are excited about it. You’ve walked around in it, sat in it, and even pictured yourself living it in.  You know how many bedrooms it has, if it has a porch, or if you need to use an elevator.  These are…

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Entryways

Coming Home…Heading Out. Enter…Exit…Repeat. The entryway is the first thing you see as you arrive and the last thing you see as you leave. You may come and go through the front door, the side door, the back door or even through the garage door. We work hard to keep…

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“Moving” Verb or Adjective?

 Mov-ing: verb – to go from one place of residence to another   Mov-ing: adjective – stirring deeply in a way that evokes a strong emotional response   What is the first thing you think about when someone mentions they will be “moving”? Usually it’s the hassle of packing all the boxes, the big moving truck pulling up…

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“Organizing” a Top 5 New Year’s Resolution

What is “organizing”? It is not just color sorting your socks or alphabetizing your spices. Organizing is about uncovering what is important to you. It is intentionally arranging things to give certain possessions priority and to make our lives more enjoyable and function better.  It does not mean perfection.  Everything…

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On top of my table

  From start to finish, a move for a senior can be an overwhelming process. Let’s walk through the journey together with this fun ballad. It flows to the tune of “On Top of Old Smokey”. On top of my table, all covered with stuff, Are decades of treasures, going…

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