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#9 Start Early

Last month, we considered how making a plan will help to reduce the stress of the downsizing and moving process. Once you’ve formulated your plan, the next piece of advice is to begin the preparation process with plenty of time before actual move date. It has taken years to accumulate…

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Top 10 List for Downsizing or Moving

You hear or see them everywhere. Some lists are based on researched statistics while others are just made up to be fun. There are lists of the top 10 movies, the top 10 places to visit, the top 10 important vitamins, and even the top 10 plays of last night’s game….

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Pick What is Most Important

Last month, we looked at “M” of SIMPLIFY where we measured or figured out what will fit our needs and fit our space. Now that we have an idea of how much will fit, we have the task of choosing what we will keep and what we will let go…

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SIMPLIFY your Downsize

Downsizing often gets a bad rap. However downsize simply means to economize or rationalize. It is being thoughtful or intentional about what we have or do.   The downsizing process can feel overwhelming. You can feel uncertain as to where to start or how to accomplish it, jumping from item…

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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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#6 Decide what is important

Last month we considered tip #7 in our top ten about how to determine what will actually fit into your new space. This month, we focus on clarifying which possessions are of greater importance to you and should take with during a downsize. It is often hard to differentiate the…

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Where did the time go?

We all get 24 hours a day, but how often do we stop and ask ourselves where it all went? Sometimes it seems like we only did a few things, yet it took the whole day. We never even got to the important stuff we were supposed to do or…

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#7 Plan out your space

Last month, we discussed breaking down the necessary tasks for your downsize or move, and now it’s time for the next tip in our Top 10 list: “#7 Plan out your space”. Identifying in advance the amount of room you will have and understanding what will actually fit into your…

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Great Expectations

Organizing a home or office is a very attainable goal but is often approached with unrealistic expectations. Some people think that with a small block of time, a little bit of work and a few new containers, their space can become “perfect”, just like the spaces on television that are…

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#8 Break into smaller tasks

Coming in at number 8 in our top 10 ways to make your move or downsize easier is “Break larger tasks down into more manageable and practical pieces.” Accomplishing a large project like moving or downsizing can be overwhelming if you view it as a whole. When the job is…

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Clutter Excuses

You probably have heard the statement, “If you don’t need an item, love it, or use it regularly, you probably don’t need to keep it”. That’s great in theory, but when it comes down to actually parting with these things, it can be really hard. It is easy to come…

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#9 Start Early

Last month, we considered how making a plan will help to reduce the stress of the downsizing and moving process. Once you’ve formulated your plan, the next piece of advice is to begin the preparation process with plenty of time before actual move date. It has taken years to accumulate…

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Questions on the Road to Organization

We have all heard that the destination of organization is “a place for everything and everything in its place”. But how do you get from where you are now to that organized place? Here are several questions you should consider along the way. What purpose does the room serve? Each…

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#10 Make a plan

This month, we look at the first of 10 tips for de-stressing your move or downsize: Make a plan. Perhaps you have made the big decision to move or downsize your home. Maybe it’s just being considered as a possibility at this time and you want to start preparing yourself…

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Organizing… it’s more than tidying up

Some people feel that if they simply tidy up a space, it will be organized. These two actions are actually quite different. Tidying is defined as making something neat in appearance, whereas organizing means to arrange and to make more effective. Tidying up is a great thing to do if you want…

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