Life Without a Linen Closet

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I remember when our young family moved into our first “real” house, and I  just couldn’t believe how many spaces for storage there were.  In particular I loved the linen closet. I had been accustomed to apartment living, where all four of our towels hung on a back-of-the-door rack, and we only had one set…

Letting Go of Books, CD’s and DVD’s

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Home Organizing Tips for Downsizers How to Manage Your Media Library Why do we hold on to so many books, discs and tapes in our homes? It’s because our photos, music and videos create emotional attachments or memories. Books, albums and CD’s create experiences that remind us of specific times of our lives. The more…

12 Tips for Downsizing over the Holidays

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12 Tips for Downsizing over the Holidays Are you an empty nester, or thinking about downsizing?  Preparing for the holidays presents a perfect opportunity to identify the items you love the most, share your abundance with others, and clear a path to a fresh start in January. Here are 12 steps that you can take to…

Home Wellness Check for Your Aging Parents

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Holiday visits to the family home are a treasured tradition for many, and for those of us with aging parents, it is a good opportunity to get a first-hand look at their living conditions and ability to care for themselves.  As you look for signs of compromised health or happiness, keep a discreet eye out…

5 Steps to Secure Your Vital Documents

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Thinking about Downsizing? Secure vital documents first. If you’re thinking about downsizing and/or moving, putting your hands on your important legal, financial and medical documents should be one of your top priorities.  Pull them together early, and you won’t have to worry about losing them during the move.   It’s safe to say most people do…

Ten Reasons We Keep Clothing We Don’t Wear

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Are you thinking about switching over your closet to the new season?  We all know we should not store anything we didn’t wear last year, but why is it so hard to let go of some pieces?  Our friend and home organizing colleague Janet Schiesl offers 10 reasons you keep clothes you don’t wear, and…

Preparing for a Long Term Trip

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One of the joys of the empty nest is the freedom to travel, or to divide your time between seasonal residences.   In the early days of the empty nest, some folks may even leave the family home for months at a time while they try out new locations and adventures. This kind of flexibility…

How Do You Downsize: Lightbulbs

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Confession:  I am hoarding lightbulbs.  I have those little cardboard cartons of Edison style incandescent bulbs tucked into closets, bins and cabinets throughout the house.  I have bulbs of all sizes, including some that don’t even fit fixtures we own!  It must be my inner child of the 70’s; comforted by the golden glow of…

How Do You Downsize: Leftover Cans of Paint

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If you’re like a lot of people, you have an assortment of half-used cans of paint stacked up somewhere on your property.   Are they all  worth saving?  Here’s my personal thinking on leftover paint: Any paint that has been stored in a garage or outdoor shed for any good length of time is ruined. …