Free Workshop! Antiques and Collectibles 101

Posted by Client | | Blog

There are many decisions that must be made when you are downsizing or closing out an estate.    Whenever I’m getting to know a new client, one of the topics that comes up very early is the value of particular collections, art, or treasured items that may have a re-sale value. Over the past several…

What’s It Worth? Thomas Hart Benton, “Approaching Storm”, 1938

Posted by Client | | Blog

  Thomas Hart Benton, “Approaching Storm”, 1938 Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1975) was a notable artist of the 1930s as well as a teacher (Jackson Pollock is one of his most famous students). Our trusted appraiser Sarah Reeder says she often come across vintage prints by Thomas Hart Benton in her appraisal work, and it’s…

What’s It Worth? Sterling Silver

Posted by Client | | Blog

J.C. Grogan Co. Sterling Silver Water Pitcher This charming silver pitcher was submitted by one of our followers in McLean, Virginia. It was a gift from her uncle, an avid collector and lover of antiques in Pennsylvania. It certainly has aesthetic appeal and functionality, but does it have a resale value in today’s marketplace? Chris…

The Seasonal Closet Switch-Out

Posted by Client | | Blog

If you’re considering downsizing over the next few years, you will probably want to reduce your clothing by at least half. The annual rituals of rotating seasonal clothing into storage presents an ideal opportunity to evaluate your wardrobe with an eye toward downsizing, too. Certified Professional Organizer and closet specialist C. Lee Cawley helps her…

Household Disinfectants that Kill the Coronavirus

Posted by Client | | Blog

As the country grapples with a flu pandemic, we want to do everything we can to help protect families, particularly our seniors. Fortunately, coronaviruses are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill. While hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes have disappeared from store shelves, you probably already have one of these products that have…

How Do You Downsize: Cleaning Products

Posted by Client | | Blog

It can be surprising how many cleaning products you have in your home. Good intentions and visions of a sparkling clean house can lead us to purchasing all sorts of specialty products that may not actually make it into our cleaning routines. Or, if you have a lot of storage areas in your house, you…

Life Without a Linen Closet

Posted by Client | | Blog

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

Posted by Client | | Blog

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

Posted by Client | | Blog

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

Posted by Client | | Blog

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…