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…

The 2-Year Downsizing Plan

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For most people, the decision to downsize a home evolves over time, as priorities change and new opportunities emerge. It can sometimes take years to determine a next move and work up the enthusiasm to take the plunge. If you feel a home transition is in your future, it’s a good idea to take control…

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: Donate Linens and Towels

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Are you hosting house guests next week?  While you’re preparing your guest areas and anticipating a cozy time at home, it could be a good time to sort through your linen closet and gather items that could be of better use to another family this Thanksgiving.  One of my neighbors here in Lake Barcroft recently…

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. …