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    Home Improvements to Help Sell Your House Before You Retire

    By Rodney Brooks for Next AvenueRetiring boomers looking to downsize may be in for a shock when they decide to sell their homes. They may find out that the homes they’ve lived in for decades need thousands of dollars in updates and renovations to attract buyers.Realtor Lisa Bailey-Harper at LBH Group in Northern Virginia says young home buyers with heavy student loan debt have no interest in paying, say, $500,000 for a home and then having to renovate it themselves. They want one that’s mov...  Read More...

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    The Joys of the Minimalist Life in Retirement

    By Michelle Black for Next Avenue“The freedom on the other side of our stuff makes us truly euphoric!” That’s the phrase minimalist Amy Rutherford, 51, of Parker, Colo., uses to describe the feeling of joy she and her husband Tim, 52, now enjoy after getting rid of most of their possessions.Here’s how she and a few others have embraced minimalism, and their advice for people who’d like to do the same.The Rutherfords: Downsizing, Donating and SellingAmy Rutherfo...  Read More...

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    Don’t Need to Downsize Yet? Great. Start Now.

    By Ellen Ryan for Next AvenueJane and John Doe knew they would trade in their four-bedroom family house someday for a smaller, more manageable home. But the couple put off downsizing until after retirement … then after their youngest’s wedding … then after a big vacation … then ….Then John had a stroke. Suddenly Jane faced not just the immediate health crisis, but having to move their entire decades-old household into a one-level apartment within three weeks.Why no names on this story?   Read More...

  • How to Turn Your Parents’ Stuff Into Something Cool

    By Rosie Wolf Williams for Next AvenueWhen Next Avenue published Richard Eisenberg’s viral story, “Sorry, Nobody Wants Your Parent’s Stuff,” the site received a mountain of responses mirroring the thought. Some, however, found themselves caught between the need to clear out their late parents’ belongings and the guilt of ridding themselves of precious possessions that were part of the memory of their moms and dads.Maybe the answer is somewhere in the middle: let go ...  Read More...

  • Following the Paperwork Trail of a Lifetime

    By Jenny Klion for Next AvenueThere is an enormous stack of paperwork that follows me wherever I go. Even now as I’m settling into a new apartment, I’m staring at the remaining dregs of paperwork I cannot get rid of. For years I have edited down these piles, thrown them out, ripped, shredded, cursed them, and still, the paperwork remains.   Read More...