Everything listed under: Downsizing

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    Yes, Somebody Does Want Your Stuff

    By Ilene Raymond Rush for Next AvenueWhen you downsize, your kids probably don’t want your stuff, but I’m here to tell you other people do. Lots of people, many of whom may need, and value, your stuff far more than you — or your kids.Before the pandemic started, this truth was made clear to me when my husband and I downsized from our large suburban home to a smaller city townhouse and I faced the task of disposing of 30 years-worth of couches, chairs, rugs, records, office equi...  Read More...

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    Worth Watching: A New TV Series on the Upside of Downsizing

    By Richard Eisenberg for Next AvenueWhen you think about downsizing your home and relocating, there’s a word that probably comes to mind: yecch. The process can be time-consuming, agonizing, frustrating and just plain sad. But, as the new public television series Legacy List shows (check local listings), downsizing also has an upside.   Read More...

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    6 Ways to Deal With Sentimental Items When Decluttering

    By Rachel Hartman for Next AvenueOrganizing. and getting rid of, extra belongings can make it easier to downsize, clean a home and entertain guests.But what should be done with a stack of boxes containing memorabilia stashed in a closet? Or a basement filled with items that represent the past 30 years?“Clutter is real, and stuff follows us to the end,” says Felice Cohen, author and professional organizer based in New York City who teaches online organization classes to older adults.S...  Read More...

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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...