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10 reasons to begin downsizing sooner than later

With the aging baby boomer generation and life spans extended by advances in medicine and technology, America’s population has an ever-growing predominance of those over the age of 65. Plenty of older people are staying in the same homes they raised their families in, even when facing medical challenges that used to require a hospital or nursing home setting. 

It may have been easy to navigate one’s home in younger years but aging in place requires an honest, practical evaluation of belongings and furnishings. Safety first should be the mantra of all homeowners. If there are ample trip factors in a space, we all stand the risk of tripping and falling but falls can be potentially very serious for seniors. Read more

Downsizing with Boomers & Seniors with Marshall Miles – WHDD Radio

Julie discusses some of the dilemmas that Boomers and Seniors face when downsizing with Marshall Miles of WHDD Robin Hood Radio.

Let’s Talk with Jesse Stewart – WSBS Radio

It’s always fun talking about decluttering, organizing and downsizing and this former broadcaster loves small town radio like the Berkshires WSBS Radio (860 AM and 94.1 FM).

For the Love of Stuff

Americans have soft spots in their hearts for their loved ones, their pets, their vehicles and most definitely for their stuff. Since post WWII days there has been a love affair with consumption going on in this country that has only waned in recent years with those interested in minimalism and the tiny house movement. Millennials want to Read more

How to Deal with Inheritance Absorption – The Smead Interviews

Professional Organizer Julie Ulmer discusses inheritance and how to deal with more possessions entering your home.

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Inheritance absorption

I recently read about a British clutter expert, who consults around the world, who found that her British client’s clutter commonly consisted of unwanted family furniture and that Americans didn’t have as much in the way of heirlooms but became very attached to sentimental items. As I thought about this, it makes total sense! The longer the ancestral line, the chances are greater for more material heirlooms.

Just the words inheritance and estate carry some implication that there is some kind of worth involved. I think it’s fair to say that Read more

Helping Seniors Downsize

With the aging baby boomer generation and life spans extended by advances in medicine and technology, America’s population has an ever growing predominance of those over the age of 65. Plenty of older citizens are staying in the same homes they raised their families in even when facing medical challenges that used to require a hospital or nursing home setting. For a variety of reasons there are some folks that are interested in proactively downsizing. These seniors and their families are facing complicated challenges when they are dealing with decade’s worth of belongings. The sentimental and emotional aspects are commonly deeper and stronger than say a middle aged person deciding to shed some extra stuff in an effort to simplify. Read more