downsizing + rightsizing

One way not to leave things behind…declutter before you leave.

While for Americans, this title is going to be off-putting, it’s a subject that I deal with regularly…working with seniors and elders, everyone asks “who’s going to take care of all my stuff when I am gone?”.   The best possible answer is for YOU to declutter before you leave… The Case for Swedish Death Cleaning […]

Family treasures or the tale of Hans and Inga, and Frederick and Greta, and Frederick and Inga, and Hans and Greta…

A long time ago, in a place far, far away…lived my Great Aunt and Uncle, who had a lovely home with beautiful things.  As they had no children, their beautiful things were looked upon as family treasures.  I remember sitting quietly on the plastic that covered the sofa (and just about every other surface in […]

Sorry, nobody wants your parents’ stuff…

I’ve talked about this before…it’s getting harder and harder to get rid of “stuff”… This is a repost from NextAvenue.  Written by Richard Eisenberg. After my father died at 94 in September, leaving my sister and me to empty his one-bedroom, independent living New Jersey apartment, we learned the hard truth that others in their […]

When your car is stolen…

What’s it like when your car is stolen? I found out 3 weeks ago.  Right out of our gated garage, at 2am.  At 8am, I watched a tape from our security camera, which showed a young man breaking into our garage, and in a matter of minutes, roll out the gate in my car. My car […]

Senior Move Managers….helping the elderly downsize and move…

Thanks to The New York Times for this great article on what All Things Home, as Senior Move Managers, do to assist our seniors and elderly moving from homes they have lived in for decades. Helping the Elderly Downsize By KAYA LATERMANJULY 22, 2016 In her long career as a psychiatrist, Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross has been […]

Saving “stuff” for your children…

One of the most frustrating discussions I have with my clients is over saving stuff for children.  You name it, they want to hang on to it…even when the kids have made it perfectly clear that they don’t want it.This article from The Washington Post beautifully illustrates the issue:STUFF IT:  MILLENNIALS NIX THEIR PARENTS’ TREASURES by: […]

Personal clutter…can a woman live without a handbag?

I have now been living without a handbag/purse, or technically, without my backpack style handbag/purse, for more than a month.  And I have survived to tell the tale. I know that it sounds impossible, and that handbag designers all over the world have added me to their “worst enemy” list, and Anna Wintour has cancelled […]

Moving seniors…recognizing when it’s time to talk about moving

As a professional organizer who specializes in moving seniors, I get a lot of calls from the children of parents who have been aging in place in the “family home”.  But the big question is always, when is it time for our parents to move? Many children live a distance from their parents and only […]

Letting go…can a woman live without a handbag?

Ladies, here’s the question…could you live without your handbag?  I know, I know…even the Queen of England carries a handbag (which has been the subject of many debates…what could she possibly put in there?  Her crown?). But I have decided to take up this challenge.  Why?  Well, a couple of reasons…first, as I have talked […]

Aging in place…a professional organizer is another year older

This month is another milestone birthday for me.  Milestone birthdays always push me to evaluate the way I live and operate in the world. It’s called “aging in place” and it doesn’t matter how old you are…if you are alive, you’re doing it. Over the last couple of months, I’ve removed about 18 boxes of […]