December 15, 2017

Gifts from maternal grandmother and  best friend during youth exchange year in Germany. ("Keeper gifts.")

Recently I was working with a client whom I will call Joan. She is downsizing a beautiful Arcata home and moving to a smaller home in Los Angeles to be ne...

November 16, 2017

Original to Senior News, October 2017.

Is it time to move to a smaller place? Here’s some handy advice to help you through the process.

1. Start Early, End Happy

            It’s never too early to begin the downsizing process. Begin by focusing on typical problem areas s...

October 27, 2017

Original to Times-Standard

It is October and our thoughts turn to harvest, the change of seasons, and before we know it, the “Holidays.” For some, this brings excitement at the prospect of readying our families and homes for the season.

We have all seen lavishly decorate...

September 29, 2017

Original to Times-Standard

Even without a pending move likely to force us to recognize our “collections,” we can still feel overwhelmed by years of accumulation. Let’s be honest, we can’t seem to let go of things, even though we have no reason to keep much of what we ha...

August 18, 2017

Originally published, August 15, 2017 in the Times Standard.

Even though I have successfully downsized, I still struggle with letting go of clothing I don’t need or wear.I don’t have a built in closet anymore, but I have a large dresser and shelving that could fit a hug...

July 27, 2017

Originally printed November 29, 2016, Gray Matters, Times Standard

Why are we so attached to stuff? Sometimes it’s based on the memories evoked of a time or event in our lives. Or maybe the item reminds us of the person who gave it to us.  Some things are status related...

July 25, 2017

Originally printed May 17, 2016 in Gray Matters, Times Standard

My mother has moved more in her lifetime than most Army brats or people on the lam. Not counting her move from the hospital when she was born, she has moved 19 times. You would think this would mean she enj...

July 21, 2017

Originally published August 23, 2016 in Boomers and Beyond, Times-Standard

Less stuff, more time to visit beautiful local places.

I’m a way-cationer. I leave town and usually the country on my vacations. I love flying to faraway places. At least until I am standing in an...

July 19, 2017

Reprinted from Gray Matters, Times Standard, April 19, 2016

As we open our windows and doors and see the dust on all that stuff, maybe it’s time to push beyond our usual spring cleaning routine. I’m no expert on cleaning. I plan an occasion party just to force myself to...

July 17, 2017

Originally published in Gray Matters,

Times Standard

January 5, 2016

(Family hutch waiting for a new home at Miranda's Rescue)

My father blended his household with my stepmother’s a long time ago, each bringing much that belonged to their parents. When they downsized from...

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