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...

July 14, 2017

Originally appeared on 1.24.17 in Times-Standard

Your friends and family asked me to write this. Dale Carnegie’s famous “How to Win Friends and Influence People” book assuredly did not list asking friends and family to help us move as a way to win or keep them.

Whether y...

July 10, 2017

reprinted from 

Boomers and Beyond

Times-Standard

April 7, 2015

Do you have too much stuff? Are you thinking about moving but overwhelmed by the prospect of sorting, packing, or disposing of what you have accumulated? Do you want to stay in your home, but feel like your st...

July 9, 2017

Reprinted from

Gray Matters

Times Standard

January 26, 2016

(Selling my Castle)

Note: I successfully downsized and sold my home in July 2016 and have been in my new place, a 500 sq ft. mother-in-law unit at a wonderful place in Cutten, surrounded by redwoods. I still needed...

July 9, 2017

Reprinted from

Gray Matters

Times Standard

October 6, 2015


According to a 2014 study, we are all being followed by our stuff — our own “material convoy.” (The Material Convoy after Age 50, Ekerdt and Baker, Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Soc...

July 9, 2017

I will be posting here some of the downsizing related articles I wrote during the time Gold Star Move Management was with Area 1 Agency on Aging. These articles were originally published in the Boomers and Beyond section of the Times-Standard.

Maybe you saw them origina...

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