Downsizing

Home Is Where The Heart Is

Today, my sister and I finished clearing out our family home of nearly 40 years.  It wasn’t the home we grew up in — we moved out of that apartment three weeks before I graduated high school.  But it was where we introduced our parents to the men who would become their sons-in law; where we brought our children to play with their cousins; where we mourned our mother three years ago and helped my father reestablish his new life, which ended two…

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It’s In The Bagg

Designer shoes and handbags are just not in my DNA.  I am apparently missing that segment of the X chromosome.  However, I have been in enough female clients’ closets to know that I am in the minority. I’ve worked with clients long enough to know that letting go of something you no longer use or love is especially hard if you paid a lot of money for it.  That means that designer shoes and handbags often stick around past their…

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A New Spin on Consignment

In my last tip, I spoke about letting go of clothes that don’t make you look fabulous.  If you’ve taken my advice, you now have a pile of clothes you no longer want.  But what should you do with them? Everyone has a tendency to put a higher dollar value on their possessions than anyone is willing to pay.  This is particularly true for expensive clothes.  No matter how much wear someone has gotten out of their expensive or designer items,…

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All That Glitters

As I have written before, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure (see my earlier post of that name).  But what happens when you inherit another man’s treasure?   If something was important to someone you loved, does it become important to you? When my mother passed away two years ago, she left behind her beloved silver-plated flatware.  Like many women of her generation, my mother believed in pulling out her fine china, tablecloths, and silver-plated flatware whenever we had company.  After everyone went home, my…

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All The Right Moves

In the last few months, I have been working with a number of folks who are in the process of relocating, or who have recently relocated.  This is atypical for me because I am not an organizer who specializes in moves, as some of my colleagues do.  While these colleagues handle all the details of the move, my role in relocations is generally limited to “the stuff”. In my mind, there are four major steps in a moving project that…

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