Why Are Some Seniors Upsizing Rather than Downsizing in Retirement?

Q. My neighbors recently retired from work and put their house on the market. Their kids have all moved out, and it’s just them and their dog. At their retirement party, they showed us a picture of the house they were building. It … [Read more...]

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Critter Corner: Getting Started with Downsizing and Decluttering

Dear Angel,My sister recently retired and upsized to buy her dream home. She’s thrilled to have the space she felt her home lacked before and was glad not to have to get rid of too much stuff. (She has many collections she … [Read more...]

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Is Your Loved One a Hoarder or a Collector? How to Declutter and Downsize

Cal, 70, lives alone in his condominium in Fairfax County. He is a widower who is estranged from his adult children. He has lots of “collections” of items that he says he will never part with because they have sentimental value to … [Read more...]

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Critter Corner: Helping Mamma Get Rid of Stuff

Dear Oakley,When my mom was doing her estate planning, she realized how much stuff she has that has no monetary value, but lots of sentimental value to her. Upon speaking with her children and grandchildren, she realized that … [Read more...]

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Critter Corner: Tips for Decluttering and Downsizing When You Don’t Want to Get Rid of Stuff

Dear Hayek,When my sister and I were over for Easter, my mom asked us if we wanted anything. She has a lot of “treasures” that she’d love for my sister and I to claim. These aren’t the valuables I’m talking about ... they are … [Read more...]

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Critter Corner: Tips for Seniors Who are Downsizing

Dear Magic,My parents are downsizing and don’t know where to begin. You seem like a neat bunny without a lot of stuff. What advice can you give seniors who are downsizing?Dawn Sizing --- Dear Dawn,World-renowned … [Read more...]

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Downsizing So It’s Not So Overwhelming

Q. My parents knew it was time to downsize soon after my son (their grandson) Logan was born. They started to re-evaluate what’s important to them at this stage in life and decided that their health and family were more important … [Read more...]

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Critter Corner: What if Nobody Wants My Stuff?

Dear Angel,I am thinking about moving to a senior living community sometime in the near future. So, now is the time to start figuring out what to do with the houseful of furniture, artwork, china, crystal, jewelry, and … [Read more...]

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How to Downsize the Right Way

Q. My husband and I became empty-nesters when our son and daughter moved out and started families of their own. We will be selling our home and moving to a condominium in a senior living community in a couple of months. I admit … [Read more...]

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