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Sandwiched Between Stuff: 7 Ways to Help Parents Declutter to Rightsize

 Posted by Renee Anderson on July 17, 2019 at 8:40 AM

After living in a home for decades, a home can become packed with items connected to memories, amazing moments, and life events. When you visit your parents, you are more likely to notice the accumulation of items from 30, 40 or 50 years ago while they may not notice it. It’s possible they have become “clutter blind” since these items are associated with memories and moments. You are sandwiched between their belongings and your own. 

If you want to help your parents let go of some of their clutter so they can leap into the next season of their lives, we have 7 steps to get you started.

Keep Calm and Carry On

 Posted by Renee Anderson on July 12, 2019 at 9:40 AM
 There are rumors, that individuals and families, actually plan where Mom or Dad can get more care than on their own, and have an orderly process to get there. From my experience in my own family that idea seems as likely as riding to work on a unicorn.  For us, there was much talk, even more balk, until something happened that created a panic of immediate need. At such times it is the ultimate "Deer in the headlights" moment. Everythin...

It Is Best to Not Try To Stumble Through The Dark.

 Posted by Renee Anderson on June 14, 2019 at 10:23 AM
 Too often, when you face the need to move to where you can get more care, it feels like your world started spinning at warp speed. In my own family each time, with my in-laws, mom and uncle things became necessary to make quick decisions. It required trying to figure out how, where, what, we were going to do. We knew when, it had to happen NOW. We knew why, because the current situation was no longer safe for them.  This then requ...

Finding Gems in the Junk: What to Look For

 Posted by Renee Anderson on June 10, 2019 at 8:53 AM

Is your attic or basement full of clutter? Or is it a spare bedroom, overflowing closet, a packed garage? Many households acquire a plethora of items over time. Eventually you may find yourself saturated in clutter. Without a place for each item to go, clutter can creep up and quickly take over a space. There are a few items you may want to look for that could sell well in an online auction or estate sale.

Retail v. Resale: 5 Best Items to Buy in June

 Posted by Renee Anderson on June 10, 2019 at 8:45 AM

June is the official start for the summer season ushering in amazing deals for enjoying the warm weather and home improvement projects. This month is full of significant savings that will keep your pockets happy. From Father’s Day deals to perfect wedding and graduation season gifts, read our guide on the best purchases for the month of June.

Create an Upcycled Utopia: The Dining Room

 Posted by Renee Anderson on June 10, 2019 at 8:37 AM

The dining room is probably the second most popular gathering place in the home after the living room. In a room that is so essential to entertaining guests, it’s important to put your best foot forward and show a flash of personality.  Upcycling is a unique way to create something that shows who you are while breathing new life into something “new to you.” Read our ideas for inspiration!

The Thrifty Outdoor Oasis

 Posted by Renee Anderson on June 10, 2019 at 8:27 AM
Expand your living space by sprucing up your outdoor space. Creating the perfect area to fit your needs is easier to remember with your indoor living space. It’s easy to forget with your outdoor living space, especially if you aren’t quite sure how to furnish it for your lifestyle.

Have You Ever Thought About Long-Term Care?

 Posted by Renee Anderson on May 13, 2019 at 4:51 PM
(Today we have a guest blogger, Ronald A. Wright, of Wright & Associates Attorneys at Law.)    Planning makes a difference. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have told a new client: “Make sure you have a Durable Power of Attorney and secondly plan out your long term care needs.”    I have heard from several sources that 70% of those reaching 65 years of age will spend some time during their lifetime in a l...

Are You Ready to Relocate? How to Prepare

 Posted by Renee Anderson on May 7, 2019 at 12:30 PM
You’ve decided to move, have chosen a new place and are excited to get ready for what’s next. The hardest part for many people is getting started on what that move looks like after you’ve found your new residence.

Moving can be both a physical and psychological process. From furniture pieces and photos that hold memories, to deciding what to purge, to the labor it takes to move each item, a plan can help simplify the moving process for anyone.

Retail vs. Resale: The Best Items to Buy In May

 Posted by Renee Anderson on May 7, 2019 at 12:20 PM
Spring blossoms preparing for summer in May. Sales are in full bloom too with the Memorial Day holiday on the horizon. May is a spectacular time to purchase a range of products like new furniture, appliances and clothing since its perfectly sandwiched between the end of spring and the start of summer.
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