In twenty years I have often heard “They will carry me out in a box!” I then ask, ” What about all the STUFF you have accumulated?” Their reply often is, “I’ll let my children deal with it.” WELL, I have been working on several estates lately and in homes where parents have had to … Continue reading “I’ll Leave it for My Children to DEAL WITH”
I have spent time with a client lately that considered selling her fabulous property to a developer and using the money to purchase a condo. Her home is tiny and very old. It needs plumbing, windows, wiring a furnace and roof. The foundation is crumbling and there is a problem with mold. The house is … Continue reading My home is falling apart!
Moms enjoy receiving gifts, yet as we grow older we really need fewer things. In fact many seniors are now “gifting” their children and grandchildren with things they have owned that they feel they will enjoy. So when a special occasion is approaching what does a child do? The thing seniors want most is something … Continue reading Gifts for Mom
Twenty years ago Doug and I were called to take a large load to landfill for a realtor so he could list a home. There were broken lights, broom handles, hundreds of empty margarine containers, out dated food, used nails, rolls of used string and balls of used tin foil… Seniors often have trouble throwing … Continue reading The 5 Steps of Downsizing #5 What to Discard
Many seniors have been through “tough” times and they want to sell items that will not sell. They have great difficulty donating things. As a retired teacher I often give our seniors “homework.” I hand them a new box and ask them to fill it with items that will bless someone else – nothing dirty, … Continue reading The 5 Steps of Downsizing #4 – What to Donate
CALLS CALLS CALLS People call us and say, “My children won’t take much, the consignment shop doesn’t want anything, the auctioneer is very negative about selling my furniture.” Some weeks we get many calls from people asking if we can tell them if any of their “stuff” will sell and what the value could be. … Continue reading 5 STEPS OF DOWNSIZING # 3 WHAT TO SELL
Many seniors feel they have heirlooms – items that have been in their families for generations. They actually feel a responsibility to pass them down to the next generation. Unfortunately many of the children and grandchildren really don’t want them. I have an antique biscuit jar that had been given to my grandmother’s grandmother as … Continue reading 5 Steps of Downsizing #2 What to Give to Family