Don’t Put off “TheTalk” Between You the Parent and Your Adult Children

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“The TALK” we really don’t want to talk A crisis can occur at anytime for anybody.  Thinking and taking the time to talk out your plans and make decisions is vital for your children’s well-being and peace of mind.  They often second guess their decisions at a time of crisis and wish they had more direction from you.  If you have”The Talk” and offer your children specific directions about your wishes and discuss these plans, backed up with legal documents, then your children will thank you and respect you for […]

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Fran’s e-book “Lighten Up”

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It is time to Lighten Up!  For the” Do It Yourself” folk out there –  you might like to seriously consider my help with the use of my step by step ebook “Lighten Up“ Check out how to purchase “Lighten Up” on my website www.movelady.com WHO SHOULD LIGHTEN UP? In 2012, Statistics Canada reported that there are nearly five million senior-aged people in Canada. In the US, this number is an astronomical forty-eight million. The older seniors in this group have experienced an economy affected by at least one War […]

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Is It Time to Move? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

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Many times when I speak with folks they are stressed out thinking about whether they should move to a smaller space or stay where they are. Every situation is different and every person is unique.  I often tell those I talk to that there are no easy answers to this question.   There are varying opinions from family and friends who mean well and are advising with concern and love. It is important to take time and reflect on how you want to see your future unravel.  It is important […]

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Possession Paralysis Revisited

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I found this article from the New York Times(August 22,2012) very informative.   Can you you relate to what is being said?  Do you have Possession Paralysis?? Possession paralysis, it turns out, is real. When last I checked in with University of Kansas gerontologist David J. Ekerdt about this two years ago, he and his team were investigating whether the sheer volume of possessions that older people have acquired over many decades can become an obstacle to late-life downsizing. Everyone assumes it’s true, and Dr. Ekerdt could see why it would […]

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5 Key Things A Senior Move Manager Can Do For You

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  Senior Move Management is a relatively new service in Canada, but south of the border this service has been growing steadily for the past 20 years.  The reason is simple.  For seniors, the very thought of downsizing and relocating to a smaller home is quite an overwhelming task.  For an “adult child” that does not live close to his or her parent(s), helping can be problematic.  So much so, that the decision is often postponed until a later date or indeed when a fall or accident necessitates a swift […]

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Jan, 2013

Closets – The 80/20 Rule

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CLOSETS!!  The 80/20 rules nearly always applies to closets (whether they are linen closets or clothes closets) – 80% of the time you only use 20% of the stuff in them. Linen closets can become quite jammed over the years because we never seem to want to get rid of towels or sheets, “just in case” we need them someday. Most people only use a couple of towels and washcloths and two sets of sheets. I suggest you identify only the towels and bedding you will take to your new […]

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Things, Things, Things

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Downsize Your Things NOW It is understandable that you, the senior, feels protective about the things in your home. After all, they are comfortable to you. You’ve created your own museum of special things that tell your life stories. It is a rare person that likes to think about his or her own mortality, but it is an eventuality for all of us, no matter what our age. The things we leave behind in our living space will need to be dealt with when we pass away, if we haven’t […]

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Life Changes

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  THE ART OF LIFE IS A CONSTANT READJUSTMENT TO OUR SURROUNDINGS   Look to this day, For it is life, The very life of life. In its brief course lie all The realities and verities of existence, The bliss of growth, The splendor of action, The glory of power –   For yesterday is but dream, And tomorrow is only a vision, But today well lived, Makes yesterday a dream of happiness And every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this day.   Sanskrit Proverb   […]

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Tips on Finding Community Resources

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When you begin to plan your strategy to rightsize it is very important to take time to find out what resources exist in your community. This will help you determine your options for dealing with your things. • Resources for those many books you have collected over the years Look for a used book store to pass along your books. If you have a large collection of books that you are willing to let go of, there is a good chance that the bookseller will come by and look through […]

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To Storage It Will Go or Not!!

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STORAGE -TO STORE OR NOT TO STORE… One of our senior move managers recently put 80 boxes into storage for a client preparing to move to a smaller space. 80! Another client once asked me to go to a storage unit she had to clean out. She had not been to the unit for seven years and couldn’t even remember what was in it. She had paid a monthly fee for “stuff” she thought she would deal with at a later date. The money she had spent through those years […]

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