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The Many Upsides to Downsizing

REALTOR® News & Views

The word downsizing comes with a highly negative connotation. When, in reality, it should be called smartsizing or rightsizing. What could be smarter than living efficiently in a dwelling that fits your lifestyle and family’s needs perfectly? Close your eyes and visualize this: an efficient home where all space is used, all possessions have a home, and there are no dumping grounds of long forgotten “treasures” and unused furniture. Sound like your house? Most likely not and you are not alone. Understanding the benefits of downsizing is the easy part, committing to do it is the hard part. . .

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Downsizing Your Mother’s Home

Advantage Home Care Blog

When you’ve lived a long, full life, chances are you have the “stuff” to prove it. Packed away in the attic, strewn about the cellar and garage, scattered throughout your entire home. If you’re like most people, just the thought of having to deal with it is overwhelming, let alone actually tackling the project. When it’s your parent’s house that needs to be cleaned out, the task is somehow even more daunting.

Fortunately for Cathy Morrow, of Yarmouth, her parents had already downsized once, back in 1985, when they built a smaller house. Yet, when the time came to downsize again, Cathy says she wasn’t sure where to begin. . .

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Freeport Woman’s Club speakers to discuss managing the stress of moving to new home

Tri-Town Weekly website

Sisters Liz Pattison and Kim Dorsky will share their expertise on the often-daunting process older people can face of moving from their longtime home to a smaller place, during the monthly meeting of the Freeport Woman’s Club on Friday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m., at the Freeport Community Library.

Pattison and Dorsky own SimplySized Home, which helps clients with the selling and moving processes. Lois Lengyel of Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International also will speak at the meeting. . .

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When it’s time to deal with generations of stuff, call in the pros

Bangor Daily News website

When Mary Hockmeyer was looking to move from her 200-year-old farmhouse in New Hampshire to a retirement community in Maine, she knew she needed help.

“I think I would have had a nervous breakdown if I’d had to do it on my own,” the 79-year-old said with a laugh. “My [late] husband and I had lived there for 30 years, and there was a barn, too.”

When Hockmeyer made the move in December to her newer, smaller place at Oceanview Retirement Village in Falmouth, she did it with the help of sisters Liz Pattison and Kim Dorsky. . .

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