Looking Back – Looking Ahead on Downsizing

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This past year has seen a consistent pattern of household downsizing in developed countries such as Canada, the USA, the UK and Australia. However, I expect this trend to increase and accelerate in 2019 for three important reasons.
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Keep the Joy – Downsize Christmas

 

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Joy to you this Christmas season!

If you are still working on your final touches for the 25th, you may find some helpful suggestions here. These tips from young experts in minimalism cover popular, Christmas downsizing topics: gifts, decor and budget. A minimalist message for today is very fitting. After all, the first Christmas began in a stable feeding trough. How simple. How humble.
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The Downside of Downsizing

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All of the prior posts in the series “Retire – Downsize – …” have been about the positive lifestyle one can anticipate in retirement. Activities covered so far include golf, reflect/solitude, teach, learn, volunteer, play music, work, paint/draw, go South, read and travel. Although most downsizing projects are very busy and intense, they come off smoothly with a few bumps along the way. However, the downsizing process can also be risky. Here’s why.

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Retire – Downsize – Golf

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Avid golfers who are close to retiring usually look forward to more golfing on the next chapter of their life. Some ensure there is more “time on the green” by downsizing to a golf community with like-minded retirees. For Canadians, there are at least three variations of this approach that allow for maximum time on the course despite Canadian winters.

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Your Natural Declutter Method?

Declutter Methods

No one needs strategies on how to acquire stuff but we are always looking for help on how to organize and get rid of stuff. The minimalism trend has strongly influenced the most popular methods that you may have tried or heard of. Some are more practical than others. There are probably one or two that you find “natural” for your personality and lifestyle. Here are three of the most famous ones.

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