Retire – Downsize – Write/Blog

Blog-on-beach

A blog is a natural outlet for those who have bottled up stories, opinions and memories to be released when retiring. A busy working or family life can cause one to stuff a lot of content into the background for a future date. If you are looking to channel your thoughts into creative writing, blogging might be for you. Here are some ideas on how to get started.

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What’s after Stuffocation?

Family room and stuff

Author James Wallman takes readers beyond the typical “how to declutter” approach in handling our stuff and our life to something deeper and more life-changing. This post includes a short video of Wallman along with his suggestion on how to increase our happiness while downsizing our stuff and lifestyle.

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Retire – Downsize – Travel

Travel-Volkswagen-Bug

One of the most popular trends for boomers in the GTA who are retiring is to downsize and do some travelling*. Usually, they are moving to a smaller residence and want to enjoy some their well-earned retirement with a travel vacation. Here are some things to consider if this describes you.

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A Retirement Home is a Problem Solver

Deckchair at a retirement home
It is very common to consider a retirement home lifestyle as a means of solving difficult situations arising from living in a traditional home. This might be the result of a sudden change in one’s life or a gradual shift in day-to-day living that is finally recognized. Here is a list of typical problems that others have experienced along with the solutions they enjoyed by moving to a retirement home. (With videos.)
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Your home is a Memory Museum

Dried Rose and Old Photo Memory

If your family home is filled with many happy memories of relatives, friends or events, there may be a tendency to view the home as a “Memory Museum”, helping the family recall those good times. However, that can be a stumbling block when it is time to step into the future.
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How to help your parents downsize

The best way of helping your parents downsize depends on who wants them to do so:  you, them or all of you. Each situation requires a different approach. Here are some suggestions:
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