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Downsizing Might Not Be The Panacea You Think It Is

Buck Wargo | Posted 10.02.2015 | Fifty
Buck Wargo

Downsizing. It's a word that's long been part of the American lexicon and should come into even sharper focus as Baby Boomers age and more and more retire.

Layoffs Begin At NY Daily News

Capital New York | Gabriel Arana | Posted 09.16.2015 | Media

The Daily News began another round of cuts on Wednesday morning, marking the latest in a series of downsizings that have rocked the struggling tabloid...

Think Small and Dwell Down for Retirement

Wm. Scott Page | Posted 09.09.2015 | Fifty
Wm. Scott Page

From 1978 to 2013, the average single family home grew from 1,780 to 2,660 square feet. This means more house to heat and cool, more space to clean and maintain, and more room for more stuff. And while the average house was growing, the typical family was shrinking, as the average family went from having three kids in the 1970s to two in the 2010s.

7 Tips for Downsizing Without the Heartache

Marie Marley | Posted 09.03.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

It isn't uncommon for people to want to downsize to a smaller home either when they retire or just before retirement. Let's look at reasons they do that, some of the heartaches that can be associated with it and 7 tips for avoiding that heartache.

Why Downsizing In Retirement Might Be A Terrible Idea

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.28.2015 | Fifty

The prevailing advice for retirees and their first cousins -- pre-retirees -- is to downsize their homes. The logic goes like this: With your kids la...

Downsizing My Home and Discovering That I Am a Hoarder

Arlene Nisson Lassin | Posted 08.26.2015 | Fifty
Arlene Nisson Lassin

Since when does any human need 58 glass vases? Why did I find myself keeping that number of vases anyway? The answer to the second question is in the ridiculous amount of cabinet, storage and closet space I had in my home.

Over 50? Supersize Your Retirement Savings

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 08.12.2015 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

Nearly half of households led by individuals or couples aged 55 and older having no retirement savings accounts at all. If this describes your situation, you have a tough problem -- but not an impossible one. The key is getting advice and taking immediate steps to budget, save, spend and invest.

How To Downsize Your Home In 9 Easy Steps

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 08.11.2015 | Fifty
Linda DeMers Hummel

It was true. My kids were grown and gone, I was divorced, and it was time to leave my home of 26 years for something smaller and more manageable. Gulp. The word 'downsizing' sounds harsh to me. Somehow it conveys your life isn't as important -- as vital -- as it used to be.

How To Say Goodbye To Your Family Home

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 08.10.2015 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

My father died in our family home in 2011, my mother this past November. Now it is time to say goodbye. No 'thing' has ever been part of my life for over a half century. So I am not really sure how to properly say goodbye.

10 Ways to Become Financially Independent

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 08.05.2015 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

People can choose to define financial independence in their own way -- after all, not everyone wants a private jet and a mansion. However reaching real financial independence -- the ability to live comfortably off one's savings and investments with no debt whatsoever -- could be easier than you think.

Forget Downsizing: Many Homeowners Are Choosing To Buy Bigger For Retirement

Buck Wargo | Posted 07.28.2015 | Fifty
Buck Wargo

So much for the conventional wisdom of downsizing your home when you retire. A huge percentage of families are moving into bigger homes -- many to make room for adult children who didn't fare so well during the recent recession.

Moving a Parent? How to Hire a Senior Move Manager

Laura McHolm | Posted 07.16.2015 | HuffPost Home
Laura McHolm

Moving a parent is accompanied with unique challenges and emotions. Not only is there the task of downsizing a home lived in for decades, there are the deep emotions that come from saying goodbye to a lifetime of belongings and a well-loved home full of treasured moments.

How To Avoid Getting Downsized

John Tarnoff | Posted 06.23.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Boomers face the increasing perception that they are getting long in the tooth, and that younger managers are better prepared to lead project teams going forward. Yet the truth is that over 80 percent of corporate managers are not only ill-suited to their jobs, but their lack of leadership negatively impacts profitability.

How Downsizing Is Actually Making Our Lives Bigger

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 06.08.2015 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

Our house is sold, and we've bought another. In the next few weeks I will pack, sort, store and toss 24 years of living. Fortunately I've always been good at purging, so much of the work has been done already. But still.

What It's Really Like To Sell Your Stuff And Move To Italy

Lisa Condie | Posted 05.11.2015 | Fifty
Lisa Condie

Three years ago this month, as I ordered an espresso in a small café in Rome, I made the decision to sell 90 percent of my earthly possessions in exchange for a life in Italy. It was a decision that has brought me joy, freedom and adventure; but it came at the price of living very small.

Saying Farewell To Our Family Home After 24 Years

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 05.03.2015 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

I know this place. For 24 years we've lived here. I arrived, not quite 30-years-old with my one-year-old baby girl in my arms. I had fought moving to the suburbs for two years, but my husband was right -- it was a wonderful place to raise a family. So that's what we did. Now we're leaving.


Dr. Natasha Josefowitz | Posted 05.18.2015 | Fifty
Dr. Natasha Josefowitz

I remember the house my mother died in at age 96. She had lived there for over 60 years, and it was a confusion of stuff -- wonderful souvenirs mixed in with tax returns from over 50 years ago and children's letters mixed with old receipts

Are Newspapers on the Ropes?

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.07.2015 | Business
William B. Bradshaw

There is no question about it: most newspapers in the United States are on the ropes. They are not yet down and out, but they are close to that knockout blow. I know this, as most of you readers do, from personal experience.

4 Things I've Learned Living In A Tiny House

Laurie Levy | Posted 04.14.2015 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

When my mother moved from her condo into a senior retirement apartment at age 89, she was overwhelmed. So were her children. What to do with all of the stuff she had accumulated over a lifetime? Turns out, there are folks who help people with this type of move.

Resetting Your Life for Retirement

Jason Alderman | Posted 03.17.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Here are some suggestions to help you figure out where you are on the pre-retirement spectrum and some changes you might consider.

5 Life Lessons I Learned From Holding A Garage Sale

Ann Brenoff | Posted 01.06.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Who knew that the keys to unlocking the mysteries of the universe could be found in a garage sale? Actually, the keys to the universe's mysteries were...

Downsizing After Divorce Isn't All Bad

Lisa Thomson | Posted 12.30.2014 | Divorce
Lisa Thomson

Sometimes I have to remind myself that being here in this place, is a blessing for now. When it's time we'll be in our home with our yard, garden and flowers maybe even a cat or a dog. I won't be giving my friends a house tour though because they will be there to see us and not the house.

So You've Been Laid Off or Fired. What That Really Means.

Steve Rhode | Posted 12.28.2014 | Business
Steve Rhode

The lesson to be learned here is that nobody is entitled to any job; tomorrow can always be your last day no matter what you think.

The #1 Dumb Thing Businesses Do to Hurt Themselves

Laura Stack | Posted 12.23.2014 | Business
Laura Stack

If you really want to hurt your business, ignore what your customers want. Let me give you a few examples of this stupid business trick in action.

Why You Shouldn't Believe Everything You Read About Downsizing

Kevin B. Morrow | Posted 12.22.2014 | Fifty
Kevin B. Morrow

While baby boomers are making choices about downsizing and many others -- what the forecasters are missing is what so many pundits have missed repeatedly in the past about the baby boomers since reporting on their lives became a national past time.