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Downsizing

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.

Downsizing!

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.

Ruthless Revitalization: On Clearing Out the "Deadwood"

Laura Stack | Posted 12.14.2014 | Business
Laura Stack

GE's former CEO Jack Welch was famous for firing the bottom 10% of producers in his company every year. He believed this benefited the company because...

The Day I Became Lost In A Time Warp

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 12.09.2014 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

As I sat cross-legged on the dusty, splintered attic floor, emptying and sorting through each box, I became lost in a time warp. The floor was my canvas, I was the artist, and the assorted articles that encircled me in various, colors, shapes and textures, were the medium that portrayed my life.

How Travel Taught Me to Live With Less

Cliff Hsia | Posted 12.07.2014 | Travel
Cliff Hsia

Take your first step to living a fuller and more meaningful life by living with less. Do something. Donate some clothes, give away some toys, sell the extra car. Simplify your life.

How To Face The World After You've Been Downsized

John Tarnoff | Posted 12.07.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Over the course of my 2.5-career reinventions over the past 25 years, my three top lessons have been the following.

The Process That Gave Me An Intense Trip Down Memory Lane

Suzanne Braun Levine | Posted 12.07.2014 | Fifty
Suzanne Braun Levine

Recently, I have been immersed in memories of people and times long past, as I packed up to move from the apartment where we had lived for 18 years and raised our children. I had to go through our 'stuff' including boxes and boxes marked simply 'memories,' a couple of which hadn't been untaped since our last move. A lot of it had to go.

The 5 Stages Of Stuff: How To Make Downsizing Easier

Rachel Adelson | Posted 11.19.2014 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

Theory is one thing, practice is another. I could write all day about aging in place and downsizing. Hey, wait. I have written all day about aging in place and downsizing. Then I actually downsized. And moved. And lived in a hotel for a month in between. It was all such a hassle that all I could think was, 'No wonder people put this off!'

A Better Idea Than a Bucket List

Jane Adams Ph.D. | Posted 10.27.2014 | Fifty
Jane Adams Ph.D.

Instead, I've taken a last look at my worn, tattered bucket list, crossed off things I don't care a hoot about, and divided what's left into categories labeled "Still Theoretically Possible."

How To Change Your Life Just By Moving Your Furniture

Stephanie Bennett Vogt | Posted 10.18.2014 | Fifty
Stephanie Bennett Vogt

It wasn't just things that needed changing up. Moving things also meant moving on, which in our case meant embracing a new chapter as empty-nesters: letting go, adjusting, more letting go. There is no getting around the past when everything in the home points to it.

My How The Heart Aches When You Downsize

Cathy Chester | Posted 08.17.2014 | Fifty
Cathy Chester

We're getting ready to move from the home we built twenty-one years ago. It's time to downsize, time to begin a new path by stepping forward into the next chapter of our lives. I'm having a hard time with this.

Baby-Boomer Downsizing? Perhaps Not So Fast

Jed Kolko | Posted 08.13.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

While the share of 50- to 69-year-olds living in multi-unit buildings rose slightly in 2012 and 2013, the long-term trend among older households shows...

An Unexpected Layoff Led This Couple To A Simpler, Happier Country Life

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 04.30.2014 | Travel

When Michelle Van Doren's husband, Carl, was laid off from his job with the federal government in September 2013, the couple gave themselves a deadlin...

Through the Winter, 5 More Things I Have Learned From Downsizing Our Lives

Julie Kantor | Posted 06.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Julie Kantor

I shared seven months ago (Part 1) that we downsized from a 4 bedroom home to a two bedroom apartment rental last August and the excitement, joy and ...