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Downsizing

5 Life Lessons I Learned From Holding A Garage Sale

Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.06.2014 | 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 10.30.2014 | 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 10.28.2014 | 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 10.24.2014 | 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 10.22.2014 | 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 ...

How To Successfully Downsize Without A Family Feud

Rachel Adelson | Posted 06.05.2014 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

People should be tolerant and strive for a balance between those who want to throw out everything and those who need to deliberate over the many decisions involved, relishing family stories and preserving family history.

End of Elite Denominational Headquarters

Martin Marty | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Less noticed has been the changing fate of buildings known by the code-name "Headquarters," which serve denominations, dioceses, synods, conventions and other religious extra-local agencies

Downsizing Is Just A 3-Step Program

Rachel Adelson | Posted 05.17.2014 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

Many of us have to acknowledge that we have more than we'll ever use before we can think about paring down what we own. "That realization, that we can live our lives with much less than what we have is the first step in being able to downsize."

Downsizing? Unclutter Your Feelings First

Rachel Adelson | Posted 04.23.2014 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

"Some items have special sentimental meaning; perhaps they represent unfinished business or an unfulfilled dream of some kind. That can make letting go of certain objects really hard to do."

How One Man Ditched His Life Chasing A Corporate Carrot

John Tarnoff | Posted 04.13.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Over a century ago, a Parisian lawyer named Paul Gauguin chucked everything in the name of freedom and moved to Tahiti to become an artist. I don't know if Arnie Cogan is also an artist (he does list himself as a photographer...) but he is definitely a Boomer whose reinvention expresses the same quest for freedom.

Getting Run Out of the Newspaper Business, and Other Good News

Jim Thomsen | Posted 02.09.2014 | Small Business
Jim Thomsen

But I surprised myself. But I didn't cry. I didn't kick anything. I didn't steal light bulbs or toilet paper or toner cartridges. Instead, as I walked past the cubicles that comprised my second home, I felt the last thing I expected to feel: pity. Not for me, but for them.

Cutting Law Schools

Frank H. Wu | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Frank H. Wu

Law schools must cut. Enrollment is down. The drop has no end in sight. It might be temporary; it might be permanent. Even if it is the former rather ...

Details on the Army's Officer Brain Drain: This Is What Cutting 2,000 Majors and Captains Could Look Like

Aaron Kletzing | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Aaron Kletzing

For all the future 'real world simulations' the Army will conduct at its training centers, there's no replacing what these officers' eyes have seen, the orders they've given, and the consequences they've dealt with in Iraq and Afghanistan.