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Downsizing

My How The Heart Aches When You Downsize

Cathy Chester | Posted 06.17.2014 | 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 06.13.2014 | 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.

5 Things I've Learned From Downsizing Our Lives -- Part 1

Julie Kantor | Posted 11.30.2013 | HuffPost Home
Julie Kantor

Yes, we are in the process of moving. From a four bedroom mid-century modern to a two bedroom rental located in one of the better school districts in the country.

PHOTOS: 6 Tiny Homes Perfect For Newlyweds

The Huffington Post | Shana Ecker | Posted 09.23.2013 | HuffPost Home

There are lots of benefits to living small that are particularly attractive to newlyweds. Many are financial: Mortgage costs for tiny homes, if any, a...

WATCH: Is Your 'Stuff' Holding You Back?

Posted 09.18.2013 | HuffPost Home

Soon-to-be retirees may be thrilled with the idea of packing up, selling their houses and heading down south for warmer weather. But there is one aspe...

5 Surefire Signs You're Ready to Downsize

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.16.2013 | Fifty

Eventually, we pretty much all downsize. While a few diehards may opt to stay in their large family homes until the hearse pulls into the driveway, mo...

When Downsizing Your Home Could Be an Upgrade to Your Life

Hulya Aksu | Posted 10.14.2013 | DC
Hulya Aksu

I don't want more. We don't need it. In fact, I want less. Less is so much lighter. Less is so much easier. Less is so much more affordable. Less is more elegant, more fun. Less is just so much more.

From 'Health' to 'Happiness': A Leading 50+ Expert Answers Your Questions

Alexis Abramson, Ph.D. | Posted 09.28.2013 | Fifty
Alexis Abramson, Ph.D.

As a leading lifestyle gerontologist for the 50+ population, I'm often asked a myriad of different questions.

Downsizing: "Less" Can Be "More"!

Sylvia Forrest | Posted 09.14.2013 | Denver
Sylvia Forrest

This was another fixer-upper: four usable floors and a carriage house, totaling over 5,000 square feet. Once again, we did a lot of work to the home, and made a profit when we sold. Can you guess what we bought next?

You Lost Your Job -- Now What?

Bruce Weinstein | Posted 09.08.2013 | Business
Bruce Weinstein

Believing in yourself is one of the best ways of applying the principle of compassion to your own life. Consider this as well: How can others benefit from your expertise if you don't get the word out?

How We Downsized 2,000 Sq. Ft. Into Two Rolling Duffles To See The World

Lynne Martin | Posted 09.01.2013 | Fifty
Lynne Martin

The minute we decided to disengage ourselves from most of our house and possessions so we could spend our retirement traveling internationally, the grinding elimination process began, and we were faced with deciding whose possessions were worthy of how much space!

Moving Memories

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 08.27.2013 | Parents
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

It was the house in which my oldest son took his first steps, the house in which we brought home from the hospital two more newborn baby boys, and in which we celebrated all of their accomplishments and milestones.

The Weight of My Past

Deborah Gaines | Posted 08.18.2013 | Fifty
Deborah Gaines

As I sort through 15 years of accumulation, I see how lax I've been in keeping up with the changes in my life.

The One Word That Sends Chills Down My Spine

Meryl Hartstein | Posted 08.12.2013 | Fifty
Meryl Hartstein

So now what happens as we get into our middle years? Our children have graduated college, have moved out on their own and started their own nest eggs. We are now left with our glorious homes that we've worked so hard for. Put all of our sweat and tears into only to hear, 'maybe it's time to downsize.'

Mother of the Grad Blues

Leslie Lehr | Posted 07.20.2013 | Fifty
Leslie Lehr

When she turns to scan the crowd, I wonder if she has plans after dinner tonight. I wonder if she has plans for tomorrow, or next week. I wonder if she is happy or scared, or both. I wonder if she is looking for me.