10 Tips for Simple Living


Even though the holiday season is upon us, the need for simple living is timeless. It’s just especially pertinent during a time when we’re asked to write down giant lists of things we “want,” and then frantically rack up our credit cards for gifts that people don’t really need. (Another […] Read more »

This Petite Cottage Will Totally Sell You on Downsizing


If there was ever a place that proved that small-space living doesn’t need to feel like a sacrifice, it’s the “Oceanside Retreat,” from the designers at Creative Cottages. Sure, the one-bedroom, one-bath abode might be a fraction your current house, but the careful design (and a healthy dose of white […] Read more »

Top Five Home Design Trends of 2016


Due to lifestyle changes and the changing American demographic, new trends have emerged in 2016. For color, the trend has leaned towards simplicity, which color experts say is here to stay. As Slowey writes: Homeowners are laying the groundwork for the interiors of their homes with neutral, subdued colors and […] Read more »

Eight Things You Can Discard to Downsize Your Life


How much stuff do we really need to lead a normal life? Not as much as you might think. In 2009 I moved into a 200-square-foot cottage. The rent and location were awesome, but there was one problem: Half my stuff didn’t fit in the place. So I got rid […] Read more »

Tips For Small Space Living By The Woman Who Lived in 90 Square Feet

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Living in a tiny space is not for everyone. Hundreds (dare I say thousands?) of people around the world — after watching my YouTube video — thought I was nuts for living in a 90-square-foot Manhattan studio. Living small is great for those who are more interested in acquiring experiences […] Read more »

The Homes Boomers Will Retire In


Sun City: Here we don’t come! That’s one of my takeaways from the new Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate (BHGRE) survey about the homes boomers expect to live in during retirement. As with just about everything else in their lives, the survey suggests, boomers will be choosing their retirement […] Read more »

Packrat Assets: Downsizing for Boomers


At some time most of us must do it. Most of us consider it shortly after we withdraw from our labor for subsistence. We must make our change of days complete. It is a financially advantageous thing to do, we hope, and maybe a good thing too, we justify. That […] Read more »

5 Retirement Trends for 2016


The biggest retirement trend of 2016 may be that people age 65 and over really are, finally, retiring. We’ve all heard that retirement at 65 is no longer a given because, after all, 65 is the new 55. If you’re wondering who is saying that, it is mostly baby boomers, […] Read more »

Downsizing. For baby boomers, it’s not so easy


Downsizing. Or as author Akiko Busch puts it, the art of shedding possessions. It’s a task that many baby boomers face. But where to start, and what to choose? For boomers, it’s not so easy. On the website of our friends at PBS, NextAvenue.org, Busch explains that getting rid of […] Read more »

Best Downtowns For Empty-Nesters


It didn’t take long after Warren Bland retired as a professor of geography at California State University, Northridge, for him and his wife Sarah to realize that 37 years was enough of suburban life. Too much driving and not enough entertainment were two big factors in their move to downtown […] Read more »