How To Combat Clutter and Become Your Own Clutter Boss

By Rita Wilkins The Downsizing Designer If you look around your house right now, is it filled with clutter? Clutter is that daily reminder that you probably own too much stuff and that slowly but surely, it is overtaking your house…and your life. There’s the obvious clutter… The dirty dishes on the kitchen table or [...]

5 Years Later: What I Discovered When I Decluttered and Downsized

By Rita Wilkins The Downsizing Designer It was a little over 5 years ago when I downsized from my 5000-square-foot home in the country and move to an 867-square-foot condo in Philadelphia. I gave away 95% of my belongings. I can honestly say I have no regrets and I’ve never been happier. In the process, [...]

Top 5 Tips to Stay Focused When Decluttering for Retirement

By Rita Wilkins The Downsizing Designer For many of you baby boomers in your 50s and 60s, you’re thinking about retirement… A life after career A life filled with more fun and less stress A smaller home with less work and less expense When you look around your home at all of the stuff you’ve [...]

What To Do When Your Kids Leave Home But Their Stuff Stays?

By Rita Wilkins The Downsizing Designer For those of you who are decluttering, getting ready to downsize, or age-in-place, are you wondering how to get your adult kids to remove their stuff that might be sitting in their childhood bedrooms, your attic, garage, or basement? This is a real problem and an emotional one for [...]

The Minimalist Mindset: How to Live More with Less

By Rita Wilkins The Downsizing Designer For those of you who know me, follow me, or have ever been to my home or office, you would likely not think of me as a minimalist because I continue to surround myself with a number of hand-selected beautiful things that I’ve collected over many years as an [...]

Minimalist Living: What is Clutter Blindness?

By Rita Wilkins The Downsizing Designer Have you ever gotten so used to seeing something that you don’t even notice it anymore? The boots and snow shovels from last winter that still sit in your mudroom. The old winter coats that no longer fit but take up room in your hall closet. The kid’s trophies [...]

How To Lead A Minimalist Lifestyle 

Do You Want To Live A Minimalist Lifestyle?  Are you tired of all the clutter in your home? Do you dream of living a minimalist lifestyle? Do you wish you could easily learn minimalist tips for decluttering your home? If so – I have good news for you! Hi, I’m Rita Wilkins, the Downsizing Designer. [...]

Don’ts and Dos of Downsizing in Your 60s

By Rita Wilkins The Downsizing Designer If you are in your 60s, you might be thinking a lot about downsizing and decluttering: Moving to a smaller home. Preparing your home for aging in place. Getting your home and your life in order “just in case” something happens. Or maybe you just want a different kind [...]

Downsizing and Decluttering in Your 60s: When and How to Start

By Rita Wilkins The Downsizing Designer “The secret to happiness is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” ~ Socrates What is it about turning 60 that changes us? I have a big birthday coming up soon so perhaps I’m being a little nostalgic, meaning this blog is coming [...]

How To Get Started Decluttering

You Can Get Started Decluttering Your Home Today  You’ve made the decision to start decluttering your home. You want to get rid of all those things you don’t need. However, getting started on decluttering is the hardest part. You’re not sure how to take that first step. Don’t worry – you don’t have to start [...]

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