Lifestyle Design: What Is It? How Does It Work?

By Rita Wilkins The Downsizing Designer Let me ask you a question. Did you jump out of bed today so excited about doing work you love, being with people you love, and doing what lights you up? Or Did you have to drag yourself out of bed, dreading going to a job you can’t stand, [...]

Quick-Start Guide and Checklist to Make Your Home Holiday Ready

By Rita Wilkins The Downsizing Designer With the holidays just a few short weeks away, you might be wondering how to prepare your home quickly for holiday entertaining… And, you might be wondering what you can do now to prepare ahead of time so you can truly enjoy your family, friends, and holiday season without [...]

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, [...]

A Minimalist Home: 6 Minimalist Decluttering Tips for Curating Your Home

By Rita Wilkins The Downsizing Designer Perhaps you are one of the lucky ones. You’ve already downsized to a smaller, more manageable home and in the process, you got rid of a lot of the things that you no longer wanted, needed, or used. Like all of those boxes in the basement or attic that [...]

How To Start Over in Your 60s: A New Minimalist Lifestyle

By Rita Wilkins The Downsizing Designer Are you at a new stage of your life and you want or need to start all over? If you’re in your 60s, you might be an empty nester. Your house feels empty (although a little less cluttered.) You might be wondering “what’s next?” If you’re retired or pre-retired, [...]

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 [...]

How to Emotionally Let Go of Sentimental Clutter

By Rita Wilkins The Downsizing Designer Do you hold onto things that are sentimental to you because you are afraid if you let go of them, you will lose the memories associated with them? Several years ago, after our mom and dad passed away, my siblings and I were cleaning out their home… The home [...]

Transform Your Home and Your Life: Downsize and Declutter Like a Minimalist

By Rita Wilkins The Downsizing Designer The pandemic taught us many things, perhaps one of the most important lessons: Stand back and look at your life through a new lens. Rethink what matters most, what’s essential, and what’s not. During the pandemic, many people chose to declutter their homes by removing those things that took [...]

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