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, [...]

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 [...]

Top 5 Decluttering Tips for Retirement

By Rita Wilkins The Downsizing Designer If you are starting to prepare for retirement, chances are you’re also thinking about how to get rid of a lot of excess stuff in your home so you can make room for that new stage of life filled with more freedom and a lot less stuff. It’s actually [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

Learn About Minimalism At Your Own Pace 

Do You Want to Learn More About Minimalism And Decluttering?  If you’re interested in a minimalist lifestyle and minimalist design but have no idea how to start making use of minimalist ideas if your life, you’re not alone. To live a minimalist lifestyle, you will likely need to declutter your home, which can be a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

5 Minimalist Lifestyle Hacks to a Simpler More Relaxing Summer

By Rita Wilkins The Downsizing Designer Summer is here… Are you having fun yet? Or are you still rushing around, shopping, packing to get away so you can finally relax and have fun? It sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? Hurry up so you can relax! And then, after all of the running around, you [...]

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