Top 8 Lessons I Learned from My Mom About Keeping It Simple

By Rita Wilkins The Downsizing Designer Have you ever sat down to make a list of all of the things you learned from your mother? In all of these years, I’ve never actually made a list, but once I got started, I couldn’t stop! So far, I have 73 items on my list. I was [...]

Remodeling? How to Max Out Your Bath Design

By Rita Wilkins The Downsizing Designer As with any remodeling project, if you want it to be successful, the time and effort you put into it upfront can make all the difference. If you want to maximize the space you have, it’s important to first focus on the design of what’s possible for your bathroom. [...]

By |2021-08-30T08:11:23+00:00August 31st, 2021|Home Decorating, how to utilize space in your house, Interior design, Interiors, money, Renovation, Residential, Space Planning|Comments Off on Remodeling? How to Max Out Your Bath Design

Design the Life You Love: What Is Lifestyle Design Anyway?

By Rita Wilkins The Downsizing Designer “Everyone dies, but not everyone has truly lived” - CS Lewis This is one of my all-time favorite quotes because it reminds me that each day, we have a choice… To live an ordinary life or to live an extraordinary life! It’s about creating a clear vision for your [...]

By |2021-08-11T14:44:24+00:00August 17th, 2021|Design, lifestyle, minimalism, money, simplicity, simplify your life|Comments Off on Design the Life You Love: What Is Lifestyle Design Anyway?

Downsize by Decluttering

Downsizing is on the minds of many Americans…especially now! And, particularly with Baby Boomers who are or will become empty nesters in the not too distant future. With fewer day-to-day responsibilities, they’ve suddenly discovered more time and freedom to pursue interests that have been put on the back burner. And, even if you’re not a [...]

Quick Start Guide To Designing The Life And Career You Love!

The first step to building the life you want is to let go of the life you don't want. Change is hard. Any transition requires that we shift our thinking from the way things have always been to the way they could possibly be. Taking time to evaluate what we want - and don't want [...]

By |2021-01-14T11:09:11+00:00July 24th, 2020|lifestyle, money, personal growth|Comments Off on Quick Start Guide To Designing The Life And Career You Love!

New towns and new friends

Rita Good morning, and welcome to day 23 of my 30 day journey to the South of France and today I'm here with a new friend Patricia Brooks.  We're in this beautiful town that she chose to move to just a little over a couple of months ago, right?   Patricia I’ve been in France [...]

Downsizing From the Inside Out – Make Room for the Life You REALLY Want

Have you downsized from a larger home to a smaller one? It was fun and easy, right? Do you still have unopened boxes that you have no clue what’s inside of them?     Have you ever asked yourself WHY you brought so many things with you even though you knew you were trying to downsize? [...]

8 Hacks to Glam Up Your Small Space

As a specialist in downsizing, along with years of remodeling for clients, I have come across many unique small homes that do a wonderful job of maximizing available space. The trick be minimal in your approach: remove clutter and focus on features that elicit feelings of openness: light, simplicity and air. But we need our [...]

Baby Boomers Want to Relax and Rejuvenate in 2018

  Baby boomers may be burning out, and looking to spend more time relaxing and rejuvenating on their next vacation, according to a recent AARP study. The Baby Boomer age group expects to take four or five leisure trips next year, spending almost $6,400 on travel (the same or more than they spent in 2017), [...]


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