Putting the Family to Work

Edna reports that she really enjoyed the annual visit of her son and his family this year because, instead of trying to keep them entertained, she enlisted their help in her downsizing efforts. She hadn’t realized how much fun her twin, sixteen year old granddaughters could be until she turned them loose with boxes of […]

To Gain Cooperation – Increase Your People Skills

If you are trying to work with either an Accidental Hoarder or a Packrat you may have become frustrated with your lack of progress. There’s a reason for that. I have taught the D.I.S.C. personality profile for over 25 years, and there are several principles which I was taught: You cannot motivate another person. People […]

“Signs” of Life

“The binoculars are under the kitchen sink.” I know this because I left myself a memo about it and propped it against the window over the sink. Ever since my short-term memory deserted me to go play shuffle board in Florida, I have been resorting to more and more strategies such as leaving notes. Now […]

Downsizing: Sell or Donate?

A recent blog post I came across reminded why I haven’t had a yard sale since 1980. It was a large sale with items from various family members and we all got along well doing it but we agreed that the return on the energy expenditure didn’t add up to much. On the other hand […]