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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Downsizing, not just for seniors anymore...

Sorry to say, but it doesn't appear that this recession will be over as quickly as we had all hoped.  As I check in with past clients, I find that a number of them have lost their jobs, most of them are women and they are no where near retirement age.

Those of us who are self-employed have probably taken a hit in our businesses as well.  I know I have, and I know that many of my networking partners have as well.  Nothing is like it use to be and we are all just trying to figure out how we will manage our futures.

"Downsizing" maybe one of the most popular words of this decade.  I hear it everywhere - companies downsize and so do people.  Even one of my favorite restaurants has downsized their menu.   We are all looking for ways to cut our costs and drop anything that is not absolutely needed.

In my business, downsizing used to be confined to seniors and elders who would be trading in their larger homes and moving to smaller senior quarters, as the kids were grown and moved away.  However, now my much younger clients are leaving their larger homes - still with kids in tow - in hopes of cutting their expenses.

But here's the good news - discovering that we can live happily with less stuff, and with less space - that a lot of the stuff we had been buying, and carting around with us - really doesn't serve us and we perhaps we are even better off without it.

"We are spending less money and enjoying each other more."  As I checked in with a family I helped move last year, I was very pleased to hear my client say, "I sure didn't think I would be happy when we we decided to move and give up the house we had built, one car, and all that stuff we had accumulated.  The boys share a room now, and guess what, the fighting has almost stopped!  They get along so much better and actually help each other with homework.  That alone has been worth all the headache of moving."

If you are thinking that "downsizing" maybe a good strategy for you and your family, there's help in many forms.  My friend, author, Ciji Ware, has written the handbook "Rightsizing Your Life".  As Ciji went through this process several years ago, she took notes, which turned into a great "how to" book for all of us.

And, you don't have to do it alone - I work with people every day who are making changes in the way they want to live.  So don't be afraid to pick up the phone and call me.  I can help you put together a downsizing/rightsizing plan and relieve the stress and return control to your life.

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