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3 Reasons Vintage Furniture Is Not Just "Old Furniture"

 Posted by Michael Ivan on October 15, 2018 at 8:04 AM
Vintage American made furniture?... Isn't that the old-style stuff mom and dad furnished their home with? Half of which was handed down from grandma? And, didn't half of grandma's furniture come from her older relatives? "Yes" is usually the answer. The word "vintage", when properly used should be followed by referencing the era the item is from, such as "vintage 1950s". The purpose of describing furniture as vintage is to connect it to a certain style typified by the era, but, also to inform, or remind, the buyer that the item was made to better quality standards than is today's furniture.

7 Ways A Clean Home Supports Healthy Aging

 Posted by Michael Ivan on September 20, 2018 at 7:48 AM

We have a list of 7 ways a healthy home can help you age well. With so many benefits to clearing your home of clutter, why wouldn’t you consider reclaiming your space? The benefits can extend your quality of life now and in the long run. You can complete tasks efficiently, reduce the risk of illness, and boost your mental clarity.

Are Family Heirlooms Hiding In Your Home?

 Posted by Michael Ivan on September 20, 2018 at 7:44 AM

Have you ever asked yourself “Do I have anything interesting that truly tells a story about my life?” Most of us would say no. As we grow comfortable in our homes and nestle in over the years, we make memories, connections, and bonds that add value to life. In many cases, memorable moments are tied to an item of significance that tells a story or holds a part of history.

You could have an heirloom right under your nose without realizing it!

DIY Projects to Get You Organized: Repurposing the Bookshelf

 Posted by Michael Ivan on August 10, 2018 at 8:50 AM
The first step in getting organized is making sure every item in your home has a designated place and space. One item that has multiple purposes is the bookshelf. Before you throw away that old shelving unit, consider new ways to use it. Repurposed bookshelves and bookcase units, can add extra storage and display space to give wayward items a home. Besides using this space to display books, you could find a range of new uses like displaying beaut...

Never Buy These Nine Items New

 Posted by Michael Ivan on August 10, 2018 at 8:47 AM
With markups on retail items ranging from 50-500% and sometimes more, quality gently used or resale items are becoming more and more appealing. According to BusinessInsider.com, “[t]he reasons for steep markup prices depend on the product. It could be that the item is in high demand, is difficult to make, or holds a great amount of symbolic value.” In many cases, purchasing an item used can give you like new quality at a fraction of the retail price.

Best Resale Buys for Fall

 Posted by Michael Ivan on August 10, 2018 at 8:37 AM
With Fall on the horizon, the approaching seasonal change signals the perfect time to shop for great deals! Temperatures and prices seem to drop simultaneously throughout September to November.  We have a list of items that are perfect to find gently used for your home, wardrobe or leisure.HomeAugust ushers in excellent deals to prepare your home for the beauty of Fall. Deeper color hues that complement the changes in nature can help transform yo...

7 Signs You Have Too Much “Stuff”

 Posted by Michael Ivan on July 13, 2018 at 8:07 AM
Has your personal property or “stuff” taken over your space? It may be time to clear the clutter from your home. We have 7 signs to help you decide if your possessions are holding you back from truly enjoying your home. In many cases, we can become immune to the number of items we accumulate over time because we have grown accustomed to it always being there. Essentially it becomes a part of your living environment and we begin to accept the plac...

“Letting Go” to Age in Place

 Posted by Michael Ivan on July 13, 2018 at 8:04 AM
If you are considering retiring in your own home, it is important to create a plan to do so comfortably. There are many issues that arise that can make the upkeep and maintenance of homeownership during retirement a challenge. 

One way to prepare to age in place is clearing the home to decrease mobility hazards and reduce the stress of maintaining excess or unnecessary belongings. 

According to Andrew Mellen, a prominent Professional Organizer, there are three ground rules to follow when preparing your home for your future as a retiree...

Finding a Great Home for Your Valuables

 Posted by Michael Ivan on July 13, 2018 at 8:02 AM

As baby boomers prepare to downsize or age in place, streamlining possessions becomes a necessity. In most cases, boomer parents find it difficult to find the right home for their valued items. They discover their children are not interested in taking their collections of china sets or paintings.

Despite the challenge of finding a new home for these items, it is still a task that is essential to safely aging in place. An estate sale or online estate sale/auction may be a choice to consider for clearing space in the home.

Aging Veterans and PTSD: How to Advocate for Those You Love

 Posted by Michael Ivan on June 25, 2018 at 8:10 AM

Today, more than ever, mental health is a pressing issue that none of us can ignore. This, of course, wasn’t always the case. Mental health has historically been an uncomfortable and often shameful topic. This is especially true for our aging Veterans. Read expert tips from Anthony Marsh, Attorney at Law, to help an aging veteran get the treatment and compensation they deserve through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

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