Tips for Downsizing


October 2018

By Elyse Umlauf-Garneau

If you're considering making a move to a smaller home or cashing out of our pricey San Francisco Bay Area market to an area where you can get more for your money, reach out to Cheryl at 415-999-3450 or [email protected].

Six tips for downsizing:

Downsizing a home can lead to lots of stress and anxiety for anyone who loves their belongings but hates living in clutter. Seniors, empty nesters or people moving from a suburban home to a city apartment all face the challenge of creating a new living space with limited room for furniture, accessories, clothes and collectibles. But if you come up with a plan before you downsize, you can create a comfortable and stylish environment made for daily living.

Here are six tips for organizing and/or downsizing your life to live comfortably in a cozier space.

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Accessibility Features Get More Popular

home layout

According to the American Institute of Architects’ AIA Home Design Trends Survey results for Q2 2018, home accessibility features are getting more popular.

And that could be a good thing for the future of aging in place. Learn more at:

Tai Chi and Preventing Falls

You’ve done everything possible – corralled wires, installed grab bars, secured area rugs, and cleared away floor clutter-- in your home to prevent falls.

Now it may be time to take further steps by considering exercise and balance.

A recent study shows that practicing Tai Chi (, the ancient martial art, is powerful in improving balance and reducing falls in the elderly.

Tai Chi reduced falls by 58 percent, compared with stretching alone and by 31% compared with a multimodal exercise intervention, according to "Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance ("

Learn more about Tai Chi and find classes and groups in your community. See:

The Harvard Gazette:


American Tai Chi and Qigong Association

American Tai Chi and Qigong Association Class locator:

Nature and the End of Life

No one wants to contemplate the end of life.

But if you’re interested in one view of how making dying less clinical and how embracing the power of nature can ease the anguish of those last days, read the short opinion piece “In Life’s Last Moments, Open a Window” in the New York Times.

The writer, Rachel Clarke, specializes in palliative care with Britain’s National Health Service, and shares the benefits of providing patients access to the views and sounds of the natural world.  See:

Revisiting Vanished Sounds

Remember the sound of a manual typewriter? An adding machine? The whoosh of an old-school dial phone?

If you’re nostalgic for those old sounds and long to hear them again, Conserve the Sound has you covered.  The online museum is dedicated to preserving sounds that are gone from our daily lives.

The site is organized in a way that allows you easily hunt for the sounds you miss, and its categories include decades, computers, office, and so forth.

Remember the clicks of a Viewmaster? Hear it here: A shaver ( A Polaroid Camera (  

Visit Conserve the Sound ( and hunt for your favorite long-gone noise.



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