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The Queen of Christmas

 Posted by FMS SuperAdministrator on September 13, 2018 at 1:26 PM

When Laura Bruce, owner of Caring Transitions in Tampa,  met Clara Scroggins, she expected it to be a pretty typical move. What she didn’t know at the time was who she was really meeting – The Queen of Christmas.

DIY Projects to Get You Organized: Repurposing the Bookshelf

 Posted by Laura Bruce 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 Laura Bruce 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 Laura Bruce 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 Laura Bruce 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 Laura Bruce 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 Laura Bruce 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 Laura Bruce 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).

The Declutter Quicklist: 15 Minutes to a Safer Clutter Free Home

 Posted by Laura Bruce on June 11, 2018 at 8:11 AM

A hazard free home is a decluttered home. Keeping your home clear and clutter free could be a small task you do daily. As you age, decluttering can be a great way to reduce fall risks and maintain your independence.

In honor of National Safety Month, we have a list of ways you can declutter in 15 minutes or less to keep your home safe for yourself and those you love.

Decluttering: 10 Tips to Make the Man Cave More Enjoyable

 Posted by Laura Bruce on June 11, 2018 at 8:08 AM

June is Men’s Health month, and what better way to keep your sanity than enjoying your Man Cave?

There may be a scientific link to mental well-being and allowing yourself to enjoy space. A recent study shows, “space is very important for regulating emotions,” says Sam Gosling, a psychology professor and author. The study also shows space as a powerful mechanism for evoking our emotions and positively impacting emotional well-being. “It’s incredibly important to be in one’s own space and resonate with who one is,” Gosling says.

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