When I work with clients who are downsizing to a smaller home, one of the hardest chores they face is letting go of sentimental belongings they no longer have room for. Souvenirs collected during travels, family heirlooms, and your children’s keepsakes can be quite stressful to part with. It doesn’t matter whether the items have monetary value or not; in fact, often the most difficult items to let go of are worthless in terms of money, but priceless in sentimental value.

Here are some tips to help you part with belongings you are attached to but no longer want to keep.

1. Remember that our memories reside within us, not within our possessions.
Psychologists say that letting go of sentimental items can be extremely therapeutic. When we keep things, the items occupy both physical and mental space in our lives. It’s healthier to focus on your memories and not the items that represent your memories.

2. Focus on the present. Letting go also helps to bring your focus to the present. Sometimes things are continual reminders of the past and hold us back from living in the present. Dwelling in the past can make one more prone to depression and can affect our ability to deal with stressful situations in our lives. Realize that while we can always cherish our memories, we don’t need the past to be happy in the present.

3. Let go of guilt. People often hold onto an item they don’t want or need because someone special gave it to them or it represents a special person. Learn to let go of the guilt associated with getting rid of gifts you can’t use. Appreciate the thoughtfulness of the giver or the special memory it represents but pass the item on to someone else who can use it or donate it to charity.

4. Don’t save it for your grown children. Times have changed and today more young adults are able to buy their own furnishings. And they aren’t as sentimental about family heirlooms as prior generations were. Talk to your kids now and find out if you are holding onto your china, crystal, and silver tea service for nothing.

5. Compromise with your spouse. It’s not uncommon for one spouse to resent the others’ favorite belongings while holding onto their own special stuff. It’s important to recognize that, while you may not understand your husband’s need to keep a ball cap for every MLB team he’s seen play, he may feel the same way about his hats that you do about keeping every book you have read. Decide together on a reasonable number to keep.

6. Start with the easy stuff. If you have a lot of belongings to sort through, start with the easier decisions and work from there. Often people find that once they get some momentum going it feels good to let go.

7. Write a family memoir. Hold onto your memories with words instead of things by writing your memoir or the story of your family. Writing your story can be very therapeutic and can help you release your hold on tangible items. 
 
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I have sold a property at 1788 Oxford Street in Halifax.
Rarely does a spectacular home like this come to market! Over 3400+ square ft. of living space, two garages, double driveways and parking for 4 all with a prime South End location! As an added bonus there is a main floor, self-contained 1-bedroom apartment, perfect as an in-law suite or Airbnb. The interior was "taken down to the stud" in 2015 and totally renovated to include new wiring, plumbing, insulation, a hot roof, new natural gas boiler, HRV, and central vac. The result is a bright and airy layout with all the right modern touches. The main floor offers a large open-concept living/dining area with natural gas fireplace; an innovative "chef's" kitchen with rich cabinetry, stunning granite countertops, dual Bosch built-in ovens - including a speed oven! Induction cooktop, and stainless-steel backsplash; a cozy den for those quiet movie nights; and a 3-piece bath. Upstairs are 3 bedrooms, including an amazing master with 4-piece en-suite, dressing room, and private deck. The third level boasts a large multi-purpose room with skylights, and adjacent 2-piece bath, offering endless possibilities. The lower level provides a laundry room, additional space for a home gym, and plenty of storage.
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I have sold a property at 94 Armcrest Drive in Lower Sackville.
First time on the market! This property has been well loved and maintained by the original owner, which shows pride of ownership and is a true reflection of the community. Upon entering the main level, you will be greeted by the sunny living room and its adjacent formal dining room, both with hardwood floors and beautiful cove moulding. Next is the large eat-in kitchen with access to the outside deck. Finishing off the main level is a handy half-bath. Upstairs are three comfortable bedrooms, including the primary with two closets (one a walk-in) and cheater-door access to a large 4-piece main bath. The lower level boasts a spacious rec room, perfect for movie nights, a utility room for storage and a home workshop, plus walk-out access to the fully-landscaped yard boasting beautiful perennial gardens - an oasis in bloom in a just a few short weeks! Laminate floors throughout the upper level, and the main level is heated and cooled by an efficient heat pump. Recently updated hot water tank (approximately 4 years) and roof (approximately 7 years), some windows replaced and a handy storage shed all provide additional value.
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I have listed a new property at 94 Armcrest Drive in Lower Sackville.
First time on the market! This property has been well loved and maintained by the original owner, which shows pride of ownership and is a true reflection of the community. Upon entering the main level, you will be greeted by the sunny living room and its adjacent formal dining room, both with hardwood floors and beautiful cove moulding. Next is the large eat-in kitchen with access to the outside deck. Finishing off the main level is a handy half-bath. Upstairs are three comfortable bedrooms, including the primary with two closets (one a walk-in) and cheater-door access to a large 4-piece main bath. The lower level boasts a spacious rec room, perfect for movie nights, a utility room for storage and a home workshop, plus walk-out access to the fully-landscaped yard boasting beautiful perennial gardens - an oasis in bloom in a just a few short weeks! Laminate floors throughout the upper level, and the main level is heated and cooled by an efficient heat pump. Recently updated hot water tank (approximately 4 years) and roof (approximately 7 years), some windows replaced and a handy storage shed all provide additional value.
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When I work with clients who are downsizing to a smaller home, one of the hardest chores they face is letting go of sentimental belongings they no longer have room for. Souvenirs collected during travels, family heirlooms, and your children’s keepsakes can be quite stressful to part with. It doesn’t matter whether the items have monetary value or not; in fact, often the most difficult items to let go of are worthless in terms of money, but priceless in sentimental value.

Here are some tips to help you part with belongings you are attached to but no longer want to keep.

1. Remember that our memories reside within us, not within our possessions.
Psychologists say that letting go of sentimental items can be extremely therapeutic. When we keep things, the items occupy both physical and mental space in our lives. It’s healthier to focus on your memories and not the items that represent your memories.

2. Focus on the present. Letting go also helps to bring your focus to the present. Sometimes things are continual reminders of the past and hold us back from living in the present. Dwelling in the past can make one more prone to depression and can affect our ability to deal with stressful situations in our lives. Realize that while we can always cherish our memories, we don’t need the past to be happy in the present.

3. Let go of guilt. People often hold onto an item they don’t want or need because someone special gave it to them or it represents a special person. Learn to let go of the guilt associated with getting rid of gifts you can’t use. Appreciate the thoughtfulness of the giver or the special memory it represents but pass the item on to someone else who can use it or donate it to charity.

4. Don’t save it for your grown children. Times have changed and today more young adults are able to buy their own furnishings. And they aren’t as sentimental about family heirlooms as prior generations were. Talk to your kids now and find out if you are holding onto your china, crystal, and silver tea service for nothing.

5. Compromise with your spouse. It’s not uncommon for one spouse to resent the others’ favorite belongings while holding onto their own special stuff. It’s important to recognize that, while you may not understand your husband’s need to keep a ball cap for every MLB team he’s seen play, he may feel the same way about his hats that you do about keeping every book you have read. Decide together on a reasonable number to keep.

6. Start with the easy stuff. If you have a lot of belongings to sort through, start with the easier decisions and work from there. Often people find that once they get some momentum going it feels good to let go.

7. Write a family memoir. Hold onto your memories with words instead of things by writing your memoir or the story of your family. Writing your story can be very therapeutic and can help you release your hold on tangible items. 
 
Read full post

I have sold a property at 1788 Oxford Street in Halifax.
Rarely does a spectacular home like this come to market! Over 3400+ square ft. of living space, two garages, double driveways and parking for 4 all with a prime South End location! As an added bonus there is a main floor, self-contained 1-bedroom apartment, perfect as an in-law suite or Airbnb. The interior was "taken down to the stud" in 2015 and totally renovated to include new wiring, plumbing, insulation, a hot roof, new natural gas boiler, HRV, and central vac. The result is a bright and airy layout with all the right modern touches. The main floor offers a large open-concept living/dining area with natural gas fireplace; an innovative "chef's" kitchen with rich cabinetry, stunning granite countertops, dual Bosch built-in ovens - including a speed oven! Induction cooktop, and stainless-steel backsplash; a cozy den for those quiet movie nights; and a 3-piece bath. Upstairs are 3 bedrooms, including an amazing master with 4-piece en-suite, dressing room, and private deck. The third level boasts a large multi-purpose room with skylights, and adjacent 2-piece bath, offering endless possibilities. The lower level provides a laundry room, additional space for a home gym, and plenty of storage.
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I have sold a property at 94 Armcrest Drive in Lower Sackville.
First time on the market! This property has been well loved and maintained by the original owner, which shows pride of ownership and is a true reflection of the community. Upon entering the main level, you will be greeted by the sunny living room and its adjacent formal dining room, both with hardwood floors and beautiful cove moulding. Next is the large eat-in kitchen with access to the outside deck. Finishing off the main level is a handy half-bath. Upstairs are three comfortable bedrooms, including the primary with two closets (one a walk-in) and cheater-door access to a large 4-piece main bath. The lower level boasts a spacious rec room, perfect for movie nights, a utility room for storage and a home workshop, plus walk-out access to the fully-landscaped yard boasting beautiful perennial gardens - an oasis in bloom in a just a few short weeks! Laminate floors throughout the upper level, and the main level is heated and cooled by an efficient heat pump. Recently updated hot water tank (approximately 4 years) and roof (approximately 7 years), some windows replaced and a handy storage shed all provide additional value.
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I have listed a new property at 94 Armcrest Drive in Lower Sackville.
First time on the market! This property has been well loved and maintained by the original owner, which shows pride of ownership and is a true reflection of the community. Upon entering the main level, you will be greeted by the sunny living room and its adjacent formal dining room, both with hardwood floors and beautiful cove moulding. Next is the large eat-in kitchen with access to the outside deck. Finishing off the main level is a handy half-bath. Upstairs are three comfortable bedrooms, including the primary with two closets (one a walk-in) and cheater-door access to a large 4-piece main bath. The lower level boasts a spacious rec room, perfect for movie nights, a utility room for storage and a home workshop, plus walk-out access to the fully-landscaped yard boasting beautiful perennial gardens - an oasis in bloom in a just a few short weeks! Laminate floors throughout the upper level, and the main level is heated and cooled by an efficient heat pump. Recently updated hot water tank (approximately 4 years) and roof (approximately 7 years), some windows replaced and a handy storage shed all provide additional value.
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