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Downsizing continues as Baby Boomers retire in huge numbers

10,000. That’s how many Baby Boomers will retire every day through 2030, according to a Pew Research Study. For some, it’s the beginning of new adventures. For others, it’s time to downsize and figure out what’s next. And for most people, it’s time to downsize. And yes – I’m in that mode right now.

One of the most difficult things for people who are preparing for retirement is to downsize incrementally, yet it can be the most cleansing part of the process of moving forward. Here are a few tips to consider:

Baby steps for Baby Boomers. You don’t need to tackle everything at once. Pick small projects each month. Go through one shelf in a closet or one file cabinet drawer. Label three bins (Keep, Toss and Donate). If you choose to keep something, make sure it’s something you really need moving forward. Then Toss and Donate the other items the same week (so you don’t have time to change your mind).

One thing to keep in mind is that most children and grandchildren don’t have space for all your treasures. Have conversations with them before you downsize about whether or not there are items in your home they might cherish. And don’t hold it against them if they don’t want your great-grandmother’s teapot.

When it’s time to replace home furnishings, start to consider the need to downsize in a few years. Think ahead to what makes sense in the next five to eight years.

Instead of a 70” flatscreen television, consider instead a 40” TV Mirror – which is both a smart, flatscreen television and a beautiful mirror. Something that will work well in any environment for years to come should be the first thing to check off your list when you shop.

Downsizing doesn’t have to consume you – it can be very cleansing and satisfying. If you’re in your early 60s, it’s not too early to lessen your load and prepare for the wonders yet to come.

The best gift of all this holiday season? Time spent together as a family!

Let’s face it. 2017 has been a tough year for everyone. Natural disasters have taken a toll on many families and friends. The political climate is crazy. And many people have started clinging to each other to find some peace.

As the holiday seasons approach, I’m vowing to simplify things, to allow for more meaningful conversations and less noise. With three children (and their spouses) and four grandchildren, that can be difficult (but not impossible). So, I’m planning now to make this season our best holiday yet – and mom (grandma) controls the TV time this year.

One thing I’m doing is to create “safe” zones in my home – places where people can relax without external noise and video games. I have several locations in my home with no televisions, but there are other times it would be useful to have a smart television in certain spots to put on shows for the little kiddos. So, I’m looking at TVMirrors to solve the issue of having a large television dominate a space. They’re great because they’re beautiful mirrors when turned off – and a perfectly functional smart TV when you turn them on. You control the space and the timing of when the time is right.

Spring cleaning? No problem, we’ve got you decluttered!

Spring is in the air. Trees and flowers are budding. And it’s time to shake out the dust and open some windows. Each year, I vow to clear away the clutter and every spring I’m reminded that I have a long way to go. This is definitely my year to declutter, once and for all.

A place for everything – and everything in its place. If you don’t have a space for something, you may not need it. Life is so much simpler when you know exactly where to find something. Sometimes you need small spaces – to keep things from getting jumbled. Sometimes you need to think big – like getting a cabinet with lots of storage to keep things organized. I really like the TVLiftCabinet because it keeps all the stuff that used to surround our television areas clean – all the time. When we want a movie or video game, we just pull out what we need and replace it when we’re done. When we want the television to disappear. Bam! One click and it’s gone. Kinda wish I had that one click wonder for other areas of my home.

Love it or lose it!  Going along with the previous tip, sometimes you just gotta let things go. Cleaning guru, Marie Kondo, says, “The very personal stuff in our homes is the hardest to lose but unless it ‘sparks joy in your heart, you should get rid of it.” She’s got some great tips that have helped me clear out containers that have been gathering dust for far too many years. I’m also telling my children who now have homes of their own that we are not a storage locker for all the stuff their significant others don’t want in their home.

Say good-bye to multiples. How many throw pillows do you really need? I took a hard look in my living room and there were eight throw pillows (for three pieces of furniture), four afghans (which never get used because we usually sit in the den) and candles everywhere. All gathering dust. Some were thoughtful gifts; others just things that sparked my eye for some reason or another, but reality suddenly hit me. Why? Along the lines of love it, or lose it, it’s time to part with multiples that just don’t make sense (probably never did).

I feel decluttered already. And you can do it too!

Let’s be present this year

For some, the holidays are all about the presents and the parties. Yet as technology progresses, fewer people are fully present for the precious time with important people in their lives. One of my goals for 2015 was to be more present with the people in my life, and it has been more satisfying than I imagined. Here are some things that worked for me:

Stay positive. Stress can take a serious toll on your perspective, especially around the holidays. Keeping a positive attitude goes a long way to reducing stress, and being a more pleasant person to others. If you know that a certain person rubs you the wrong way with their negativity, keep interactions to a minimum. Or, if you must, take a deep breath and count to five – then move on. Life is far too short to let others impact your joy.

Do more things that make you happy. For me, I always enjoy spending quiet time with my family. When we’re all together, watching a favorite holiday movie, playing a board game or just talking, it means so much because I know that time is flying by quickly and each time we get together is more precious than ever.

Turn off the phones. We have a rule in our house that all cell phones need to be turned off during meals. That’s especially true during the holidays when there’s so much competition for our time. It seems like such a simple request, but it’s harder than it sounds, but the benefits are immediate.

So, this year, my wish for you is to be more present with everyone who makes your life better. Perhaps Henry David Thoreau said it best,

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.”

Happy holidays from everyone at TVLiftCabinet.

What’s new at TVLiftCabinet? The 360-degree Azura Cabinet!

Just as clothing styles evolve over time, home furnishings continue to improve and change with home décor trends.

TVLiftCabinet is introducing a new cabinet this year, Azura, which features a 360-degree electric swivel TV Lift. The clean design is crafted in the USA out of American hard maple. Hard maple is the state tree of Wisconsin, Vermont, New York and West Virginia and has been a favorite of American furniture makers since the early Colonial days. It’s simply stunning.

azura_black_01The cabinet is fitted with a heavy-duty electric swivel lift that you can operate with a remote (or with manual controls hidden inside the cabinet). You can also control the lift by a built-in ethernet port or third-party controls.

The Azura TV Lift Console can be placed at the foot of the bed, against a wall or free standing because it is finished identically on all four sides. Since it has 360-degree movement, you will be able to view your television wherever you are in the room at any time. Plus – the unit ships fully setup.

Would you like to see it in action? Check out our video today.

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