Songbird Stories

On our blog, we'll share some of our favorite "moving" moments and strategies to help you manage a downsize, estate dispersal, or home sale prep.

Practice What You Preach: Downsizing Ourselves

Oct 21, 2020
 

When we told friends in 2019 that we were downsizing, they gave us that slightly confused puppy dog head tilt as if to say: Why?!  

It was a little crazy. We had just remodeled our beautiful 1959 ranch and installed the kitchen of my dreams, but then quickly realized that an acre with a dog and a few ducks, a home to clean, and two young, highly-active boys and a growing business were too much to take care of. Songbird had seen enough growth over three years that my husband needed to leave his IT job to help run the business. So, it made the most sense for us to go from our 2800 square foot home with one acre to an 1100 square foot home in the woods (no lawn )!  

Most importantly, it was a perfect...

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Peel One Potato At A Time

Oct 15, 2020
 

Our client had already sold her 5 bed/3 bath, 4300 square foot home, and the timeline for closing and removing all of the house’s furnishings was tight. Our biggest challenge was that her belongings needed to go to four different locations around the country. This was more than just a move; it was also an empty-nester’s estate dispersal. She was dividing furnishings between her daughters in Boston and Denver, and others were bound for the new home in Chicago and a summer cottage in Michigan. Our client wasn’t sure how she was going to manage the whole house and the complicated moving process. 

Understandably, “estate dispersals” can feel overwhelming to families because they think: “What on earth...

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Keepsake Connections: Crossing Generations

Sep 24, 2020
 

One of the biggest things that I’ve noticed after completing 100 moves is the degree to which our clients accumulate objects that evoke important memories from their lives. I feel like this differs from people in my own generation, who seem to prioritize “collecting” memories through experiences, rather than collecting things. 

Personally, I associate a big portion of who I am with where I’ve been or what I’ve accomplished up to this point in my life. I worked in television broadcasting as a feature reporter for a sports network and as an assistant Director of Broadcasting in professional baseball for the Toledo Mud Hens (made world-famous by Jamie Farr in the show M.A.S.H. during the 70s and...

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Downsizing Dad: Another Perspective

Sep 21, 2020

In my last post, I shared my experience of downsizing my parents. Even though I didn't realize it at the time, it was the first step toward a career in helping others manage their downsizing transitions. I wanted to know what my dad thought about this process and asked him to share what he remembered feeling at the time. He graciously agreed, and I've shared it below. 

Every person who goes through the downsizing process is different, of course, but I think my dad touches on many of the feelings and thoughts that clients have shared with us. If you're helping a loved one downsize, it's a good reminder to stay compassionate. And, if YOU are going through this transition, try to be kind to yourself. It can be a...

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Downsizing Dad

Sep 16, 2020
 

In the summer of 2010, my parents realized that the 2100 square foot home they built when I was in the 4th grade had become more than they needed. My brother and I were living out of state, and mom and dad were looking ahead to retiring and moving to their quaint cottage in northern Michigan. My husband Luke and I volunteered to help them downsize to a temporary rental house. If I had to pick two words to summarize the process, they would be “emotionally stressful.”  

Moving: the act of simply transferring all your things from one home to another is challenging. A downsizing move, though, is: Even. More. Stressful! I’m guessing my parents were worried they were taking this step prematurely. I, on the other...

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It's More Than Just a Move

Sep 07, 2020
 

Hi!  

I’m Sam. I own and operate a small senior downsizing business out of a sweet little village called Granville, Ohio. We are located 35 miles east of Columbus and service a 45-mile radius of empty-nesters and seniors who are looking for assistance in their downsizing transition.  

Often, our clients have lived in their homes for more than a decade (or six!), and they are moving to an independent, assisted-living, or memory-care facility. Moving can be really stressful, but a downsizing move can be even more stressful because it typically requires getting rid of many familiar and cherished furnishings. An extra layer of challenge is added when children are not living in the same town, or even state, as their...

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