Songbird Stories

A few of our favorite "moving" moments plus strategies to help you manage a downsize, estate dispersal, or home sale prep.

Songbird Story Profile: Sue & Chris Cherney

Oct 05, 2021

One of the very best parts of working with our senior downsizing clients is getting to know them on a personal level and learning more about their families, world travels, incredible career accomplishments and other rich life experiences. In this new series of posts, we are privileged to share some of these fascinating stories. We’ll not only learn a little bit about their lives, we’ll also discuss the highs and lows of their downsizing experience.  

To kick it off, I’d love to introduce you to Sue and Chris Cherney.   

Sue and Chris first met as students...

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Moving On: Turning a Home Back Into a House

Sep 22, 2021
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Moving On: Turning a Home Back Into a House

It’s no secret that everyone decorates and lives a little differently than their neighbors or friendsEveryone has their own distinct style and decorative taste, as well as, their own personal ideas of what looks “nice.”  

Growing up, my parents had loads of eclectic art and unique ceiling lines which I grew to love. Today, I tend to decorate with a lot of family photos. Meanwhile, my two young boys like to "decorate" the house with lego-creations and science experiments.

I learn a lot about our clients from the selected furniture and decor in their favorite spaces. The variety of styles is as unique as each personality. While some seniors surround...

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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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