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How to Make Unpacking Easier After a Move

February 14, 2019 6:33 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Last month, we talked about steps you can take before you move to make the process less stressful, from bringing in a professional move management team to keeping a blueprint of your new place in mind. However, proper preparation is only part of the moving process. You’ve still got to tackle packing, transporting your belongings to your new living space, and, finally, unpacking. Unpacking can be one of the most... View Article


Make Moving Less Stressful with 4 Key Steps

January 14, 2019 8:54 am Published by 2 Comments

The start of a new year is a great opportunity to make positive changes in your life, including a move to a new living space. However, particularly for seniors and retirees, sorting, packing, and moving a household’s worth of belongings can seem overwhelming. If you’ve decided that transitioning to a new living space (as opposed to aging in place) is the right decision for you in 2019, here are some... View Article


Is Aging in Place Right for You?

December 6, 2018 5:51 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Most people prefer to stay where they are as they age: The AARP reports that 90 percent of older adults want to stay in their homes for as long as they possibly can. However, the health issues and other changes that inevitably affect seniors can make aging in place difficult. For example, decreased balance and worsening vision can turn elements of the home like staircases and rugs into safety hazards,... View Article


4 Essential Decluttering Tips for Seniors

November 15, 2018 5:19 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Many of us find ourselves accumulating collections of various items (e.g., books, clothes, magazines) over the years, whether or not they have sentimental value. At some point, all of that stuff can get in the way and make your living space less than optimal, particularly for seniors. Whether you’re getting ready to move or just re-organizing your current living space, decluttering can be a daunting task. The following tips can... View Article


5 Key Home Design Suggestions for Seniors Looking to Age in Place

October 12, 2018 8:15 am Published by Leave your thoughts

As people age, they commonly experience changes such as decreased balance and declining vision that can lead to falls and other accidents, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). Certain aspects of your home – such as stairs and throw rugs – can become safety hazards. More than one out of four older people falls each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fortunately, it’s possible to... View Article


4 Tips for Getting Rid of Old Cleaning Products

September 25, 2018 8:55 am Published by Leave your thoughts

During the process of preparing to move to a new living space, you might find old cleaning products in your cabinets and closets that you aren’t sure what to do with. Should they be disposed of like hazardous waste? Or can you pour them down the drain?    The answers to those questions can vary depending on the specific product you’re dealing with, so it’s important to do your research. Here... View Article


4 Things to Know About Proper Paper Disposal

August 24, 2018 7:10 am Published by 1 Comment

Most of us have old documents and papers we no longer need sitting around in desk drawers or filing cabinets. If you’re paring down the stuff in your living space in preparation for a move or to “opti-size” and simplify your home environment, you’ll want to get rid of any papers that are just taking up space. It’s important to discard old documents in the right way, however, especially if... View Article


3 Essential Steps for Proper Paint Disposal

July 20, 2018 3:06 pm Published by 1 Comment

After a home improvement/decorating project, you might find yourself with some partially full cans of paint that you’re not sure what to do with. Just dumping it down the sink or simply throwing the cans in the trash is NOT the way to go: Since paint can be a toxic substance, it’s important to dispose of it in a way that’s safe and environmentally friendly, according to Lowe’s. Luckily, it’s... View Article


DWELLING Spaces + Places Helps Build Evanston’s First LEED Certified Home

June 26, 2018 7:03 am Published by Leave your thoughts

DWELLING Spaces + Places is excited to announce that the 2018 GreenBuilt Home Tour will include Evanston’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) platinum-certified home, a project that our team has helped complete. The tour – which will take place on July 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. –  includes exceptional, nationally recognized and award-winning Illinois homes that showcase affordable, attractive and sustainable building practices.... View Article