It's the right time to let go of your stuff.
Toronto Star — September 17, 2020
It’s not just you. Almost every single person out there has too much stuff. “Retirement is one of those life moments where you take stock,” says Karen Shinn, co-founder of Downsizing Diva. “It’s just one of those life transi-tions. It’s another reality check where you have an opportunity to ask: What is serving me? And what is not serving me so well?”
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Downsizing a Home? Here Are 7 Tips to Get You Started
Lending Tree — May 5, 2020
“For others, [downsizing your home] means totally changing your lifestyle to one of minimalism,” said Karen Shinn, co-founder of Downsizing Diva, a Toronto-based company that helps seniors downsize, organize and move....
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Time to Lighten Up
By Karen Shinn in North of Fifty Magazine — July 8, 2019
Did you know that 1,000 Canadians turn 65 every single day?
As Canada’s population ages, the number of people planning to move dramatically increases. Of course, moving means sorting, editing and purging treasures that have been accumulated over a lifetime and this process can be emotional and often overwhelming.
Take a look into our homes and you’ll discover...
Photo-op: 7 steps to manage your photo collection
By Karen Shinn on Toronto.com — June 28, 2019
For almost 20 years, we have been helping people organize, downsize and move. One of the questions we are often asked is … “What can I do with all of my photos?” Some of these photos are in albums, lots are in frames, but most of them are tucked away in cases, closets or cabinets.
Home / Opinion / Garage Sales Are A Great Way To Clear...
By Karen Shinn on Toronto.com — May 22, 2019
Holding a garage sale can be a great way to clear clutter, meet interesting people and maybe make a few dollars in the process.
Here are some Diva tips if you are thinking of holding a garage sale:
Downsize the junk drawer — for 15 minutes
Toronto.com — March 29, 2019
'Organizing your junk drawer is a rewarding project,' writes Karen Shinn.
11 Things to do Before You Downsize Your Home
BusinessInsider.com — March 26, 2019
11 things to do before you downsize your home, according to an expert who gets hired by seniors to help them declutter.
Toronto says farewell to winter: Top 10 spring 'clearing' tips
By Karen Shinn on Toronto.com — March 18, 2019
See Karen's monthly column on Toronto.com
Is your garage scarier than your Halloween decorations? VIDEO
October 30, 2018
Time to get your car back in your garage before the snow flies! Here are 8 easy steps to follow to clear the clutter in your garage.
Toronto's 6th Annual Caregiver Show
October 15, 2018
Join us for the 6th Annual Toronto Caregiver Show at the Ontario Science Centre on Saturday, April 27th, 2018. Thanks to StarMetroland Me
The Diva Plastic Bag Theory 101 VIDEO
May 9, 2018
Watch Karen Shinn: when downsizing, it helps to know when to use a clear, black or blue plastic bag. 2 minutes - 33 seconds.
The 3 Ps of Downsizing VIDEO
May 9, 2018
Karen Shinn talks about what to pitch, patch and throw away. 2 minutes - 16 seconds.
Three Things We Know About Downsizing VIDEO
May 9, 2018
Watch Karen Shinn talk about the three things she knows for sure about downsizing. 1 minutes - 15 seconds.
Downsizing those heirlooms
November 13, 2017
From the onset, Boomers set out to change the world – and change it, they did.
In the 1950s and ’60s, there was a rapid increase in the number of schools built, in the late ’60s, a community college system emerged and now retirement residences and hospitals are ramping up to embrace the Boomers as they continue to age.
Zoomer Radio, aired October 9th, 2017 — October 31, 2017
More and more Zoomers and their families are downsizing. Whether they just want to get rid of unnecessary clutter, or downsizing to live in a smaller spaces. But moving at any age can be quite overwhelming when you’ve lived in your home for many years. We speak with the co-founder of Downsizing Diva, Karen Shinn, who specializes in moving seniors.
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How unwanted family heirlooms create a divide with aging parents
The Current – CBC Radio, aired August 25, 2017 — October 31, 2017
Parents see heirlooms. Their kids see junk to clean up. It's a keepsake dilemma for families. (Pixabay.com)
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Zoomer Week in Review Podcast
Zoomer Radio, aired September 3, 2017 — October 31, 2017
Karen was interviewed by Libby Znaimer - ZOOMER radio for "ZOOMER Week in Review", which aired on September 2nd and 3rd, 2017. Listen for Karen at the 10 minute mark.
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The Caregiver Show
August 9, 2017
Today almost 8 million Canadians are family caregivers. They provide approximately 80% of the care needs for people with acute or chronic health issues.
There are many significant issues related to caregiving and navigating the system is extremely difficult.
The Caregiver Show is an incredible one day event of education and networking opportunities to provide family caregivers the resources they need and more.
Find the upside to downsizing a lifetime of treasures
Toronto Globe & Mail, by Angela Kryhul — July 31, 2012
Find the upside to downsizing a lifetime of treasures. For Kay Brundage, 88, the hardest thing about downsizing from a two-bedroom condo to...
Trash Talk: Advice from the downsizing trenches
Toronto Star, Ellen Moorhouse, Your Home Columnist — March 18, 2012
Trash Talk: Advice from the downsizing trenches. How do you make downsizing easier? I have received emails from people truly suffering
This firm helps boomers cope with shock of downsizing
Toronto Star, by Susan Pigg, Business Reporter — April 16, 2010
This firm helps boomers cope with shock of downsizing. Boomers are finding they need help dealing with the overwhelming effort and