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Are you too attached to your stuff? Psychology of Ownership

If you are having trouble letting go of items, possibly you may be TOO ATTACHED, this is a great post on Constantly Curious about the Psychology of Ownership – Our sense of ownership is established early The Endowment Effect – we value items more once we own them Hoarding Disorder – people are protective of…
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After our parents are gone

Dealing with the loss of a parent is unimaginable “When a parent passes away, we take on a new kind of work. I am not referring to the necessary “estate chores” of filing papers or clearing out the house. I am referring to the psychological process of sorting out the seemingly impalpable experience of the…
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Merry Christmas & a fabulous New Year

As 2017 draws to a close, I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas & fabulous 2018. I have been a little quiet at allsorters during 2017 due to personal circumstances, but am looking forward to re-invigorating my newsletter and blog in 2018. allsorters is closing from 21-Dec-2017 returning later in January.  If you need…
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Mary's Garage Sale Tips

Garage Sales are a great way to declutter and pass on items you no longer need.  This time of year is a great time to hold a Garage Sale and, if you have never done it before, here are my tips for running a successful garage sale: Advertise online, e.g. gumtree & garage sale sites…
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ABC Life Matters - Dealing with our parent's stuff

I was a guest last Thursday morning on ABC Life Matters radio segment with Amanda Smith. Lots of callers, lots of stories from people dealing with family stuff. The importance of “story telling” through what we keep from our parent’s home …. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/how-to-deal-with-your-parents-possessions/9038476     Mary J Harnan BBus, 3a home sorting specialist Aging Specialist, ICD  |…
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