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Baby Boomers and Senior Citizens often downsize they their kids move out via Kaye Swain Roseville CA REALTOR

Downsizing is a hot topic today. It’s something many boomers and seniors are doing as their sweet kids leave the nest, sometimes for homes far away, while others are choosing to become “mobile,” traveling hither and yon to help with multigenerational family needs in more than one area. That may also require downsizing. To help both camps, I have a very interesting guest post for you on just that topic:


Downsizing is an exciting process that brings a renewed sense of freedom for empty nesters. But with fewer possessions and a smaller space comes a challenge: how do you maintain a comfortable, homey atmosphere? When you can no longer rely on a home filled to the brim with decades of memories, it takes some effort to foster an inviting space. Here are a few simple ways you can ensure your new place is less house but more home.

Get Creative with Your Furniture

Downsizing is a practical process, but it’s important to inject creativity into your smaller space as well. Though you’ll likely need to replace many of your larger pieces of furniture, don’t rush toward the first chair or sofa that fits your dimensional requirements. Take the time to find creative furniture and décor that you really love.

Of course, creative and practical are not mutually exclusive. Keep a lookout for fun pieces designed to maximize space and creativity. Stackable modular shelves, for example, can be easily arranged into any number of configurations. Stack them all together in the living room or plant a few shelves across several rooms for added hominess.

Don’t Skimp on the Rugs

Baby boomers and senior citizens who are downsizing to one of the best golf retirement home communities in their area should include rugs and carpets in their house plansDon’t underestimate the power and magic of rugs. When you move to a smaller space, they can make a huge impact on the overall warmth of your home. From round area rugs in the dining room to runners in the hallway, there is no better way to liven up hardwood floors and bland carpets.

Another benefit of rugs: sound dampening. The last thing you want is a townhome or condo that functions like an echo chamber. Rugs will insulate and dampen the many sounds of daily living (plus they’ll protect your bare feet from chilly floors on cold winter mornings!).

When It Comes to Art: Think Big

Yes, you’re downsizing. But that doesn’t mean you should downsize your art. Hanging large pieces in small spaces is actually a great way to make a big impact—and if you choose wisely, art can go a long way toward filling an empty space with homey warmth. The best option? Artwork that you personally connect with. Whether it’s a piece that’s been in the family for generations or a classic painting you’ve long admired and loved, find space on your walls and enjoy the added warmth.

Throw a Housewarming Party

They call it “housewarming” for a reason! One of the best ways to ensure your new house is warm and homey is to start things off with a housewarming party. Invite family, neighbors (old and new), friends from church, and others to your new space. While the gathering might be a bit cozy, it’s a wonderful way to imbue your space with happy memories right from the start.

Keep (a Few) of Your Books

Modern technology allows us to confine our entire book collection to a single digital device—an invaluable tool for downsizers. But what you don’t want is a new home that’s completely devoid of the smells, sights, and textures of physical books.

Key To Downsizing

The key is to land somewhere in the middle. Go digital, but keep a small collection of your favorites. As you’re trimming your collection down to size, ask yourself: would I read this book again? Did I love this book enough to pass it on to a friend? If the answer to either question is no, add it to the “go” pile and don’t look back.

Weren’t those great tips? Important things to consider for those who are planning on aging in place. How about you? Are you downsizing? Staying put? Or maybe even upsizing as you deal with multigenerational issues? We’d love to hear.




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Roses for you for a Happy Grandparents Day from fellow grandparent and Roseville CA neighborhood Real Estate Agent Kaye Swain fb


It’s GRANDPARENTS DAY! Happy Grandparents Day to all of my fellow Grandparents. It’s a fun time to exchange cute hugs if you live nearby or give a grandparent or grandkid a call to say HELLO – I LOVE YOU. You’ll be blessed. I got to do that earlier this week and I definitely was! Texting can work great too if you both have phones that can text. That’s especially helpful when your grandkids hit the tween and teen years.

For those grandkids living close enough to visit, trips to the local Amusement parks and zoos can be fun and some may offer discounts for boomers and seniors, like the Sacramento Zoo or even free entrance to grandparents, like Sacramento’s Fairy Tale Town is doing today. So call your local fun places quickly and enjoy a sweet spur of the moment get-together with your grandkids. (Roller skating, anyone? :) ). Here’s my Pinterest page with some of the info. (Be sure to follow me on Pinterest for all SORTS of great resources and words of encouragement. :) )

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Several dear friends, some of whom are fellow grandparents, are walking through a season of ill health or deep grief this month and I’m doing a lot of praying. I turned one of my favorite verses I relied on for my own dark season of grief into this photo to remind us that no matter how hard the waves hit, or how high they go, Jesus is our ROCK. God IS our ROCK of REFUGE. I pray this will be an encouragement to all of us this week and beyond.

Full Christian Words of encouragement from Psalm 18 via Roseville CA Real Estate Agent Kaye Swain

And here’s a sweet video with one of the lovely old Christian hymns, Rock of Ages, sung by Chris Rice. Seemed like the perfect choice for this verse. :)

So encouraging! And a favorite for all ages – my senior parents loved it and so do I.

Don’t forget to listen to the next sermon in the Revelation series.

Have a blessed and beautiful week!




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P.P.S. If you have Amazon Prime, I noticed that you can listen to this sweet song by Chris Rice for free – today for sure, many songs are often for long periods of time. :)

Rock of Ages comes free with my Amazon Prime membership


I love my various music playlists on my Amazon Music app! :)

I really appreciate my Amazon Prime membership for so many reasons including great free music and PicMonkey online photo editor for helping me edit my pictures



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Wild Turkeys wander around West Roseville including one of the best golf retirement communities Sun City by Del Webb via Kaye Swain Placer Sacramento County social media blogger REALTOR


My senior mom isn’t doing as much as previously with her iPad. But she continues to enjoy looking at the photos of the grandkids as well as fun photos like the turkeys we spotted above. And I just set her up with an Amazon Prime Music playlist “Mom” with over 400 songs that we can listen to for free, courtesy of my Amazon Prime Music. (We share the account since she lives with me and I maintain her iPad :) ). She has a mixture of Big Band, Swing, Country, and old Christian hymns that will keep her listening happily for hours.

She continues to enjoy listening to her beloved radios, but is having a harder time changing the stations. So I’m hoping this will be a help for her. We tried a Sirius account with their home box – the Sirius Onyx. Unfortunately, that is dependent on getting a strong enough signal in the house. If not, you have to put the atenna outside a window with the wire coming inside to the sirius radio. Since we had hoped to add the whole shebang to a Sirius Boom Box, that wouldn’t have worked. Thus I returned the Onyx to Best Buy and called Sirius and cancelled. All were very nice and very understanding, and I really appreciated that.

Some days tech works well for her and some days, not so much. Hopefully the Amazon Prime tech will, with a bit of help from me. :)


There are a variety of ways of caring for the elderly parents and other senior citizens in our lives via Kaye Swain social media

I had fun catching up with dear friends this weekend at TWO birthday parties! It was very enjoyable and very interesting as several of us are now in the same season of life of caring for our beloved elderly parents. Just like when our kids were little and we compared notes and realized we all did it a bit different (Christian school, public school, home school), we are all doing caregiving a bit different. Some are doing it at home like me, others have a caregiver coming to the parents’ home, and another had sadly helped their senior parent move into a critical care facility as his health required more nursing than they could provide. But they are there every day supervising and overseeing and helping their parent know that they are there for him and helping him.

Any which way, there is no right or wrong way – at least, not in these situations. All of us love our parents and are doing our best. Different situations require different solutions and we are so blessed to have so many good choices out there. Just like with schools, there are a lot more choices than when our parents were young, and I for one am very grateful for that. And grateful for the encouragement we each are sharing with the other. It’s nice to know you’re not alone in this, isn’t it?


Samaritans Purse Christmas Shoe Boxes are a great way to encourage grandkids to give via Kaye Swain social media blogger and gr

I had a lovely talk with half my grandkids today and enjoyed it thoroughly. We got all caught up on school activities going on and made craft-y plans for the next trip. A couple of them are working on a mountain village but one asked how he could make the trees or if there was a place we could buy them. Talk about perfect timing! With Christmas right around the corner (110 days OR 3 months OR 15 weeks to be exact! :) ), I told them the Dollar store will probably be getting their Christmas village trees in soon so we have added that to our calendar to head for that store and get some to add to the project. And hmmmm, while we’re there, we shall have to also shop for Christmas Shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse. For ONCE we might not be doing it at the last minute. YAY! Here’s a super short video I’m going to show them when we do it. Made me choke up with sweet tears of joy to see the impact all those Christmas shoe boxes over the years are having! AWESOME!


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Fun for senior parents and grandkids alike –

Such a fun photo for my senior mom who also loves owls.Thanks Stan 😉

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 Terrific article with tons of fun ideas for grandparents and grandkids – and guess who’s quoted in it? :)


My Pinterest board is all spruced up for Autumn. And have new posts to many boards including Grand for Kids and Grandkids as well as Caregiving NeedsKaye Swain REALTOR and eldercare blogger is also at Pinterest

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  Do pop over and enjoy plenty more and while you’re there, be sure to say HOWDY :)


Years ago, I did a series on my favorite Bible verses for difficult seasons of life. As I wrote at Instagram today:

As many of you may realize, that is the first of two very encouraging verses in Psalm 27:13. There is also verse 14, another fave of mine:

Encouraging BIble verses for the Sandwich Generation caregiver and grandparent devotionals for senior citizens via Kaye Swain

Sweet encouragement, indeed!


For those of you who might not be able to get out and about to church this week, here’s another lovely video and the link to the next in the sermon series on Revelation.

This is Hillsong singing the praise song, “This I Believe (Creed).” It’s very similar to the Newsboys hymn, “We Believe,” but goes even deeper into the creed – again blessing us with sweet encouragement that has passed on down through the centuries.

This song seems like a lovely way to begin this devotional and this link to the book of Revelation series seems like a lovely way to end it.

Have a blessed and beautiful week!



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