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Once upon a time -- and honestly, it wasn't _that_ long ago -- men and women were 20-25 when they got married, and 22-30 when they were producing new people. Thus, by the time they were 50, the new people were mostly launched either in an apartment with a job or in a dormitory acquiring a college degree. We don't actually live in that world any more. And there were always people who pushed the envelope a bit, which has now become so normal I sort of wonder if people who are producing new people now even really realize how big a change this has been.

In any event, because the boomers as a cohort made another cohort in their 20s, when the kids were out and boomers started moving out of large, empty center hall colonials into sleek townhomes or their assisted living equivalents, that housing was often referred to as 55+ (a legal designation). In the ensuing years, we've been exploring a bunch of case law, in terms of, hey, I remarried and now I have a kid (step kid, whatever), what do you mean I have to move? Yeah, sure I moved here to get away from kids, but now my adult offspring and grandchild are living with me and we can't sell and get a new place, etc.

So when I run into things which use "after 50" as a euphemism for "empty nesting relo", I always have an initial W.T.F., because so, so, so many of my friends (or at least half of each couple) are over 50 (and not just barely), and while _some_ of them will be launching their kids off to Western Washington University this fall (a lot of them picked that _precise_ and truly fine institution of higher learning <-- a little joke there har de har har. Sorry.), many more are still experiencing the joys of kids in elementary school.

In the course of looking for books about senior move managers / specialists, I ran across this title:


Re-Creating Home: Downsizing and De-Cluttering After 50

You can communicate the same idea in other words, altho I'm sure someone out there is going to object to being referred to as a "senior" when they are only [insert some age here, any age, really, at all].

Don't Toss My Memories in the Trash-A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize, and Move

One assumes that one focuses on the supportive language and deliberate pace aspect of this project.

Downsizing The Family Home: What to Save, What to Let Go

That at least captures the basic idea: you're in a bigger place than you need with a bunch of stuff you don't need and oh, by the way, all the bedrooms are upstairs. And upstairs seems further away every day. And even if you set the dining room up as a bedroom, there's no bathing facility on the first floor. Really, it makes you wonder who thought up the center hall colonial in the first place.

I like this title better:

Secrets to Downsizing My House: What every senior needs to know about selling a house and downsizing into an apartment or smaller

It leaves the "senior" term to the subtitle, makes it all sound like an adventure / gold mind of great ideas, and focuses on the really problematic aspect of the whole project: someone is getting rid of a lot of stuff that is theirs and that isn't often a truly fun thing.

But I think this is more on trend:

A Simpler Space: The Sane Guide to Downsizing and De-Cluttering Effectively

Captures all kinds of ideas in a small number of words, none of them "over 50" or "senior" or "empty nest". Someone machined this thing to be relentlessly positive.

It is described as a "handy, informative and motivational book for those interested in learning how to de-clutter, downsize and prepare for a life less burdened by possessions and property. It is full of motivational tips, starters, ideas and the benefits of learning to live with less."

The only thing missing is, how life can be more when you have less holding you back. But they may have (correctly) concluded that was going to be too hard a sell and someone would expect satire, possibly with cartoons.

ETA: I don't think I posted anything about the recent articles about retirees living in manufactured housing in co-op RV parks. But I'll say this for virtually all (not all, but virtually all) manufactured housing / single wides / double wides / etc: there are bedrooms, a loo and bathing facility all on the entry level.
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