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November 17, 2017

A lifetime of accumulated treasures can be both blessing and burden. It’s hard to consider moving, whether to a nearby apartment or a villa halfway around the world, when first you have to decide what to do with Aunt Maude’s silver (and everything else filling the basement). Yet those who have downsized successfully say the rewards are profound. One told MONEY that she’s never felt such freedom before.

Thanksgiving may be a good time to launch the process -- sharing your goals with family, and reminding grown children to collect any stuff that’s still at your place. Speaking of Thanksgiving, Retire with Money will be off next week. Enjoy the holiday!

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Elizabeth O'Brien is a senior writer at MONEY, covering retirement and health care. You can email her at elizabeth.o'brien@moneymail.com and follow her on Twitter at @elizobrien.

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