The following is post No. 5 in an AARP Livable Communities blog diary about a home remodeling project that is stylishly updating a Florida house (referred to here as the “Cate house”) while making it better suited for aging in place.
"Is this the house we'll retire in?" Crystal and Chris K. frequently asked one another about their home in Silver Spring, Md. The question was important because the answer would determine if they'd remodel or sell their house.
Are the majority of older adults hoarders? Not quite. Yet many do feel burdened by the amount of stuff they own, and it can be a major hindrance when it comes to downsizing.
I think I was born to cook. Ever since I was young, I've enjoyed cooking for friends and family. I even catered my own wedding reception for 80 when I was too young to know better. A large 3-tiered lime coconut wedding cake was the piece de resistance. But over the years the joy of cooking became more like the drudgery of cooking due to aching feet and nagging back aches. Hours of standing on an unforgiving stone floor and far too many acrobatic reaches, squats, and bends retrieving ingredients and cookware were taking their toll.
I'll admit it: I have kitchen envy. Each time I'm at a friend's house I take mental pictures of their kitchen -- or sometimes I ask if I can snap a couple -- because I love everyone else's kitchen but mine. (I have friends with excellent taste, it seems.) I pour through DIY sites and am always pinning photos onto to "My Dream Kitchen" board in Pinterest.
It's cherry blossom time in New York and, besides gardening, I've become obsessed with window coverings. Spring brings the promise of guests and the brilliance of the summer sun and, quite frankly, I'm not prepared for either. I've removed the former owner's black out shades in the guest room, but haven't gotten around to replacing them. It feels bare. Not exactly the feeling you're after in a guest bedroom, is it?
Doors are opening for all of us in the world of home design. Never before have we had such a range of choices in home goods and new designs to help us age more gracefully in our own homes. But deciding what projects to tackle can be daunting, especially when money is tight.
I'm the youngest of three, so that means I was either spoiled rotten or I was neglected because I was last - depends on where you fall in your family line as to whether you agree with the former or the latter.
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