Just when we thought the hardest thing to get out of our basement was that TV from 1993, we hear about Michael Rotondo, who has sued his parents for wanting him evicted

 

The 30-year-old New York man took his parents, Christina and Mark, to court, claiming their eviction notices did not provide him enough time. Polite notes from his parents included suggestions that Michael find work and sell things with significant value, especially “any weapons you may have.”

 

We’re likely to never face a case that messy. But we do have messy crawlspaces, garages and rooms. Ever worry about someone seeing your stuff, feeling you’ll be put on trial? Maybe you want to downsize to a smaller home but don’t know where all the junk will go? 

 

Fortunately, unlike large adult sons, clutter can’t appeal its eviction and it doesn’t need 30 days notice to leave. 

 

But dealing with it does need a plan. 

Be Judicious With Junk

Being junk’s judge, jury and executioner means that you must not be lenient, even if your deceased second aunt’s combo hot dog cooker/bun toaster that you used that one day eight years ago tugs at your heart strings. 

 

Start by serving notice to yourself, mentally preparing to go through with the job. Set a target date to begin, and start your preparations. Have a clear area near the clutter that allows you to sort items by clear categories, such as ‘Love It,’ and ‘Lose It.’ Use this opportunity time to book any dumpsters, bins or trucks that you may need. 

 

Once the trial begins, go for the obvious throw-away’s first. As your room clears, so will your resolve to be as judicious as possible. 

 

If your trial isn’t going well, it’s time to get representation. Calling in the experts like decluttering expert Janet Clarke at A Helping Hand can give you the upper hand. 

 

Or, call in the kids to help out. And if they say ‘no,’ just tell them that you won’t de-clutter, sentencing them to a life of owning your junk in addition to theirs. They’ll be plea dealing in no time! 

 

If you want to downsize your Vancouver home or have a 'Michael' in your basement who needs to move, contact me at michael@michaeltudorie.com or at 604-910-7777!

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Serene, six- bedroom mid-century gem located in quiet, family-oriented Dunbar area near top public & private schools. Echoing the ‘Vancouver Special’ philosophy, 3826 West 18th’s two-storey design can house multiple generations of family members, or effortlessly becomes a ‘mortgage helper,’ attractive to mature university students. Inside, the renovated, contemporary interior features open-concept living and dining areas. Busy chefs will appreciate the sky-lit kitchen’s state-of-the-art stainless appliances, wide granite countertops and windowed cabinets. Private rear yard w/ large rear parking pad. 1.5 blocks to Lord Byng. 5 minutes to St. George's. 10 minutes to UBC. Near Dunbar business district and 15 mi. drive to City Centre. 
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BOSA built: "Electric Avenue" This unique, two-level PENTHOUSE style puts you in the centre of everything downtown has to offer. Steps to Robson-Alberni shopping district, Zagat rated restaurants, Scotia Bank theatre for your entertainment. Enjoy fitness centre, meeting rooms & fireplace lounge, & 24 hr concierge. This home's functional layout leaves no wasted space – 2 bedrooms and DEN with plenty of closet space. Private rooftop deck ONLY accessed by PH owners and private terrace from your bedrooms to enjoy sunsets or morning coffee. P.S. Unit comes with 2 side by side parking spaces. Watch 3D virtual tour and contact for private viewing.This is the perfect Vancouver retreat you been waiting for ? Open House Sat June 2nd & June 3rd from 2-4
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Calling all renovators and first-time buyers: Bring Your Ideas! Situated near Main Street’s hip heart, this 1BR/1BA strata suite is pleasantly Mt. Pleasant. Live in as is, or renovate to meet your HGTV dreams. Kick back on the south-facing, street-view porch or warm up w/ the gas fireplace. South facing bedroom windows. Open living area w/ hardwood flooring. Underground parking stall. Bike storage. Storage locker. Proactive strata w/ long-term residents. Opposite quiet park & playground. Two blocks to Mt. St. Joseph Hospital. Five minutes walk to city’s best coffee shops, dining and transit routes. Ten minutes to downtown. One block to bike route. Near public elementary & secondary schools.
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Should You Dip Your Oar Into Squamish's Real Estate Market?

Not long ago, Squamish, BC was merely a sleepy stop on the road to Whistler. Early in the morning, hordes of skiers and snowboarders trekked through this community, stopping for coffee at this halfway point to some of the world’s best powder. 


Now, boasting a reinvigorated economy and highway thanks to Vancouver’s 2010 winter Olympics, Squamish is no longer just part of a journey, but is instead a destination. 

No Longer Just A Bathroom Break To Whistler

With developments such as Jumar, an innovative condo/townhome complex right in the town’s heart, Squamish is fast becoming a bedroom community for young Vancouverites. 

 

But don’t sleep in too much! Whether it’s hiking or scaling up the famed Stawamus Chief, whitewater rafting, Brackendale’s phenomenal bald eagle watching or reclining on Alice Lake’s beach, Squamish has outdoor fun for everyone. 

 

For residents with picky visitors, the newly launched Sea to Sky Gondola’s breathtaking Howe Sound views will impress. 

 

Once the sun sets, Squamish’s night life embodies the West Coast’s laid back attitude. Well-reviewed pubs emphasizing regional craft beers and a burgeoning foodie scene ensure that ‘big city’ fun can be found right in this small town. 

 

Need to commute? Downtown Vancouver is just one hour’s drive away. Professionals regularly making the trip to Vancouver will appreciate SquamishConnector’s daily shuttle service, with gorgeous views every trip, without the hassle of driving.

BC's Wilderness Gateway is a Gateway to Home Ownership & Investment

If moving to Vancouver is unaffordable and Surrey is unpalateable, Squamish lets homeowners stretch their budgets. With access to elementary and secondary public schools, the area is suitable for families looking for detached homes or modern townhomes. 

 

Real estate investors will appreciate Squamish’s proximity to Whistler and increasing profile, making developments like Jumar an excellent opportunity to increase their investment, while having year-round rental or airbnb opportunities. 

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