1. Consign

2. Cash

3. Charity

Clothing and Household Items

  • Diabetes Canada Clothesline donations will help make a difference for Canadians living with diabetes.
  • Developmental Disabilities Association supports individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Big Brothers of Vancouver clothing donations assist children in our community by funding life-changing mentoring programs.
  • Covenant House accepts items for youth between 16-24 years old including non-perishable food, clothes, and electronics.
  • Dress for Success clothing donations help women make a great impression as they enter or return to the workplace.
  • My Sisters Closet, operated by the Battered Women’s Support Service, will take new and second-hand clothing.
  • The Cinderella Project accepts donations of graduation-appropriate formal wear, dress shoes and accessories for young ladies and men.
  • Secret Garden Tea and Neverland Tea Salon are two local High Tea Salons that often accept vintage tea cups, saucers and pots.



Your unwanted electronics can have a second life!

 Tools, Arts, Crafts, Fabric

Building Materials and Furniture

  • Habitat for Humanity Restore accepts donations of new and gently-used home décor items and building supply materials from homeowners, contractors, and corporate donors
  • Home Start Foundation will pick up your gently used furniture and donate to people in need.
  • Helping Families in Need will also collect your furniture and housewares in good condition.
  • Highlands United Church Shelter to Home program help people on the North Shore transition from homelessness to independent living and are in need of filling an empty home with furniture & basic household items.

Other Items

  • Recycling Council of BC  RCBC’s “Recyclepedia” will help you find a location to recycle a variety of materials, including appliances, batteries, medications, end-of-life vehicles and more.  You can also call the hotline at 604-RECYCLE.
  • Return-it Depot locations provide beverage and electronics recycling.
  • Freecycle.org has a mission to keep items out of landfills.  As a member, you can post free items on their website.
  • Metro Vancouver Transfer Stations and Landfills are a network of facilities across the region that offer waste disposal.
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Second conversation I had today with a senior about the issues with housing was about the open concept. This idea grew on me for about 10 years from watching too much HGTV where designer' first go to option was to knock down walls. I started doing the same thing when I was on a tour with a buyer suggesting ‘You take down this wall, not weight bearing’. Client was like  “Mike, we are not knocking down any walls”. I realized back than that I need to see things through buyer’s prospective and not follow the ‘so called trends.

 So, this article is about why NOT to have open kitchen-dining-living concepts.  It does not mean I am against it just a different prospective to consider if making a renovation or looking to move to a new home.

  1. Open Concept might look good when empty but, not easy to furnish 
  2. Maybe the open kitchen concept brought the idea to have second kitchen known as the Chinese kitchen to hide all the dirty dishes in the sink and keep away all the smell from cooking
  3. Not sure about you but, I could not relax to watch a movie looking over at my kitchen sink full of dishes (dishwasher is not emptied yet)
  4. Open concept is not that energy efficient especially if you have 9 ft ceilings
  5. If you have remodeled any home you know the engineering challenges to have an open kitchen concept. Therefore, some walls are not bad for privacy
  6. Different spaces are meant for different functions. 
  7. Back to HDTV most common used words “Open Concept” and “Entertaining” I mean c’mon how much entertaining these people are doing? Do people want to have separate conversation which are impossible in the Open Concept? Having guys over for a game; if you do not have man cave, forget about having fun 

 The conclusion is that everyone has their own style in decorating but, functionality need to be considered for your family needs. Back to the seniors finding suitable accommodations, people like things the way they used to be and change is not always a good thing. The search continues finding suitable accommodation for this client to help them downsize or rightsize.

I welcome comments or a discussion on the topic. Feel free to contact me michael@michaeltudorie.com 

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Summer’s last gasps are giving way to Autumn breezes, and as the temperature drops, so do the leaves!

While many people look forward to digging out their shovels and jumping in piles of leaves, for many of us, raking can be a dangerous affair. 

Raking and piling up Vancouver’s wet leaves can leave our backs feeling sore the next morning. At their worst, they can exacerbate heart and health issues, even potentially sending us to the emergency room.

If you’re sick and tired of the leaves covering the lawn of your property, wouldn’t it be nice knowing if someone else took care of it for you? 

Luckily, if you downsize your home, someone will! And, there’s a few other benefits too!

So before you reach for the ol’ rake, here’s three things downsizing lets you rake instead of leaves. 

  • Rake in the equity you’ve built for yourself, kicking up your feet for a worry-free retirement and doing things like
  • Raking in the poker chips during a warm, Vegas getaway vacation. 
  • Raking the sand in a Japanese rock garden on a month’s-long trip to find your Zen. 

Instead of piling leaves, put a pile of money towards your grandchildren’s education or your children’s new home purchase. 

If you’ve had it with leaves, why not leave me an email or a phone call at 604-910-7777 today! I can help you find a condo or townhome that you'll fall in love with!

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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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Sometimes the reason for putting your home on the market is crystal clear. For example, you might have a job relocation and need to move. Or, you might have decided to downsize because the kids have left the nest.


However, there are many other motivations to list your home that are not as obvious, and yet are still good reasons to make a move. Here are just a few examples...

  • You’re bored with your home and are looking for a change.
  • There’s something you’ve always wanted in a home that your current property doesn’t have, such as a wooded backyard
  • You want to be closer to work, or to activities you enjoy, such as golf.
  • You want to be closer to family.
  • The neighbourhood is changing in a way that no longer fits the lifestyle you want.
  • There’s another neighbourhood you’ve always dreamed of living in.
  • Your tastes have changed and you want to live in a different type of home.

None of these reasons makes it an absolute necessity to list your property and find a new home. Yet, they’re all worth considering, especially if moving will make you and your family happier, and provide you with a more desirable lifestyle.

Want to talk about the possibilities? contact us today

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The weather outside’s becoming frightful, with snow forecast any day now. Waking up extra early to shovel the white stuff before the bylaw officer swings by, makes even the best of us feel Grinchy. Your house is the gift that’s kept on giving, but as the snow piles up, so do all the chores and maintenance.


As the New Year approaches, consider making a resolution to ‘right-size’ your house.

Rightsizing or downsizing is adjusting your housing situation to becoming more manageable. For many people, once their children move out, their three bed, three bath home is just too much space and maintenance. For others, it’s about de-cluttering, organizing their lives around their happiness and not their clutter.


Rightsizing is an opportunity to live closer to children and loved ones, so you can see them more often than just the holidays. It’s a chance to use your home’s equity, allowing you to retire comfortably, and help the kids build homes of their own. Or, it’s the chance to save money on taxes and maintenance bills, so you have the money to bask on a sunny Caribbean beach as the snow falls back home.


As the season wanes and you’re feeling the winter blues, why not let me treat you to a hot

chocolate and learn how I can help you right-size your life. If you’re looking for a one-stop

downsizing shop, I’m happy to chat at 604-910-777 or you may visit

vancouverdownsizingspecialist.com to learn more about my services.

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