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Downsize my Space is dedicated to discussing, thinking and dreaming about the process of downsizing. Find out the latest about accessory dwelling units, how to age in place, the best in small house interior design, green home ideas, tips for gardening in small spaces and more.

Portland’s Turn to Bike Share

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Wet wet wet December and Portland is drowning in moisture, non stop blowing sideways in the face mist. I love the rain since it means that it is snowing at higher elevations on Mt Hood and my freshly waxed skis are itchy to hit the slopes, but at 60F degrees my hopes are dashed. No […]


Walking Revolution

This past weekend I was on a panel to discuss Aging in Your Home and Community for the 2015 Aging Well Conference. Basia Belza opened the event with her Keynote: Aging Well in the 21st Century.  Her first slide loud & clear there is a WALKING Revolution, we need to move to and keep physically […]

Neighborhood Walks

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The thrust of real estate in Portland Oregon is all about being close to services, parks and transportation, in short a walkable neighborhood with a high score. Walk Score  shows any address in over 3,0000 cities in US, Canada and Australia showing Transit, Bike and Walkable scores. Public transit, better commutes and proximity to the […]

Co-Housing in PDX


Chuck Durrett, award winning architect and author of Senior Cohousing Handbook: A Community Approach to Independent Living, was in Portland last week, I along with 30 other participants attended his half day workshop. SAGE Cohousing Advocates was one of the sponsors. We have a senior housing crisis in this country. Too many older adults are […]

Movin On Down the Road


Moving Time– Everyone is having a garage or yard sale – so colorful, all the stuff we have accumulated over the years, and than we drag it out on to the sidewalk for someone else to find that special treasure. Today one in four Multnomah county residents is 60 years or older and by 2030, […]

Super Host


I feel like I am in summer camp. Opening my email I received a Super Host Badge! The Airbnb Community celebrates their hosts who have had outstanding service for a year with a Profile Badge on my site – proving that I am dedicated to superb hospitality! Kinda like a star at the top of […]

Walking the WALK

Jeff Speck

Suburbs and Walking When I saw that Tigard, Oregon had a long term vision to be – “the most walkable community in the Pacific Northwest where people of all ages and abilities enjoy healthy and interconnected lives”, I was impressed with what moxie a suburban bedroom community of Portland had. Jeff Speck, a city planner […]

Portland ADU Tour Highlights

NE ADU Tour line up!

Build Small Live Large –  Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour Spring 2015 Sunny weekends always help to draw a larger crowd for home tours and this past weekend proved to be perfect for Portland’s 2nd annual Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour. Home tours are the perfect device to gather ideas, talk to homeowners, experts and see in […]

PDX Accessory Dwelling Tour


This weekend I am going to meet 1,000 new friends- that will come through my Sellwood Garden Studio for Portland’s Build Small Live Large ADU Tour! This is Portland’s 2nd annual Accessory Dwelling Unit tour, drawing attendees from across the country, showing the surging interest in small housing. There will be local ADU experts – […]

Time for a Face Lift

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How I got started I started my blog downsizemyspace– right size your lifestyle, in 2008 and seven years later it was time for the “face lift” techie remodel, so much has changed and improved with WordPress.   Now the posts are easier to read on all mobile platforms and there is more information about ADUS, […]