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Downsizing forces difficult decisions about what to keep

Downsizing during a move means making difficult decisions about what to keep

A mong the many chores facing 81-year-old Bernice Auslander as she prepares to move from the home in Newton where she has lived for more than half a century is one particularly weighted with emotion and sentiment: deciding what goes with her - and what gets left behind.

So the living room couch seemingly out of a set from “Mad Men’’? Stays behind. But a beloved painting by her daughter-in-law is coming with her.

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