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Empty nesters enjoy the freedom of downsizing

Shedding old belonging and downsizing can be stressful — and liberating

When Christine and Shawn Corr decided to leave their four-bedroom Colonial in Concord they had lived in for 27 years for a smaller condo in Charlestown, the couple became quite deft at using the online marketplace Craigslist.

Christine Corr used Craigslist to unload ­antique book cases, bedroom sets, chairs, lamps, and rugs, and other things she and her husband had collected over the years while raising four children in the suburbs.

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