Downsizing The Family Home: What to Save, What to Let Go (Downsizing the Home)

“This is essential reading for anyone clearing out your own or a loved one’s home. . . . invaluable.” —The Wall Street Journal

It’s a rite of passage almost no one will escape: the difficult, emotional journey of downsizing your or your aging parents’ home. Here, nationally syndicated home columnist Marni Jameson sensitively guides readers through the process, from opening that first closet, to sorting through a lifetime’s worth of possessions, to selling the homestead itself. Using her own personal journey as a basis, she helps you figure out a strategy and create a mindset to accomplish the task quickly, respectfully, rewardingly—and, in the best of situations, even memorably. Throughout, she combines her been-there experience with insights from national experts—antiques appraisers, garage-sale gurus, professional organizers, and psychologists—to offer practical wisdom and heartwarming advice so you know with certainty what to keep, toss or sell.

Winner of: the 2017 Gold National Mature Media Award; the 2017 Silver EXCEL Award in the General Audience Book category; the 2016 Silver Nautilus Award; and the 2016 Bronze National Mature Media Award!
 

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Anonymous on January 18, 2020 at 7:07 PM.

A first for me: A book review! I’m not generally a fan of surprises; I’ve planned my life around avoiding the unexpected. These past few days, I’ve had a pleasant surprise, which has me pondering whether my tendency to a closed mindset is something to tackle in the upcoming year. I’ve been dreading a huge impending burden, knowing that it should not be my burden, but that it eventually will be, so I gathered my courage and started accepting the truth. My in-laws moved into assisted living over a year ago. They did so…

Anonymous on January 18, 2020 at 7:12 PM.

Fun to read and oh so very helpful at many levels Gosh, could I really be the one fortunate enough to be the first reviewer? I’ve read Marni’s columns in The Denver Post for years and have laughed and ached with her along the way as she elegantly handled major life change after major life change. Last night I watched a retrospective about Erma Bombeck on PBS and realized that both these women, Erma and Marni, have amused, inspired and informed me iwith their sly, humorous wisdom.This book will help people. And it will entertain…