Downsizing the Family Home

Downsizing the Family Home

What to Save, What to Let Go

Book - 2015
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"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!
Publisher: New York : Sterling, [2015]
Copyright Date: ♭2015
ISBN: 9781454916338
Characteristics: xviii, 237 pages :,illustrations ;,21 cm


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Feb 28, 2017

Excellent book full of great advice. The author really provides good emotional support for a job can be difficult for some of us.
Plus It is easy to read and not overwhelming.

martins_mom Nov 14, 2016

This came along at just the right time for me and my family. Full of thoughtful advice and honest musings about dealing the 'things', how they represent ourselves, our relatives and our memories of the past.

Oct 31, 2016

Jameson shares her hard-earned wisdom about downsizing homes, both her own and her parents. The book reads quickly and includes a few other case histories besides her own family. The author also provides resources for finding help and walks the reader through the process of buying a house. Advice includes recognizing that this is an emotional process which will hit you hard and edit your own life so your children aren't surprised with the crisis that the Jameson and her brother faced. She repeatedly reminds the reader that your stuff isn't worth as much as you think it is and your children don't want it.

May 06, 2016

Lots of great tips and advice on how to pare down all the stuff and keep the things that really make you happy. Easy read and well worth it.

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