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Downsizing The Family Home: What to Save, What to Let Go

by Marni Jameson

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I wish I'd had this book a few years ago when two households in my extended family had to be downsized. Marni Jameson writes with good humor (I chuckled many times), compassion, and lots of excellent practical advice. Though this book definitely gives concrete strategies for sorting through and liquidating a home, it is different from "declutter" and "organize" and "sell stuff" guides in that it talks about the emotional side. What should you do with your mom's wedding dress? Your childhood bedroom furniture? Your mom's china that was an important part of every family celebration you can remember? How do you dispose of your parents' belongings in a way that respects and honors everyone's memories? You will find good suggestions here, and that's a comfort. ( )
  iBeth | May 20, 2016 |
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"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."… (more)

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