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Downsizing The Family Home A Workbook

Author : Marni Jameson
ISBN : 145492652X
Genre : Family & Relationships
File Size : 71. 39 MB
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Part journal, part workbook, part scrapbook, this guide provides valuable advice and how-to checklists along with a place to reflect, record, and retain an important piece of family history, gently walking downsizers through the journey.

Let It Go

Author : Peter Walsh
ISBN : 9781623367794
Genre : House & Home
File Size : 39. 39 MB
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Say goodbye to clutter, reduce stress, and live simply with this easy-to-use guide to downsizing! Whether you are selling your family home, blending households into a new home, or cleaning out your aging parents' home, sorting through a lifetime's worth of accumulated possessions can be a daunting and stressful experience. Decluttering guru Peter Walsh recently went through the process of downsizing his childhood home and dividing his late parents' family possessions. He realized that making these decisions about mementos and heirlooms creates strong emotions and can be an overwhelming chore. In Let It Go, Peter will help you turn downsizing into a rejuvenating life change with his useful tips and practical takeaways, including how to: • Understand the emotional challenges that accompany downsizing • Establish a hierarchy of mementos and collectibles • Calculate the amount of stuff you can bring into your new life • Create strategies for dividing heirlooms among family members without drama This new phase brings unexpected freedoms and opportunities, and Peter walks you through every step of the process. You’ll feel freer and happier than you ever thought possible once you Let It Go.

Scaling Down

Author : Judi Culbertson
ISBN : 9781609616274
Genre : House & Home
File Size : 27. 13 MB
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How to make more of less--the book that shows you how to simplify your life, control clutter, and pare down your possessions for a move into smaller living quarters. There are plenty of anti-clutter experts around ready to exhort us to sort, store, and trash our belongings, but this book addresses the specific needs of people moving from a larger to a smaller space, or merging two (or more) people's possessions into a single abode. If you and your mate are about to swap your large, single-family house for a condo, or move your parents out of the family home of 40 years into an assisted-living center, where do you start? How do you decide what to take, what to leave behind, and what to do with your discards? What can you do to keep the move from seeming tinged with loss? Scaling Down not only offers terrific nuts-and-bolts strategies for paring down one's belongings to only the best and most meaningful items, but it also addresses the emotional aspects of streamlining--the complicated relationship we have with our "stuff." Countering the pervasive American prejudice that having less is a step down, the authors advance their concept of "living large wherever you are!"

Moving In The Right Direction

Author : Bruce Nemovitz
ISBN : 1887542450
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 68. 6 MB
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"Moving in the Right Direction" shares Bruce's experience and expertise on the many issues involved when seniors consider moving from their long-term home. Now seniors all across the country -- as well as the friends and family who care for them -- can turn to this simple, direct, and comprehensive guide as they make this important transition.

Moving On

Author : Linda Hetzer
ISBN : 9780991012213
Genre : Family & Relationships
File Size : 50. 98 MB
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Emptying a family home of all its contents is an experience that most people want to get away from as quickly as they can. But Linda Hetzer and Janet Hulstrand, authors of Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home, decided to write a book about it instead. “We decided to write the book we wish we could have had when we were going through the process of emptying our parents’ homes,” says Hetzer. Moving On provides a simple but very effective overview of how to actually get the job done, and how to deal practically and sensitively with the emotional issues that can arise among family members. It offers sage advice, practical tips, and helpful resources for baby boomers who are helping their parents downsize and move into smaller quarters, or emptying a house after the death of a parent. Hetzer and Hulstrand also publish a blog called Downsizing the Home: Lessons Learned. The AARP Bulletin says Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home helps readers “think beyond who gets all the good stuff...” and a National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) newsletter says it is “written with great respect for the process and the people engaged in it.” Professional organizers and senior move managers find Moving On especially helpful for their clients who have difficulty in getting rid of things. One senior move manager said, “We share this valuable book with our staff. We find it an excellent tool.“ According to a professional organizer, “This book is so thorough that you won't need another resource.” And one reviewer even referred to Moving On as “a downsizing bible.” Hetzer and Hulstrand write from personal experience. Hetzer’s father had been in his home for 50 years, and Hulstrand’s for 35. Both homes were full of “stuff,” some of it things that needed to be donated, some of it valuable family treasures, much of it mixed together in ways that made knowing which was which difficult. “We were confronted by a variety of questions that we just didn’t know how to answer,” Hulstrand says. “How do you know which things are valuable? How do you preserve old 8mm films and videos? How do you get rid of cell phones and other electronics in a way that is ecologically responsible?” Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home offers answers to these questions and more, and includes topics like how to start a conversation with parents who have mixed feelings about moving, and how to deal with differences of opinion among siblings. The authors also gathered stories from people who had found ways to manage the tensions that can arise between family members–and still get rid of the stuff. “The good news is that, while this is a big job, with the right approach, enough time, and a little bit of luck, clearing out the family home can be a positive experience,” Hulstrand and Hetzer write. “It can offer wonderful moments of nostalgia, new chances to heal old wounds, and great opportunities for family bonding.” What is the best tip to help break through the resistance of letting go of objects that have sentimental value? Acknowledge the importance of your emotional attachment to the objects, say the authors, and find ways to save the memories, whether it’s through writing about them, recording stories, or taking photographs. For many people, it’s the memories that are important, not the objects.

Downsizing Your Home With Style

Author : Lauri Ward
ISBN : 9780062045072
Genre : House & Home
File Size : 49. 17 MB
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When you're moving a lifetime's accumulation of belongings from a larger home into a jewel box, the task can seem overwhelming—and so can your emotions. How do you decide what to pack and what to part with? How can you use the things you have so that they function well and look right? Downsizing Your Home with Style answers these questions and more. Learn how to: Create more storage Make your stuff look smaller and your space look bigger Update and modernize your favorite old pieces Multipurpose your rooms and furniture Find a new home for the stuff you no longer need From the initial evaluation of your new home to one year after you have settled in, interior designer Lauri Ward takes you through every step with detailed tips, lists of good buys, tricks of the trade, photographs, and anecdotal examples, so that achieving spectacular results is simple and affordable, whatever your style or budget.

Take The U Out Of Clutter

Author : Mark Brunetz
ISBN : 9781101187241
Genre : House & Home
File Size : 90. 21 MB
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The host of Style Network's #1 rated show and a renowned life coach and New York Times bestselling author team up to teach people how to permanently de-clutter their homes. Does this sound familiar? "I've had that since I was a kid; it holds so many memories." "How can I give this away? It was my grandmother's." "But what if I need this eventually? You never know..." Mark Brunetz, host of Style Network's Clean House, and life coach and bestselling author Carmen Renee Berry share a simple yet breatkthrough understanding of clutter and how to conquer it. The source of clutter is the stories, beliefs, and emotions attached to objects. If readers learn to change their attachment to clutter they'll be able to clear away their mess. Each chapter includes step­by-step instructions, inspiring success stories, and exercises. The result will be a personally meaningful makeover-a new method to align the person the reader wants to be with the home the reader wants to have.

The Book On Downsizing

Author : Robert Miller
ISBN : 0988161109
Genre :
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Timely, topical and hard hitting, "The Book on Downsizing" squarely addresses the issues confronting our generation. Having lived through one of the most prosperous periods in history, Baby Boomers or "Zoomers" are challenged with simplifying and decluttering every aspect of their lives and this book provides a clear perspective on rightsizing this "Next Chapter." Dr. John Gray, PhD New York Times #1 bestselling author of "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus"

The Gentle Art Of Swedish Death Cleaning

Author : Margareta Magnusson
ISBN : 9781501173257
Genre : Self-Help
File Size : 83. 10 MB
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A charming, practical, and unsentimental approach to putting a home in order while reflecting on the tiny joys that make up a long life. In Sweden there is a kind of decluttering called döstädning, dö meaning “death” and städning meaning “cleaning.” This surprising and invigorating process of clearing out unnecessary belongings can be undertaken at any age or life stage but should be done sooner than later, before others have to do it for you. In The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, artist Margareta Magnusson, with Scandinavian humor and wisdom, instructs readers to embrace minimalism. Her radical and joyous method for putting things in order helps families broach sensitive conversations, and makes the process uplifting rather than overwhelming. Margareta suggests which possessions you can easily get rid of (unworn clothes, unwanted presents, more plates than you’d ever use) and which you might want to keep (photographs, love letters, a few of your children’s art projects). Digging into her late husband’s tool shed, and her own secret drawer of vices, Margareta introduces an element of fun to a potentially daunting task. Along the way readers get a glimpse into her life in Sweden, and also become more comfortable with the idea of letting go.

Sell Keep Or Toss

Author : Harry L. Rinker
ISBN : 9780375722400
Genre : Antiques & Collectibles
File Size : 56. 68 MB
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Describes how to recognize valuables, preserve mementos, and find a reputable appraiser in order to help determine what to sell, keep, or throw away when moving into a smaller house or settling an estate.

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