Whether you are preparing for an upcoming move, assisting a loved one with a downsizing transition, or striving to live simply, these four books will encourage, motivate and guide you through each step.
Author Harry L. Rinker, a collectibles expert and professional appraiser, answers virtually every question you might have about process of de-cluttering and selling your belongings. His practical advice will help you determine re-sale value, handle the emotional turmoil of letting go, and know when to call in the experts. “Creating memories is the key to successfully passing a family heirloom to the next generation. If you want your family treasures to be treasured by the next generation, you need to create memories with them. Use your grandparents’ dinnerware, flatware, and stemware when entertaining your children. Memories are made standing around the kitchen sink washing these items by hand and talking. Take pictures while you do all this and pass these down with the objects. Most importantly, write down and record the family stories associated with your family heirlooms.”
Re-Creating Home: Downsizing and De-Cluttering After 50 by Fran Scoville and Holley Ulbrich
With suggested “homework” at the end of each section, this is a working guide for overcoming obstacles, making a plan, and acknowledging the emotional challenges of each step. With insights on how our various personality traits impact our downsizing techniques, it speaks to everyone. “No major change in life is without its sunny side and its shadow, and every person’s experience is at least a little bit different.”
Whether you’re moving to a new home or downsizing “in place” this book offers organizing principles and advice for dealing with challenging areas like photos, junk mail, clothing, family treasures and sentimental clutter. With a helpful checklist and Appendix, this simple format is an easy start to a long process.
Scaling Down: Living Large in a Smaller Space by Judi Culbertson and Marj Decker
Written by two organizing experts, this book provides short and simple worksheets, quizzes, and step-by-step instructions. From navigating the complex task of dividing family heirlooms among children, to freeing yourself from the obligation to keep unwanted gifts, this is a resource you can refer to throughout your transition.