All across the country, the groans are getting louder as the adult children of aging parents, and often the parents themselves, look at a lifetime of accumulations and cry: "What am I going to do with all this stuff?"
In Downsizing the Family Home
, beloved syndicated columnist Marni Jameson chronicles her own emotional yet successful efforts to clear out her childhood home when her parents were transitioning to assisted living. Filled with wise (and detailed) advice about what to keep and what to let go, inspired tips from experts, and loads of comforting empathy and good humor, this guide to positively dealing with an overwhelming amount of treasured belongings (and all that other stuff) is itself a small and valuable treasure! And for those preparing to tackle this major life project, the Downsizing the Family Home Workbook
—filled with keep/toss/sell checklists, space to record sales records, and writing prompts to help you sort through your emotions and thoughts—will help you stay organized, focused, and motivated throughout the downsizing process. (CH)