And that's a key insight: I think one needs to read several of these titles in order to shift your thinking so that you can accept 'letting go' and learn how best to make those downsizing decisions. After almost 30 years in the same house, my parents are moving across country and Peter Walsh is the reason I still have my sanity. I've found his style helpful, in large part because he addresses the emotional aspects of decluttering - that not only does getting rid of stuff feel like a loss, but also that the need to declutter is often triggered by some other loss. We downsized from two homes to one years ago when I had an infant, and I could not deal with sorting through everything at that time, so my current house is not only cluttered with the extras from that consolidation, but also all the new stuff that comes with having kid This book is specifically for people who need to downsize either their own home or their parents' home. This had not occurred to me before-- I had while reading other books gone through the visualization exercises about how you aspire to live your life, but those always ended with thinking of how to make your actions and behavior align with your goals. We are slowly reevaluating things we have and things that are coming into our house. It's time to clean out the closets, the basement, and all those boxes that you haven't looked through in years maybe decades.
I've been wanting to check out some other declutter literature since hopping on the Marie Kondo bandwagon, but this wasn't particularly the book for me. But ultimately I already know that I can donate items or sell them on Craigslist. Somehow that acknowledgement freed me. When I cleaned out my front coat closet, for instance, I had 16 pair of gloves. Truly, the most wonderful gift we can leave our heirs is not leaving them a house packed full of our junk to sort through someday. I recommend this book for any reader who has to make a move, any reader who wants to downsize or streamline the items in their home, and any reader who has to help a relative downsize or settle an estate. Understand the emotional challenges that accompany downsizing.
After this experience, he downsized his own home. I'll have to remember this one because I know my sisters and I will be faced with this someday. But I did appreciate a lot of what he had to say about our emotional co I've been wanting to check out some other declutter literature since hopping on the Marie Kondo bandwagon, but this wasn't particularly the book for me. Sadly, I think his message is diluted because it gets lost among the other more filler-like stuff. Also, I don't really appre I dunno, I don't think I learned anything new from this. This one is mostly targeting people in a transition period where they need to downsize moving to a smaller house, cleaning out a deceased parent's house, etc.
My husband and I are downsizing our current household, so I listened to the audiobook more as encouragement while purging useless items. Now, in Let It Go, you'll access Peter's many tips and practical takeaways, such as how to: Understand the emotional challenges that accompany downsizing, create strategies for working with your spouse, adult kids, or siblings without drama and identify the objects that will bring you real happiness. Full Synopsis Sorting through a lifetime's worth of accumulated possessions can be a daunting and stressful process that millions of Americans confront every year. Reading his account of that process really helped me frame my own attachments and how I do and will deal with other people's treasures. Enter Peter Walsh with a plan.
And that's a key insight: I think one needs to read several of these titles in order to shift your thinking so that you can accept 'letting go' and learn how 4½ stars. Calculate the amount of stuff you can bring into your new life. Now that you're in this new phase of your life, keep having experiences that are worth treasuring forever. Peter doesn't see downsizing as a difficult chore, rather, it's a freeing, rejuvenating process. Establish a hierarchy of mementos and collectibles. He realized that making these decisions about mementos and heirlooms creates strong emotions and can be an overwhelming chore.
Decluttering guru Peter Walsh knows the difficulty of downsizing firsthand. He also has an entire chapter about how to manage the situation when you and your siblings have to go through a parent's estate, and some ways to reduce the stress and conflict involved in that. Along with six of his siblings, he went through the process of downsizing his family home and dividing his late parents' possessions. I would send a copy of this book to my mother now if I thought she would actually read it and not just lose it in the house. Throughout the book, he offers practical wisdom that tackles a lot of the big pitfalls of downsizing, 1 emotionally charged items. Downsizing often happens around a momentous life change, whether it's empty nesters and retirees selling their large family home, newlyweds blending their households, workers relocating to an urban area, or adult children cleaning out their parents' property after they've moved into an assisted living facility or passed away. My grievance with the last Peter Walsh book I read was that he just said to throw things away, whereas here he goes into a little more detail in regards to steps to take before reaching that point.
He is a popular organization expert who appears regularly on The Rachael Ray Show and writes a quarterly column for O the Oprah Magazine. The tone of the whole book was a gentle approach to gaining a good insight to the Western world's penchant for too many inherited 'treasures'. But there's a lot of redundancy and the anecdotal side bar stories don't speak to me, although I am definitely in his demographic. I'll need to examine all the things I used to use a lot before I had kids, and see if they currently make sense in my current life. I've read the advice in least 6 different books. For me, the very wise counsel in terms of nostalgic collections and out-of-date furniture were real gems of philosophy into what I needed to at least acknowledge in order to make decisions.
He realized that making these decisions about mementos and heirlooms creates strong emotions and sometimes sibling rivalries. This new phase brings unexpected freedoms, opportunities, and responsibilities, and Walsh walks readers through every step of the process. A garage sale with donations to follow is in our near future. We downsized from two homes to one years ago when I had an infant, and I could not deal with sorting through everything at that time, so my current house is not only cluttered with the extras from that consolidation, but also all the new stuff that comes with having kids. Much better than the Magic of Tidying Up or whatever that book was that was so popular a few years back. Zak and I eliminated 3 plastic storage containers of stuff and consolidated to just one!! It's time to do this so that you can move into that house that doesn't take all your time and resources to do the maintenance and upkeep. I couldn't help but think of George Carlin's comments There were parts of this book that I had found helpful.
After this experience, he downsized his own home. He has great guidelines to help with dealing with keepsakes and other nostalgia. This book is so insightful. Short Synopsis In this book, decluttering guru Peter Walsh walks listeners through the process of downsizing and explains the benefits of letting go of the things we don't need. He realized that making these decisions about mementos and heirlooms creates strong emotions and sometimes sibling rivalries. Also cautionary tales about how people can make mistakes and keep the wrong items and discard things they'll later regret having lost if you don't take the time to be thoughtful about the process.
This book offered concrete, practical advice on dealing with clutter. After this experience, he downsized his own home. This was available without a wait at my library, so it was sort of chosen by default from the books he has written. Now, in Let It Go, you'll access Peter's many tips and practical takeaways, such as how to: Understand the emotional challenges that accompany downsizing. In recent years, books in the decluttering-tidying up genre have flooded the popular memes of the day.