Sorting through a lifetime’s worth of accumulated possessions can be an overwhelming and especially stressful process that millions of Americans discover every year. 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.Decluttering guru Peter Walsh knows the difficulty of downsizing firsthand. Along with six of his siblings, he recently went through the process of downsizing his childhood home and dividing his late parents’ family possessions. Walsh relied on his organizational expertise and knack for dealing with the underlying fears that surround an attachment to stuff. Now, in Let It Go, he reframes downsizing from an overwhelming chore to a rejuvenating life change. The book features many tips and practical takeaways, such as how to:
- Agree on strategies for dividing heirlooms between siblings without drama
- Establish a hierarchy of mementos and collectibles
- Calculate the amount of stuff you can bring into your new life
- Understand the emotional challenges that accompany downsizing
This new phase brings unexpected freedoms, opportunities, and responsibilities, and Walsh walks readers through every step of the process.