Book Review: Downsizing The Family Home: What to Save, What to Let Go

by Marni Jameson

It’s a rite of passage almost no one will escape: the difficult, emotional journey of downsizing your or your aging parents’ home. Here, nationally syndicated home columnist Marni Jameson sensitively guides readers through the process, from opening that first closet, to sorting through a lifetime’s worth of possessions, to selling the homestead itself. Using her own personal journey as a basis, she helps you figure out a strategy and create a mindset to accomplish the task quickly, respectfully, rewardingly—and, in the best of situations, even memorably. Throughout, she combines her been-there experience with insights from national experts—antiques appraisers, garage-sale gurus, professional organizers, and psychologists—to offer practical wisdom and heartwarming advice so you know with certainty what to keep, toss or sell.

About the Author

  Marni Jameson is America’s most-loved home and lifestyle columnist. Her humorous and helpful column appears in 25 papers nationwide, reaching seven million readers each week, including loyal followers who have been following her home adventures for a decade. Jameson has written two critically acclaimed books: The House Always Wins: Create the Home You Love Without Busting Your Budget and House of Havoc: How to Make and Keep a Beautiful Home . . . (both Da Capo Press). A top-tier journalist, Jameson has written for many national women’s magazines, includingWoman’s Day and Family Circle, and major metropolitan newspapers. A frequent guest on local and national TV and radio, she has appeared on many programs, including NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Martha Stewart Living, and Fox and Friends. She lives in Orlando, FL.
Amazon Customer Review:
5 stars  Fun to read and oh so very helpful at many levels

Reviewed by B. Rogers 

Gosh, could I really be the one fortunate enough to be the first reviewer? I’ve read Marni’s columns in The Denver Post for years and have laughed and ached with her along the way as she elegantly handled major life change after major life change. Last night I watched a retrospective about Erma Bombeck on PBS and realized that both these women, Erma and Marni, have amused, inspired and informed me iwith their sly, humorous wisdom.

This book will help people. And it will entertain while doing so. I say this as the veteran of several grueling downsizings and clean outs for parents and in-laws. That was some of the hardest (physically) and most wrenching (emotionally and financially) work of my 71 years. I needed but could not at that time find the emotional support and clarity this little book offers. Further, I’m now clear in my determination not to saddle our own children with a house packed to the gills with our “treasures.” Yes, Marni, I get it and a big thank you for giving me new courage and tools to tackle this challenge.