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Rightsizing Your Life: Simplifying Your Surroundings While Keeping What Matters Most Paperback – January 4, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
I can say is: what an annoying book.
Apparently the author is/ was a radio commentator
and journalist. Perhaps the commentator
background gave her the mistaken idea that
she needs to "push" every few words in writing,
the way radio and TV announcers "push"
every few words in their oral reporting.
This results in a book that is loaded with
italics - even in sentences needing no particular
Moreover, her prose is wordy beyond belief..
and she belabors the simplest point.
Here's an excerpt (I will use ALL CAPS
when she used ITALICS):
"So often in my experience with rightsizers I have observed that living with the new reality [of having downsized] sometimes has the effect of eventually reordering a few of their original priorities. The trick here is to grant any partner the dignity to come to his or her own conclusions as to the wisest use of space. If rightsizers can learn to ACCEPT things as they are at the moment and assume that reason will ultimately outseigh nostalgia or angst or a need to "run the show," the person can still save fce if alter ys says "You know, I think I'm ready to donate SOME of those magazines to the library" and isn't made to feel like he's eating crow. The ultimate test will be if both spouses are able to divest themsevles of many of their OTHER possessions that aren't as highly charged. Can they accept the basic premise that psychotherapist and professoinal organizer Cindy Glovinsky proclaims in her book Making Peace with the Things in your Life: "None of us owns a single, solitary thing permanently"?Read more ›
At the beginning of the process I had: a big suburban house and a wife; a car and a truck; a boy and a girl; a dog and a cat. Then the pets died, the children moved on to their own lives, wife wanted a divorce and the car. Sold the big house. Got rid of an incredible amount of junk, but still have more stuff than I need. Bought a quite small house one quarter the size.
I wish I had had this guide at the time. Although I did most of what she says, it took me a lot of thinking to do what she's already thought about. And she pointed out that there were a few things that I wish I'd done differently. The real key is exactly as she says is 'keeping what matters most,' and if I had had her advice, I'd have kept a few other things, gotten rid of some of the things I kept.
Well thought out, and worth the small cost.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful book, addressing all issues of adjusting one's living conditions to fit the current stage of life. It deals with psychological issues as will as very practical ones. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mary Elizabeth
We are in the process of downsizing due to moving to a smaller house and aging. Found this book very helpful.Published 13 months ago by Pam D.
Love the book and and it came a bit slowly but within he predicted time frame.Published 22 months ago by D. Senft
Whether moving to a smaller house or apartment, or just recognizing that we all have too much "stuff", this book helps make decisions now instead of leaving the job to... Read morePublished on April 2, 2014 by radardog
Book was very helpful bring up issues to think about if you are contemplating a move at mid-life or for preparing for a transition with your elderly parents.Published on March 6, 2014 by Jessie C
I am very pleased with this book and I am in the process of reading and doing my "homework". I feel it is very helpful in getting a clearer picture of how to go forward. Read morePublished on September 14, 2013 by Margaret A Oakes
Thank you Ciji. I have been dreading this phase of my life and this book is making it easier. I
keep rereading it and I feel better and better. Thanks again.