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Scaling Down : Living Large in a Smaller Space Paperback – Bargain Price, March 2, 2005
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About the Author
JUDI CULBERTSON is a New York-based organizing/ decluttering expert who gives clutter-control seminars coast to coast. She is also the author of a decluttering newsletter, Traveling Light.
MARJ DECKER is the CEO of the Denver-based company Time Is Priceless, which specializes in helping people downsize.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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This book also has the gentle guidance you need when trying to cope with your emotional attachments to your possessions. This book isn't full of intimidating, glossy photos of perfectly organized rooms. Instead, it is full of information you will use on a daily basis to both clean up your space and keep it that way.
For now, I would prefer to focus on scaling down as a matter of course. Not because of a life event, but because smaller homes are more maintainable and better for the environment - and of course more affordable as well in the hot real estate market around Boston. I think the authors themselves may have been through a lot of the above, and therefore the book took on that tone. But if you read it, it is still useful for younger people - although they didn't address it, you could certainly scale down when you move from your childhood home to your college dorm room, or if you were moving across the country for a job. Scaling down is a lifelong process that needs to occur - and reoccur when we let it go. This book had a lot of good tips. Overall, I'm glad I bought this practical book.
I loved sections of it. The parts that really helped me were talking about the excuses and emotional reasons we hang onto things, and also about how to go through your clothing closet - I probably "hoard" clothing and books, but little else. I do plan to use the ideas in the book to go through my closet, especially transitioning from a 20-something who went to nightclubs and fancy parties to a 30-something mom who is more likely to go hiking or play in the playground when she's not in the office. It is hard to give up clothing which is symbolic of times you had in your youth, and this book has some great ideas for how to deal with those feelings
Be kind to yourself and don't fall in love with things that can't love you back. Spouses, children, puppies, kittens can stay. The other stuff, make room in your life for those things that love you back. One man's junk is another man's treasure. Find that other man and give him your junk. You'll be happy and so will the recipient, even if it's a charitable organization.
Go to Goodwill or the Salvation Army and look at what they have for sale. You know your stuff is better than that. Improve Goodwill and Salvation Army's image, give them something that's good and new instead of junk.
Buy this book and help yourself work through letting go of the stuff that hold's you captive. Freedom is just a few chapters away!
The book cites numerous interesting case examples covering almost every situation including one's own home, olderfamily members' homes, and friends' homes. It also addresses the hows and whys of having and holding on to so much stuff in the first place and various psychological thought processes involved in letting go of particular items yet keeping others.
For me, an added bonus to reading the book is that I now have half of my Christmas list figured out. I will be giving this book to several relatives and friends as nice gift yet subtle hint.
I found it to be an extremely helpful and energizing book and am definitely looking forward to reading their next book.
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