R is for rightsizing, if you want it to be. That’s the thing about SORT and Succeed. I’ve built in enough flexibility that you can make it work for you in any stage of life, including when you want to rightsize today to create your best life tomorrow, which happens to be the title of a new book that might be just what you need for your rightsizing journey.
Rightsize Today to Create Your Best Life Tomorrow
Marni Jameson new booK, Rightsize Today to Create Your Best Life Tomorrow, is really two books in one. The first half is a clear-headed look at how to evaluate whether to move or stay put later in life.
It’s subtitled, “a motivational guide for those seeking their ideal home later in life.” After reading the first several chapters with case studies of people choosing to swap their homes later in life, I was ready to hop in the car and tour all the senior communities in my area. (I’m not quite there yet, but I’m motivated to make that move when the time comes.)
She shares case studies of people and families like the ones we work with month after month to get organized, rightsize, and move. There was the couple with the hulking entertainment center in their living room that made one of the biggest transformations ever, then made their move. There was the bachelor (with the little kitchen who could) who decided to move across the state to be closer to his daughter, and now enjoys his grandchildren without a five hour drive. There was the family who actually upsized when their dream house became available. There was the family who had to convince mom to finally let go of the family home that no one had lived in for several years, because mom had already downsized to a condo she loved. You can see lots more before-and-after stories of staged homes here. Honestly, I don’t write about most of the staging and move jobs we complete because they happen so fast that I lack the time to feature them all. But the common threads that run through these late-life moves are described beautifully in Marni’s book.
Although the decision to move can be very emotional, Marni’s level-headed and data-guided rating tool for moving can make a big decision easier to discuss with a spouse and easier to place in time.
The second half of the book is a shopper’s guide for buying quality items that will last you a lifetime. Chances are you have many items that you love using because of their quality and usefulness. When people move later in life, after raising children and being tethered to a certain job, often, they take this move as an opportunity to trade up on some household essentials. If you want to trade a stuffed closet full of scratchy and mis-matched sheets for two sets of quality sheets, Marni has a chapter on better linens. (Two sets of quality sheets is all you need; one on each bed and one washed set in the closet or dresser. I heartily agree on that point!) Furniture, pots and pans, mattresses, and even soap, Marni has sage advice on when it’s wise to splurge for better quality goods.
If you are considering a move after 50, or helping your parents, definitely check out Marni’s new book.
Need more books on organizing? Check out this great list of over 50 books written by my professional organizer colleagues.
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