Let It Go

Let It Go

Downsizing your Way to A Richer, Happier Life

Book - 2017
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Baker & Taylor
"Sorting through a lifetime's worth of accumulated possessions can be a daunting and stressful process that millions of Americans confront every year. The need to downsize often arises at a momentous life change, whether you're an empty nester or retireeselling your family home, a newlywed blending your households, or you're cleaning out your parents' property after they've moved into assisted living or passed away. Decluttering guru Peter Walsh knows the difficulty of downsizing firsthand. Along with six of his siblings, he went through the process of downsizing his family home and dividing his late parents' possessions. He realized that making these decisions about mementos and heirlooms creates strong emotions and sometimes sibling rivalries. After this experience, he downsized his own home. Peter doesn't see downsizing as a difficult chore, rather, it's a freeing, rejuvenating process. Now, in Let It Go, you'll access Peter's many tips and practical takeaways, such as how to: Understand the emotional challenges that accompany downsizing. Create strategies for working with your spouse, adult kids, or siblings without drama. Calculate the amount of stuff you can bring into your new life. Identify the objects that will bring you real happiness, and therest that you should let go Peter will walk you through every step of the process and show you how to use downsizing as a positive experience that sets you up to better enjoy the opportunities that the next phase in your life will offer. "--

McMillan Palgrave
Say goodbye to clutter, reduce stress, and live simply with this easy-to-use guide to downsizing!

Whether you are selling your family home, blending households into a new home, or cleaning out your aging parents’ home, sorting through a lifetime’s worth of accumulated possessions can be a daunting and stressful experience. Decluttering guru Peter Walsh recently went through the process of downsizing his childhood home and dividing his late parents’ possessions among his family. He realized that making these decisions about mementos and heirlooms creates strong emotions and can be an overwhelming chore.

In Let It Go, Peter will help you turn downsizing into a rejuvenating life change with his useful tips and practical takeaways, including how to:
• Understand the emotional challenges that accompany downsizing
• Establish a hierarchy of mementos and collectibles
• Calculate the amount of stuff you can bring into your new life
• Create strategies for dividing heirlooms among family members without drama

This new phase brings unexpected freedoms and opportunities, and Peter walks you through every step of the process. You’ll feel freer and happier than you ever thought possible once you Let It Go.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Rodale,, [2017]
ISBN: 9781623367794
Characteristics: vii, 248 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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apollospacefan Jun 24, 2018

I've never heard of this "decluttering guru" and don't find his book useful. Of course there are emotional aspects to decluttering, but Peter Walsh focuses entirely on the emotional and gives very little practical advice. If you're really struggling emotionally, maybe the book would be helpful, but maybe therapy would be better.
For more constructive and direct advice both emotional and practical, KonMari is still the winner in my book.

Apr 18, 2018

Well written and filled with common sense and practical advice. Highly recommend.

Apr 30, 2017

There are many books on the simplify-your-life movement out right now, but what was especially interesting about this one was the exploration of the psychology of why we keep stuff - not just from the perspective of "I might need it" or "guilt because it was a gift/heirloom," but how it represents our past selves or our possible selves, and how that keeps us from truly being our present self.

Apr 12, 2017

Lots of helpful info.

SPL_Robyn Mar 20, 2017

Reviewed in the Stratford Gazette, March 2017


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SPL_Robyn Mar 20, 2017

It’s SPRING! Happy lambs bouncing, robins and chickadees singing, tulips and hyacinths blooming, yard sale signs replicating at the speed of light…
Wait, what?
If it’s Spring, it’s yard sale season. Which means decluttering, which means (most likely) facing an unwieldly amount of stuff in one’s basement, garage, spare rooms and junk drawers that just needs to GO. And if the KonMari* method seems too forbidding then pick up Peter Walsh’s newest book Let It Go to help get the decluttering/downsizing purge started.
A follow-up to his previous book, the best-selling It’s All Too Much, Walsh focuses on overcoming those obstacles that keep us from getting rid of the stuff in our lives – the difficulties of not enough time, or feelings of loss and change, or family dynamics (oy). He instead suggests reframing this process as fulfilling, a celebration, a reflective time of renewal. Put like that, even downsizing a beloved and mourned family member’s possessions can feel rewarding, not daunting. Life isn’t about stuff, he says, but there is room for treasure – it just can’t all be treasure, and it’s ok to let objects go.
What makes Walsh’s book a little different is that he really emphasizes the introspective, mindful examination of why we become so attached to our things, and challenges us to think about who we might be without it all. It isn’t as scary as it sounds, and Walsh includes helpful exercises to assist in these self-scrutinies. He notes, with multiple examples from real life that those who follow this process - once the emotional element is examined – feel their lives are freer and their minds at peace. “It’s human nature for big changes [like downsizing and decluttering] to bring conflicted feelings,” Walsh writes. But it’s also ok to let go of “the clutter that blocks doors to somewhere better, the obstacles that hold you back… Let yourself go forward to somewhere better.”
Bring on that yard sale… and find your copy of Let It Go by Peter Walsh at http://spl.bibliocommons.com
*KonMari method as described in Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic in Tidying Up.


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