Downsizing the Family Home: What to Save, What to Let Go by Marni Jameson, 237 pages (2015)
Marni Jameson writes from two sets of personal experiences: clearing out and selling her parents' home after they moved into an assisted living community, plus downsizing her own possessions after her divorce. Jameson picks the brains of experts in the field, providing helpful information on handling what to keep, what to sell and how (auction versus estate and yard sales) and what to give away (and where). Once the home is emptied, we also learn some tips on how to maximize profits by carefully choosing what to spend money on to prepare the house for the market.
This practical guide taught me that I should periodically weed through my own things, and probably try to get my older relatives to do so too. Most importantly, Jameson's experts stress that our things (and the things of those we love) do not define us.