Downsizing the Family Home: What to Save, What to Let Go

It’s a rite of passage almost no one will escape: the difficult, emotional journey of downsizing your or your aging parents’ home.

Here, nationally syndicated home columnist Marni Jameson sensitively guides readers through the process, from opening that first closet, to sorting through a lifetime’s worth of possessions, to selling the homestead itself. Using her own personal journey as a basis, she helps you figure out a strategy and create a mindset to accomplish the task quickly, respectfully, rewardingly—and, in the best of situations, even memorably. Throughout, she combines her been-there experience with insights from national experts—antiques appraisers, garage-sale gurus, professional organizers, and psychologists—to offer practical wisdom and heartwarming advice so you know with certainty what to keep, toss or sell.

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Award Winning Book



  • 2017 APEX Grand Award for publication excellence – Editors Choice (2017 APEX Awards)
  • 2017 Silver EXCEL Award, General Audience Book category (2017 EXCEL Awards)
  • 2016 Silver Nautilus Award (2016 NAUTILUS Award)
  • 2016 Bronze National Mature Media Award
  • February 2016 Library Journal starred review

Downsizing the Family Home Book Reviews

AARP: 20 Tips to Declutter Your Home


My goal was to reach across generations to help families hand down their memories, not their stuff. This graphic appears in March’s AARP bulletin…it does a great job of capturing a glimpse of what lies between the book’s covers.

AARP PDF Downsizing the Family Home


Wall Street Journal: Books to Read Before You Downsize

“essential reading”… “invaluable”

Wall Street Journal Downsizing the Family Home PDF

Marin Independent Journal: IJ columnist Marni Jameson’s new book looks at downsizing the family home

 “… addresses what few others do — the powerful feelings and memories.”

 The Oklahoman: Columnist Marni Jameson’s book hits the head and heart

     “…truly a delight.”

The Library Journal:

“succinct … pithy … practical” (Starred review.)