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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Downsizing or rightsizing?

You could be doing both. Rightsizing is taking stock of what you have and eliminating all those things you really don't need or absolutely love. This can be done at any time of life. Downsizing generally refers to the decision to move to smaller quarters and eliminate much of what you have accumulated over a life time of collecting, whether consciously or unconsciously (as in "where in the world did all this stuff come from?"). Sometimes downsizing is associated with those who are through raising their families, retiring and leaving larger homes for an easier and simpler lifestyle.

I would love to encourage all of us to start the rightsizing process sooner rather than later. Do we really need all this stuff around us to make us feel good about ourselves? Why do we need to buy something from every place we visit or every event we attend? Does the set of plastic baseball cups on the top shelf in the back of the cabinet with the dead spiders in them really bring us any pleasure? Why can't we live without these things?

Author Ciji Ware has written a great book called "Rightsizing Your Life" and I highly recommend it. Go to or and order a copy, then pass it on to a friend or family member.

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