The art of downsizing is getting to the point where you have just enough; a point of sufficiency and satisfaction.
This book focuses on the emotional side of downsizing. It is not about the practicalities of
sorting and selling and donating, but how it feels to do all that, to get rid of your
children's favorite toys, even if your children now are forty years old with their own children.
How it feels to discard years' worth of pictures of family vacations, holidays, celebrations. The
disappointment and disbelief when those things you've been saving "for the children" are not
wanted by them. Sara holds nothing back as she talks about her pain and sadness and
exhaustion. She also shares her sense of relief and of lightness as she gets closer to realizing she has just enough; that all the stuff is completely unnecessary for her sense of sufficiency and of joy.
As you read about her emotional journey, you will know you're not alone during yours. You will
find Sara a caring, light-hearted, funny companion along the way, offering helpful hints
on how to communicate effectively with Real Estate Agents, Professional Downsizers, Stagers,
friends and family. She offers sage advice about taking care of yourself during the process, and
understanding what "getting to enough" means and how it can be so helpful to you.
About the Author
Sara B. Hart, PhD, founded her management consulting company, Hartcom, 20 years ago to focus on people development, leadership development, coaching, and team building inside organizations. Much of Sara's work centers on how to build a Thinking Environment (www.timetothink.com) in which people can do their best thinking. Sara is also a speaker and a coach, and hosts a radio show called Prime Spark, designed for women over the age of 55. A special project she has had for many years is called the Sign of Enough, which helps us answer the question "How will I know when I have enough?" Sara's interest in this idea has grown over the years as the economic inequality in the United States and around the world has become more significant, our overconsumption continues to place our environment at risk, and many of us seem to have forgotten what's really most important as we strive for more and more and more. Sara loves to go on bike rides, walks, to attend movies, concerts, opera, theatre, and especially to have dinner with friends. She lives with her cat, Mr. Bu, in Los Altos, California.
"A survival guide that is beautifully written with a lot of helpful insights. This is Sara's personal journey that she undertook with a lot of courage. You will benefit from her wisdom. Be inspired to start simplifying your life. Anette Voges, MS, LMFT"
"Sara's book will be your trusty emotional companion through one of life's major milestones. Share your ups and downs with her and use her insightful questions to ease every step of the way." Lynn Myhal, Ph.D., M.C.C.