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Publisher's Summary

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 retiree selling your family home, a newlywed blending your households, or 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
  • Identify the objects that will bring you real happiness

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Peter Walsh (P)2017 Tantor

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  • A Texan
  • 04-06-17

Mainly about parents home and not your own

From the title I thought this was going to be about downsizing my own home. However much of the book is dedicated to clearing out a parents home and dealing with siblings.

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  • 03-07-19

I should have chosen a different book

I think this wasn't the right book for me at this time. I found it depressing because I'm not ready to think about decluttering my parent's home. I like Peter Walsh but not this book. And it was a little repetitive. It was more of a 2 star book for me but I think the book deserved a higher rating than that even though it didn't appeal to me.

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  • Allears917
  • 11-09-18

This was a very helpful book

I finished listening to this book, the first time, but I know I will listen to it again and again. This book has a lot of insight into decluttering now. This book is up to date and it points out different aspects of decluttering that need to be addressed. Walsh knows the ins and out of this process and communicates it very well. I will keep listening as I go through this process.

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  • Mischief M
  • 31-05-17

Very impactful on this new phase and how I related and attitudes towards it.

So very helpful to take time to recognize your head space, and realize why you are keeping things. I am grateful to hear I do not need to have permission, to craft my life, from anyone else but me, or those who have direct impact on how my things effect them. This has been very helpful.

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  • KMPinPDX
  • 14-04-17

Very repetitive and didn't seem insightful

I wound up returning because I did not find this book very helpful and it was quite repetitive.

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  • Leslie Keshishian
  • 10-04-21

Love this book

I am in the process of moving. I am an empty nester and I’m downsizing from a family of 5. I be also have inherited all of my mother’s and grandmother’s things. This book has helped my SO much! I have read it twice while continuing to go through this process. It has helped me realize it’s okay to let go of these things from my precious family. Here is to a new and freer life ahead!

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  • T Stone
  • 20-01-20

Extremely helpful

This book was so much better than the dozens of books addressing similar subject matter. The narrator was outstanding.

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  • CeeCee Jones
  • 04-01-20

very informative

i listened to this during a long af ride and found a lot of very informative information and tips I'm going to try.

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  • Tim Butterfield
  • 03-03-19

very useful!!

Wish my family and I could have read this before having to downsize my Dad's house! Very insightful.

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  • OrganicGreen
  • 20-11-18

Good compete insight.

I’ve read a number of books on decluttering and downsizing. This book offered me new insight into the items I owned. I was able to let go of items I was keeping for my children that were going to be obsolete due to technology. I listened to this book while I was actually doing a clear out and was able to let go of many items.

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  • olivia abbatt
  • 26-03-21

Very helpful

This book helped me to do challenging tasks and is both practical and reflective. Thanks Peter!

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  • ruth noutch
  • 27-02-21

More psychological than useful to me

I was looking for practical ways to clear, but found myself listening to psychologies of people when they do this. Quite self indulgent and not what I was looking for sorry!!

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  • Lisa-Maree Ellett
  • 17-01-19

Downsizing is the new way to live!

Peter Walsh does it again. We love this book as we are currently downsizing. This is great if you can read it or listen before you downsize but if you are like us and had to move quickly and well we had 3-4 houses into one and no kids in one move! It is fabulous. Thanks, Peter, I am getting there and life is feeling much lighter!