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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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Marni Jameson

Back in 2003 -- and because it was cheaper than therapy -- I started writing a weekly column about all the frustrations I had with remodeling, decorating, managing a hectic household, buying and selling houses, getting a grip on clutter, and how to live beautifully on a journalist's budget. You know, problems like dealing with the tile mason who has a drinking problem, or the teen who wants to paint her room lime green, or the clearing out of my parents' home of 50 years in one week. In other words, the stuff of life, which always hits home.

My newspaper columns, which became nationally syndicated, provided me access to some of the nation's top experts on all these topics, so I was getting free advice and passing it on to my readers. Hence my books: "The House Always Wins," "House of Havoc," and most recently, "Downsizing the Family Home." I hope you will laugh, identify, learn and live better and more beautifully as a result of joining this journey.

What else? I was born in California, went to school in Kansas and Vermont, had a seven-year layover in Colorado, and now call Florida home. I have been a health reporter for years, for the Los Angeles Times and the Orlando Sentinel, written for major magazines (Woman's Day, Family Circle, Child) , and shared lots of advice as a guest on TV and radio shows. Not least, I have two daughters, three step children, and most tolerant husband.

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