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A new, updated Moving On is available now!  


      You can buy our e-book at BookBaby Bookshop 

You can also buy it at  Amazon,  Barnes & Noble, Apple iBookstore, and Kobo,

(Important note: You don’t need a mobile device to read Moving On: you can download the book to your home computer or laptop by using a reader app, available free online.)

Moving On is helpful to people at all stages of life.

“I retired a little over a year ago and vowed to simplify my life, but had no idea where to begin… But after reading just a few chapters of Moving On, suddenly I was able to move forward both physically and, even more importantly, emotionally. If you want your life to work better, read this book!” — Steve Hayden, Vice Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, Retired

Thank you to these talented authors for such excellent and practical strategies on downsizing, decluttering, and honoring what is important in our lives. I am not even downsizing yet, but I found the tips to be very meaningful… I recommend this book at the highest level possible – if you are even thinking about this book, you need this! — Ellen Ettinger

This is a great book….and as soon as I am ready, I will refer to it for every item I pick up. Right now, I am at the stage when I pick up an item I think “What do Linda and Janet say I should do?” before I make the big mistake and put the item down again. But I consider that progress. Thanks for writing this much needed book. — Starknitter

“I’m in the midst of major downsizing (5BR, 5000 sq ft to tiny, 2 BR, 1200 sq ft). Your book offered empathetic encouragement!” — Joanna

See our video here

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Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home is an upbeat, hands-on guide that pulls together a wealth of practical information, sanity-saving tips, and heartwarming stories from people who have emptied out a family home packed full of “stuff.” While primarily aimed at those dealing with a home that has been lived in for many years, it is a valuable resource for anyone who is trying to stay on top of accumulating too much stuff in the first place.

You’ll find tips on:

  • How to care for, preserve, donate, or sell objects
  • How to get rid of the things no one wants (from collectibles to old family letters, from fine china to the toxic waste under the kitchen sink)
  • How to find the perfect balance between “keeping” and “throwing”
  • How to do the job in a way that is ecologically responsible
  • How to manage the emotional issues and family dynamics that often arise

Professional organizers and senior move managers find Moving On especially helpful for their clients who have difficulty in getting rid of things.

Each chapter provides a checklist of “smart questions to ask” to help jump-start the process, foster communication, and ensure that nothing important is forgotten.

A comprehensive reference section connects readers with live links to additional resources on selling, donating, or otherwise disposing of various categories of objects.

Anecdotes from people who have been through this process show that despite the inevitable tedium, there can also be surprising moments of deep satisfaction, even fun.

“The good news is that, while this is a big job, and it can be overwhelming…it can offer wonderful moments of nostalgia, new chances to heal old wounds, and great opportunities for family bonding,” the authors conclude.


6 Responses

  1. This sounds so great. I don ‘t have an ebook reader. Is the updated version available in a tradional book format?

    Thanks so much.

    Ellen Bates-Brackett

  2. […] Seabury Resources for Aging welcomes guest blogger Linda Hetzer, coauthor, with Janet Hulstrand, of Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home, as she shares her tips on age-friendly communities. Visit Seabury’s website to find out […]

  3. […] father’s house in preparation for his move to an apartment—and then co-wrote a book about it, Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home, and followed up with a blog, Downsizing the Home: Lessons […]

  4. […] house in preparation for his move to an apartment — and then co-wrote a book about it, Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home, which was followed up with a blog, Downsizing the Home: Lessons […]

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