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“Downsizing your life is a rollercoaster of emotions. I would be lying to say it is easy.” – Rita Wilkins, “The Downsizing Designer”Rita’s downsizing journey was inspired by a trip to a third world country when she traveled to Senegal, West Africa to visit her son who was serving in the Peace Corps. She was profoundly moved by the people who were truly happy even though th “Downsizing your life is a rollercoaster of emotions. I would be lying to say it is easy.” – Rita Wilkins, “The Downsizing Designer”Rita’s downsizing journey was inspired by a trip to a third world country when she traveled to Senegal, West Africa to visit her son who was serving in the Peace Corps. She was profoundly moved by the people who were truly happy even though they had so little. This experience ignited a new passion for living a simpler life with less, which then led her to  downsizing from a 5,000 sq. ft. home to an 867 sq. ft. apartment. She fearlessly gave away 95% of her belongings to people who needed or wanted them. Now she lives with 5% of what she once owned and has never been happier. She now has more time, money, and freedom to pursue what matters most to her.Having experienced the life-changing impact of living abundantly with less, Rita shared her story on the TEDx stage: Downsize Your Life, Why Less Is More. It also inspired her to write this book, Downsize Your Life, Upgrade Your Lifestyleso that others might consider the benefits of owning fewer possessions so that they can make room for what matters most to them. My Closet Made Me Cry “It was a dreary Winter day. Perfect for attacking the first of my many closets … or so I thought. I opened the door to one of my master bedroom closets and stared at a room full of clothes filled with beautiful dresses and suits, many of which had not been worn in years. Some of them still had tags on them. Touching each piece of clothing, I was filled with emotions ranging from guilt to shame to pure disgust. What made me purchase so recklessly? Did I really need all of these? Weekend after weekend, I would fill my lonely days in search of that “perfect little black dress” for the “someday” perfect date. Then, I counted four other little black dresses that looked exactly like the others.” Lessons Learned from My Downsizing Journey: Stop making “stuff” mean something. How rich life can be when you own less. How too much “stuff” detracts from inner peace and true happiness. Readers will love her inspirational stories and learn from her useful, practical tips and strategies that they can immediately apply to their own lives to unlock, unload, and unburden themselves from what they think they can’t live without.Rita uses real-life stories and examples to showcase how simple lifestyle upgrades each day can elevate your happiness and overall quality of life. This book will inspire you to see your life through a whole new lens and challenge you to downsize your life so that you can upgrade your lifestyle.Rita Wilkins, also known as “The Downsizing Designer,” TEDx speaker, and nationally recognized interior design and lifestyle expert, will inspire you to: Downsize your physical and emotional clutter to make room for what matters most to you. Let go of your invisible barriers that stop you from saying “I wish I had …” Reimagine, reinvent, redesign how you live, work, and play so you can have more time, money, and freedom. You will learn how to live the life you love … by design!


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“Downsizing your life is a rollercoaster of emotions. I would be lying to say it is easy.” – Rita Wilkins, “The Downsizing Designer”Rita’s downsizing journey was inspired by a trip to a third world country when she traveled to Senegal, West Africa to visit her son who was serving in the Peace Corps. She was profoundly moved by the people who were truly happy even though th “Downsizing your life is a rollercoaster of emotions. I would be lying to say it is easy.” – Rita Wilkins, “The Downsizing Designer”Rita’s downsizing journey was inspired by a trip to a third world country when she traveled to Senegal, West Africa to visit her son who was serving in the Peace Corps. She was profoundly moved by the people who were truly happy even though they had so little. This experience ignited a new passion for living a simpler life with less, which then led her to  downsizing from a 5,000 sq. ft. home to an 867 sq. ft. apartment. She fearlessly gave away 95% of her belongings to people who needed or wanted them. Now she lives with 5% of what she once owned and has never been happier. She now has more time, money, and freedom to pursue what matters most to her.Having experienced the life-changing impact of living abundantly with less, Rita shared her story on the TEDx stage: Downsize Your Life, Why Less Is More. It also inspired her to write this book, Downsize Your Life, Upgrade Your Lifestyleso that others might consider the benefits of owning fewer possessions so that they can make room for what matters most to them. My Closet Made Me Cry “It was a dreary Winter day. Perfect for attacking the first of my many closets … or so I thought. I opened the door to one of my master bedroom closets and stared at a room full of clothes filled with beautiful dresses and suits, many of which had not been worn in years. Some of them still had tags on them. Touching each piece of clothing, I was filled with emotions ranging from guilt to shame to pure disgust. What made me purchase so recklessly? Did I really need all of these? Weekend after weekend, I would fill my lonely days in search of that “perfect little black dress” for the “someday” perfect date. Then, I counted four other little black dresses that looked exactly like the others.” Lessons Learned from My Downsizing Journey: Stop making “stuff” mean something. How rich life can be when you own less. How too much “stuff” detracts from inner peace and true happiness. Readers will love her inspirational stories and learn from her useful, practical tips and strategies that they can immediately apply to their own lives to unlock, unload, and unburden themselves from what they think they can’t live without.Rita uses real-life stories and examples to showcase how simple lifestyle upgrades each day can elevate your happiness and overall quality of life. This book will inspire you to see your life through a whole new lens and challenge you to downsize your life so that you can upgrade your lifestyle.Rita Wilkins, also known as “The Downsizing Designer,” TEDx speaker, and nationally recognized interior design and lifestyle expert, will inspire you to: Downsize your physical and emotional clutter to make room for what matters most to you. Let go of your invisible barriers that stop you from saying “I wish I had …” Reimagine, reinvent, redesign how you live, work, and play so you can have more time, money, and freedom. You will learn how to live the life you love … by design!

41 review for Downsize Your Life, Upgrade Your Lifestyle: Secrets to More Time, Money, and Freedom

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Hebert

    This is a book to be read with pen and paper in hand as you mull over recommendations, quotations, questions, etc. posed throughout and jot down thoughts and ideas. Although the book is relatively short, you really need to take your time to reflect on what changes you can make in your life, why, and where you can begin.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Zeljka Ulan

    Absolutely LOVE this book. Following the steps that the author suggested, started me on my own journey of simplifying my life. It is so empowering. I would recommend this book to everyone!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    (Won this book on Goodreads) Good book outlining what to do when you need a change. It just may be all the baggage you are holding on to. Might be the best to shed some weight and begin anew. This book was a good read and made me look at my own how to see how I can relieve stress and build up of "stuff". How I can open my home and self up to more experiences than shopping for items that will not bring memories or joy in the log run. (Won this book on Goodreads) Good book outlining what to do when you need a change. It just may be all the baggage you are holding on to. Might be the best to shed some weight and begin anew. This book was a good read and made me look at my own how to see how I can relieve stress and build up of "stuff". How I can open my home and self up to more experiences than shopping for items that will not bring memories or joy in the log run.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    ~Disclaimer: I received a kindle copy of this book for free.~ As an individual who got into minimalism a little over 2 years ago, I thought it would be interesting to read an older individuals experience. Namely, because I want to help my mother with the decluttering process. This is a shorter book and I figured it would be a quick easy read that I may be able to pass onto others. The authors stated goal in writing this book is as follows: “By writing this book, I hope and pray that I will inspir ~Disclaimer: I received a kindle copy of this book for free.~ As an individual who got into minimalism a little over 2 years ago, I thought it would be interesting to read an older individuals experience. Namely, because I want to help my mother with the decluttering process. This is a shorter book and I figured it would be a quick easy read that I may be able to pass onto others. The authors stated goal in writing this book is as follows: “By writing this book, I hope and pray that I will inspire and empower you to look closely into your own life — to be curious and brutally honest about the quality of life you are actually living.” She begins by explaining her own journey into decluttering. This section includes a handful of useful tidbits like: "I first removed all the clothes I hadn’t worn in at least a year. Next, I tried on those that I wanted to keep. If they didn’t fit me when I tried them on, I put them in the donate pile. The clothes that remained hanging were still too many, but I realized I could do a second and, perhaps, a third edit on another day." I think when decluttering it is critical that you remember you don’t have to do it all at once. For some folks, a mass declutter is the way to go, but for others smaller steps are helpful. I will admit at first I rankled at her tiny apartment being a “...867-square-foot apartment...”, but remembering that she had previously lived in a sprawling “...5,000-square-foot home...” I realized that by her perspective it likely was tiny. Besides everyone's ideal space will be different and my own dream space will not be Rita’s. I currently live in a 400-square-foot studio apartment and find the space adequate for a solo individual. The author did get a tad repetitive with her points at times, but I’m not 100% convinced it wasn’t because she needed to pad her page count. The author talked about living a life with no regrets. She brings up how the death of a loved one, a bad health diagnosis and the like can spur change. For me, that is what happened. My brother died suddenly, and I decided to make some changes in my life. Ultimately, I cannot say that her story resonated with me, but I do think it will resonate with other Boomers. This might be a great gift for parents if you are trying to help them declutter. They don’t have to go so extreme (e.g. moving from their house to an apartment), but it may give them inspiration. ~Apologies for the more rambling review. ~

  5. 5 out of 5

    Diana Beckham

    Simplicity is for the wealthy If want to know the secret to being wealthy then read this book. I was naturally downsizing my life without thought, but in response to coping with things that were happening in my life when I won this book through giveaways. The book helped me understand what I was experiencing and how I could continue moving forward. Great read! Thank you

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