by Regina Leeds
(De Capo Lifelong Books, $15.99)
Reviewed by Larry Cox
Along with death, divorce, job loss and major illness, moving is one of life’s most stressful experiences. For the many Americans in transition, this handy guide will make moving and downsizing a little easier.
Regina Leeds is the author of nine books, including the national bestseller “One Year to an Organized Life.” She points out that moving is rarely an enjoyable experience and more often than not can be overwhelming. Just the thought of packing, hauling and the chaotic clutter of boxes can send most of us in a tailspin.
In her new easy-to-use guide, she outlines functional steps for a successful move. She reveals how to: make a budget, find suitable movers, set up moving day for each room in the house, organize and pack a child’s room and visualize the new home so that the transition will be more sane. She even suggests ways of tackling problem areas such as the garage, attic and even the laundry room.
Even if not faced with actually moving, downsizing can be almost as difficult. Determining what to save and what to toss takes more than just a little effort. Leeds, who was named “best organizer” by Los Angeles magazine, points out her three-step “magic formula” to accomplish a successful move or downsizing: eliminate, categorize and organize. Elimination is easier said than done, especially when faced with items that are no longer needed but still have a sentimental attachment.
Leeds has spent almost 25 years helping her clients prepare for new spaces, and her eight-week plan can help all of us clear clutter for our homes, better organize our lives and make these important changes without much of the stress.