A practical, down-to-earth guide for rightsizing: the buzzword for streamlining your possessions and making time for the things that matter most in middle age. Millions of midlife Americans are starting to reevaluate their surroundings as their kids begin to leave the nest and they themselves start to think about retirement. Whether theyre going from the multi-bedroom suburban house to a condo in the city, or downsizing from two homes to one, or making room for grandchildren to visit or an elderly relative to join the family, the trend for people in their 50s and beyond is a shift to well-planned living quarters that suit their age, stage, and situation. And in making this transition, theyll face the daunting task of paring down a lifetime of possessions while furnishing their new lives with things that have meaning. This simplification of surroundings and stuffcalled rightsizingwill liberate people in midlife to pursue their passions and hobbies without the responsibilities of a big house weighing them down. RIGHTSIZING YOUR LIFE will be the first comprehensive, practical guide to this winnowing process, providing a six-step plan to get startedas well as tips on how to deal with the emotional factors (an attachment to your possessions, nostalgic mates, reluctant kids) that can stall the process and sabotage sensible decisionmaking.