Right Size Your Life for Survival

The DestinySurvival Pick of the Week is a book called Rightsizing Your Life: Simplifying Your Surroundings While Keeping What Matters Most, by Ciji Ware.

If you’re looking for a book on losing weight, this isn’t it. This is about shedding possessions, not pounds.

A deteriorating economy forced many of us into making transitions we hadn’t planned on. If not the economy, maybe it’s a divorce, major illness, being widowed, or some other personal upheaval that forces us to reinvent our lives.

All of the above scenarios require making transitions from life as we know it now to something that’s not so familiar. When I came across Rightsizing Your Life, I thought it might be of interest to anyone preparing for a new lifestyle. And many of us who are prepping are doing just that.

This book was published in 2007 before the economic crash. But because so many people have been forced into making transitions that were once made deliberately and voluntarily, it’s a book to consider for your survival library.

If your survival plans are to toss a few essentials in a garbage bag and live in a tent in the woods (a strategy I don’t recommend), this book is more than you need. However, Ware does briefly mention the possibility of paring down to bare essentials when threatened by tsunami or hurricane.

Rightsizing doesn’t necessarily mean down sizing, though it most often does. It may mean upscaling, such as when you’re moving from the city to a place out in the country for homesteading. Or it may mean staying where you are and making major adjustments. Maybe you need to make accommodations for elderly parents or grown children moving in with you.

Rightsizing Your Life is mainly aimed at affluent urban dwellers who need to move to smaller living quarters. But the principles apply to anybody on any income scale. For instance, we could all use some decluttering from time to time. You know how it is. What do you do about that giant collection of penguin salt and pepper shakers?

Also, the book is meant for those over 50 who are in need of making a transition in life. But Don’t let that keep you from reading through it because it shares principles that can apply to anyone of any age.

When making a major change in life, talk things over with one another in your family. Realize there’s a significant emotional component involved. It’s hard to give up what we’ve been attached to. Change doesn’t come easily.

Are you or those in your household prisoners of your possessions? How can you determine what’s suitable to bring with you into your new lifestyle? How can you clear the clutter and simplify?

Ware discusses donating, gifting, selling, recycling, repairing, or trashing everything from household appliances and computers to clothes, photos and papers. When is it time to call in the professionals? Is there a right time to rent storage space?

Rightsizing Your Life provides guidance for taking deliberate steps to prepare for your new way of life. It’s a major undertaking and deserves adequate consideration and time. Ware assumes you’ve got the time and means to make changes that need to be made.

A resource directory at the end of the book covers a wide range of topics you might not have thought of. The book is worth it for the directory alone. Plus, there’s a Web site with an updated directory at www.rightsizingyourlife.com .

Frankly, this book contains a great deal of narrative that didn’t interest me, but there is plenty of useful information throughout the book. Because it’s not aimed at preppers, you may have to look for what applies to you. A reviewer who said the book doesn’t take packrats into consideration apparently didn’t read the relevant sections.

Whether your preparedness and survival strategy calls for down sizing or upscaling, get a copy of Rightsizing Your Life. Click on the book’s title wherever you see it in this post.

It’s times like these that you need a road map and all the practical advice you can get. Rightsizing Your Life has the suggestions and tips that will get you started today. Why put it off?


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

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