Author: Julie Hall
Publisher: The Estate Lady Publications
ISBN: 978-0-9892529-8-0

“’Daunting’ is a good word to describe the downsizing and estate settlement process,” Julie Hall writes in her book, What Am I Going to Do with All My Stuff?
At ninety-four pages, this oversized paperback targets those needing to purge their personal belongings, downsize, or deal with getting rid of the contents of someone’s possessions. After an introduction, there are fourteen chapters, followed by a conclusion, bonus article, and form.

The book begins with four chapters discerning the value of a possession, noting if it is an antique, vintage, or collectible. The next several chapters discuss how to begin, what to keep, and what to discard. Thinning items, options of selling, finding professional help, and potential obstacles are evaluated, ending with what to do with inherited pieces, common mistakes made, and important questions to ask.

Writer Hill knows her subject having spent decades helping others scale down and get rid of possessions, and it shows in the way she presents information: concisely and in an informative manner. I like that there are many tips and suggestions of what options are available. She promotes getting rid of the unneeded objects, starting from the top of the house down with room by room tips, and keeping those things that truly mean something.

Having recently dealt with my 94-year-old mother-in-law’s earthly possessions after her death, I noticed that the majority of the book’s contents I had followed without much research (I am still dealing with 17 collector’s dolls). Others who are organized and fastidious may not find much new information in the pages.

With over twenty-five years experience as a personal property expert who has assisted thousands of individuals nationwide in the process of managing possessions, Hall is known as the Estate Lady. Author of six books and a myriad of articles, she has a passion for educating heirs, executors, and professionals regarding personal property issues.

Checklists, bullet-point lists to do, and fill-in-the-blank charts would be helpful for those that need line-by-line guidance and reminders.

If you are facing the emotional and time-consuming task of downsizing or dividing and eliminating someone’s possessions, this may be a good source if you are overwhelmed and are considering professional help.

Thanks to Bookpleasures and the author for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.