Show Overview

In Part One of my interview with Rita Wilkins, the “Downsizing Designer,” we learned how a trip to Africa shook up Rita’s world and led her to a new lifestyle paradigm, one where she shed 95% of her stuff in exchange for more time, money, and freedom in a much smaller apartment in Philadelphia. We talked a fair bit about how such shake-ups can come at a cost to relationships, and that’s where we pick up in this Part Two of our talk.

But in keeping with my penchant for random thought, Rita and I go from there to a freewheeling conversation about stuff, how a bunt cake pan and 40 foot aluminum ladder can lead to communism, the story of the 16 pairs of scissors, and how the shared economy resulted from a mindset shift our children learned from observing Boomer unhappiness with materialism.

Oh, and be sure to stay to the end when Rita and I kick around the idea of a dating website just for people who have moved past that unhappiness and into a “less stuff, more fun” mindset. So please join me for Part Two of my two part interview with Rita S. Wilkins, the “downsizing designer” and author of the book “Downsize Your Life, Upgrade Your Lifestyle: Secrets to More Time, Money, and Freedom.”

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What you will learn from Rita the “Downsizing Designer”:

  • The relationship with stuff, How it can affect a relationship, or even break it apart
  • A stage of life, and a common vision
  • The ABC’s of Downsizing video
  • When you sense that something isn’t right. How to move from there to liberty.
  • Have the “Why” in mind
  • The average American home has 300,000 things in it
  • The $24B storage industry is nearly non-existent outside the US
  • The sandwich generation is in a quandary: Stay in place with the clutter, or downsize
  • Then electric glue gun story
  • The 16 pairs of scissors story
  • How the shared economy is the real game changer
  • The paradigm shift. What we are learning from millennials
  • How the bunt cake pan and the 40’ aluminum ladder leads to communism
  • How boomers created consumerism
  • 10K boomers are retiring every year
  • How Boomers are reinventing ourselves. New dreams that we put on hold.
  • The Center for the New American Dream
  • Marie Kondo
  • “Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial MORE” by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin
  • It was a little bit crazy…a desire to do better, be bigger, all of those things. But we desire something much deeper
  • Something shifts, Do you want more stuff, or more experiences?
  • Our kids do not want our stuff! We have a responsibility!
  • The shared economy resulted from a mindset shift our children learned from observing our unhappiness
  • Our dating site idea

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