Kicking the Bucket List: 100 Downsizing & Organizing Things To Do Before You Die

Kicking the Bucket List: 100 Downsizing & Organizing Things To Do Before You Die

by Gail Rubin


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Do you plan to live forever? Do you ever plan to move? Depending on where you're going, you can't take it with you. In KICKING THE BUCKET LIST, death educator Gail Rubin brings a light touch to cleaning out those dark recesses of your home and organizing for end-of-life issues. In these pages, you’ll learn how to: tackle downsizing without being overwhelmed by the job; evaluate what to keep, toss, donate and recycle; creatively remove excess goods from your home; manage your finances for today and tomorrow; organize your funeral and create your legacy.

If you need guidance to downsize and organize, this book is for you. Baby Boomers facing their parents’ estates and their own downsizing will especially appreciate the information in KICKING THE BUCKET LIST.

The 128-page book, to be available in paperback and eBook formats, is a quick, easy read, with colorful photographs and bonus online information. Each of the 100 Bucket List items include links to helpful internet articles that expand on each point. The book, the eighth title in the Bucket List series, supports the work of the nonprofit National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the National Hospice Foundation.

Author Gail Rubin, CT, is a Certified Thanatologist (a death educator) who uses humor and funny films to help teach about end-of-life issues. She wrote the award-winning A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don't Plan to Die and Hail and Farewell: Cremation Ceremonies, Templates and Tips. She also writes The Family Plot Blog at

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943681150
Publisher: Rio Grande Books
Publication date: 08/01/2016
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 498,780
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.35(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 1 Introduction 3 100. Release Your Attachments 5 99. Liberate Yourself From Your Stuff 6 98. Clear Your Clutter, Clear Your Mind 7 97. Get Cats to Help Clear Your Clutter 8 96. Admit You're a Grown-Up 9 95. Give Yourself Time to Downsize 10 94. Give Yourself a Deadline 11 93. Evaluate Your Stuff 12 92. List What You Need or Don't Need 13 91. Focus on Joy 14 90. Take Downsizing Breaks 15 89. Bring in a Friend 16 88. Keep a Clear Head 17 87. Decide Your Approach 18 86. Sort, Sort, Sort 19 85. Stage Your Home 20 84. Appraise Art 21 83. Appraise Jewelry 22 82. Appraise Musical Instruments 23 81. Appraise Collectibles 24 80. Appraise the House 25 79. Track Your Donations for Taxes 26 78. Toss Your Own Stuff First 27 77. Minimize the Multiples 28 76. Cut Back on Christmas Décor 29 75. Reduce the Gift Wrap Reserves 30 74. Regift Gifts 31 73. Clear Out the Bathroom 32 72. Trim the Travel Toiletries 33 71. Minimize Old Medications 34 70. Cut Down on Kitchen Crap 35 69. Reduce the Rags 36 68. Ban Business Cards 37 67. Hold a Clothing Swap 38 66. Consider Consignment Shops 39 65. Hold a Yard Sale 40 64. Sell at a Flea Market 41 63. Sell Your Stuff Online 42 62. Give Your Stuff Away Online 43 61. Make Charitable Donations 44 60. Help Habitat for Humanity 45 59. Donate Discards for Pets 46 58. Love Your Local Libraries 47 57. Think of Theater Groups 48 56. Curb Your Stuff 49 55. Give Eyeglasses a New Life 50 54. If It's Broke, Don't Fix It 51 53. Recycle Relentlessly 52 52. Handle Hazardous Household Waste Properly 53 51. Stop Junk Mail 54 50. Stop Subscriptions 55 49. Empty Your Storage Units 56 48. Clear the Out-of-the-Way Areas 57 47. Tackle Your Technology 58 46. Prune Back the Photographs 59 45. Digitize What You Can 60 44. Forgo Some Furniture 61 43. Talk About Your Stuff 62 42. Label Objects 63 41. Don't Keep Relatives' Stuff 64 40. Give Family Heirlooms Now 65 39. Get Organized for End-of-Life Issues 66 38. Sit Down With a Certified Financial Planner 67 37. Consider a Reverse Mortgage 68 36. Don't Wait Until It's Too Late to Move 69 35. Look at Escalating Care Options 70 34. Make Auto Arrangements 71 33. Write Your Family History 72 32. List Your Online Passwords 73 31. Recycle Old Paper Files 74 30. Make a Master File of Important Papers 75 29. Write Your Advance Medical Directives 76 28. Name Your Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare 77 27. Establish a Financial Power of Attorney 78 26. Identify an Executor 79 25. Talk to a Trust Company 80 24. Prepare a Valid Will 81 23. Examine Establishing a Revocable or Living Trust 82 22. Review the Titling of Your Assets 83 21. Make a Pet Trust 84 20. Review Royalty Income 85 19. Examine and Close Online Accounts 86 18. Identify Your Digital Executor 87 17. Update Your Will Periodically 88 16. Write Your Own Obituary 89 15. Shop BEFORE You Drop 90 14. Use Hospice Sooner, Not Later 91 13. Learn About Right to Die States 92 12. Investigate Funeral Insurance Options 93 11. Establish a Payable on Death Bank Account 94 10. Make Your Funeral Plans 95 9. Ponder Pre-Paying Funeral Expenses 96 8. Check Cemetery Costs and Availability 97 7. Consider Eco-Friendly Funeral Arrangements 98 6. Think About Home Funerals 99 5. Get a Free Cremation 100 4. Make a Personal Contact List 101 3. Write Your Famous Last Words 102 2. Talk to Your Family 103 1. Enjoy Your Life and Start Your Bucket List Today! 104 Suggested Websites 107 Near Misses - An Executor's Checklist 111 The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization 118 ABOUT THE AUTHOR 119

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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Java Davis for Readers' Favorite When I first saw the title of this book, Kicking the Bucket List, by Gail Rubin, I was hoping that it would not be a list of extraordinary things to do before I die, such as bungee jumping or visiting the Eiffel Tower. I was happily surprised to find that this is a list of things to do before you die that will help your family cope with issues both large and small. There is a list of 100 things to do, such as choose a power of attorney representative, or write a list of social media accounts and passwords, write your own obituary, or write your own epitaph. Silly or sensible, it’s up to you. Ms. Rubin is a certified thanatologist, which means she is a counselor for issues dealing with death. She has seen many families who have not prepared properly and are completely at sea when the time comes. This is a book of 100 sensible checklist items, including many that will help not only at the time of bereavement, but several years earlier. A huge issue is preparing to downsize one's possessions to facilitate moving to a smaller home, possibly into senior housing. Ms. Rubin uses wit and years of experience to make this list of 100 things to do. Each item is only two or three cheerfully written paragraphs, in easy to swallow bites, yet I found myself taking my time reading this book in order to absorb many of the suggestions. I am at the time in life where this book is really speaking to me. Kicking the Bucket List is a valuable resource for people looking at their retirement years, or for younger family members to share with the older ones, making sure that everyone is clear about finances, possessions, and last wishes.
Richie1 More than 1 year ago
What an amazing little book (121 pages). Gail Rubin provides 100 suggestions to not only get you ready for the end, but will get you so organized you'll be totally shocked. Here are my favorites: #86 Sort your stuff using the Ohio Rule (Only Handle It Once), #74 Regift Gifts, #71 Mix old meds with kitty litter or coffee grounds, #63 and #62 Sell or give your stuff away online, #51 Stop Junk Mail, my wife is working on this right now! Some of these suggestions are common sense, but there were some even I never thought of and I'm very organized. This is an excellent book for a person of any age to read and to live by.