The Secret Sauce of Downsizing, is different than my other books because it is a compilation effort. I asked five of my professional friends to add their expertise to this book as a collaboration because there are so many aspects of downsizing that need to be discussed.

You can purchase your copy of The Secret Sauce of Downsizing on Amazon today!

Downsizing and living with less stuff can be a scary thought, especially for those of us that grew up with “more is better.” Let’s face it---we love our stuff. However, there comes a time when there is a reason or a season of our life that will dictate the necessity for change.

The Secret Sauce of Downsizing covers soup to nuts with experts who will share their recipes for the best ways to deal with this multifaceted, and sometimes complicated process of downsizing. With over 300,000 items in the average American home (LA Times), many people are surrounded in overwhelm.

The Secret Sauce of Downsizing addresses the physical, social-emotional, and spiritual process of letting go of stuff. Sound scary and exciting at the same time? Let’s take a look at how The Secret Sauce of Downsizing is more than just throwing stuff away and deals with the challenging process of downsizing, and creating a whole new chapter in your life. 

Especially designed for those who are +55 and better, The Secret Sauce of Downsizing is also geared to help people no matter what age. 


Marlena E. Uhrik, EdD

Marlena has always been passionate about empowering others through education. During her 50-year career in education, she earned her Doctorate Degree and received numerous local, state and national awards for the work she has done for children and families. She received the United States Service Award, was a 1996 Olympic Torch runner, acknowledged in the United States Congressional Record and recognized on the California State Assembly floor for her work as Founder and past Executive Director of “The Kids’ Breakfast Club.” Now, as an award-winning author and speaker, Certified Home Stager and Realtor, Marlena continues to inspire and empower others. and

Michele Mariscal, PhD

Michele Mariscal has 30 years’ experience in the health and wellness field. She is a skilled facilitator in soft skills training and development. Her work facilitates individuals and organizations to thrive through heart-based learning. She has earned grief recovery and advanced grief recovery certifications through the Grief Recovery Institute. She is also licensed as a Trainer and Mentor through the Institute of HeartMath. Michele is also a four-time author with her most recent publication of Growing Through Grief – The Alchemy of Healing from Loss.

Grace Bermudes, BA

Grace graduated with honors from San Jose State University with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and a Teaching Credential. While raising 4 kids, Grace was inspired to launch her professional organizing business, Check It Off Your List. Since 2007, she has organized everything from homes, offices, garages and classrooms to barns. She has even helped in the design and construction of new homes and remodels (including her own Lake House that is expected to be finished in 2020).

Her definition of the word “Organized” appears in the International Best Selling book, Itty Bitty Book of Words. Her unique  approach to organizing is why clients across the nation work with her.

Mishele Vieira, CPO®

Mishele launched Away With Chaos in 2002. She helps busy people and those experiencing life transitions. Mishele has a deep passion for working with people with brain related conditions including ADHD, anxiety, depression, addiction, and other behavioral health conditions which can make it harder to get and stay organized. As a speaker, writer and active member of NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals), Mishele was the first in history to earn the official Certified Professional Organizer (CPO®) designation in 2007. Her workshop “Managing Chaos” teaches how to keep chaos from seeping back into their home, work and life.

River Easter, MA

River is a Certified Life Master Consultant and has a Master’s in Organization Development. Working within various sectors she has developed effective tools and strategies for providing collaboration, process improvement, strategic planning, facilitation, leadership and innovation. For over 20 years, she has studied transformation success principles. Taking an integrated, holistic approach, River combines her life experiences and broad background of studies with academic theories in systems thinking, emergent processes, quantum theory and neuroscience. River lives in a Northern California Sierras with her husband, dog and cat. She loves hiking, cycling, kayaking, or just sitting in her backyard watching the birds.

Laura Segura

For over 25 years, Laura was Director of the National Teen Leadership Program (NTLP) a program she founded in 1992 to inspire and motivate teens to positions of positive leadership. The program, now in its 28th year, has served over 20,000 teens and garnered several awards including the Excellence in Education Award from Senator Barbara Boxer and the California Medal of Merit from the California National Guard. Prior to NTLP, Laura worked for 12 years as a manager with American Express Destination Services Hawaii.  She is currently happily planning wonderful vacations as an Independent Travel Specialist for Travel Concepts, Inc.

Meet the Authors!

Meet 5 of the 6 Authors of The Secret Sauce of Downsizing in this video!