This book from Amazon really hits home with me... Don't Toss My Memories in the Trash-A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize, and Move
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I've asked about this before, and retirees have mentioned downsizing...
My friend has been a collector for all her life, as was her deceased husband. She is in her mid-80s now and has a house full of collectible, vintage furniture and "stuff". Everything is a memory. Every object means something special to her... like an old 50s kitchen table that was her mothers.
All of her "stuff" means nothing to anyone else, but holds so many special memories to her.
We all die at some point, what happens to all that "stuff" we've accumulated and treasured over a lifetime. It's really a sad thought...
Wonder what we will do with all of my parents things? Have a garage sale? Toss things away?
Heck, I wonder what will happen to all of my own things? Time to start downsizing, Wendy... live a simpler life.
I bought this book just to see what a professional organizer says about all of this. The book is rated 4 of 5 stars. Some reviews on Amazon said:
- I'm 61 years old. I live in a big house and have accumulated way more than I ever should have. Someday I'm going to have to downsize and deal with all the "stuff"--or someone will have to do it for me. That's when a book like this become a lifesaver. You couldn't ask for a more practical help.
- Daddy was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and Mother could no longer care for him alone. It was time for them to move onto the next stage in their life and move in with us. Selling their house and life-long collection of memories was more traumatic for my sister and me than for Mother. What were we to do?
Sounds like one more book I need for the future... how about you?
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