Dear Husband and my goals for minimalizing include making our future move to a smaller place an EASY move, with the most stressful part being finding the best pizza delivery service at our new address. We can’t downsize with a bunch of stuff, of course, and if we wait until the last minute, it won’t be fun. Practically speaking, the longer DH and I wait to discard or recycle or donate unnecessary items, the harder the physical work will be. We are aging, and that means our energy levels and strength are declining. Don’t put me six feet under just yet, but don’t expect me to hop around like a 30-something, either.
Also, it wouldn’t be fair to count on the kids to take household goods off our hands. Not only do our adult children not need our stuff, they don’t want our stuff. The younger generation has different design tastes and different lifestyles. And we can’t have hurt feelings if we offer them a beautiful, old photo album or the accent chair that belonged to Uncle Dan and they say, “No thanks.”
There are innovative, nice business people who help seniors declutter and downsize, but we can keep more dollars in our pockets if we do it ourselves, bit-by-bit, over time. We didn’t accumulate all of this extra STUFF in a short period of time, and we’re not going to get rid of it in a short period of time. Fortunately, at our age, we have mastered the art of patience. (Well, mostly!)
This week I’ve been going through old paperwork. Sometimes I wonder why we saved it—grocery receipts from two years ago, what the heck were we thinking? Printed car insurance information we can easily find online, why? Bit-by-bit our paper clutter is disappearing. I’m about halfway way through, and the fact that the little file cabinet now glides open and closed is encouragement to keep going!
Kudos to my sister and brother-in-law who recently downsized. Their weight of household goods was one third of what it was the last time they moved 30 years ago, and the resulting cost was half. (LESS than half if you consider inflation.) My sister described it as an “easy move,” and that’s the kind of move I want when we downsize.
Make this day even better. Consider:
• What’s your least stylish piece of furniture? Do you need it? Can it go to the curb TODAY with a sign on it that says, “Free”?