For retirees who are thinking it’s time to move into an assisted living community, one of the biggest barriers is paring down your “stuff” to a manageable amount. Deciding what to hold on to and what to let go of can be intimidating. What about all your children’s artwork from school? How about all those plastic containers you saved because, well, why did you save those?
Seriously, we want to hang onto some things purely for sentimental reasons. Do it, but let go of all except what you really cherish. My mother is doing this as we speak. Last time I saw her, she gave me a box with several things I made for her in first through fourth grades, including a ceramic ashtray fashioned into the shape of a turkey, kind of. Since she no longer smokes there is no practical value. More importantly, she enjoyed it and the idea that I made it for her over 50 years ago, but now she can live with the memory of it.
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How do you get rid of the mountain of things you have accumulated over a lifetime?