Back in 2012 I stated the process of getting rid of some of our excess stuff. I made some progress but then through a series of events ended up with all of my parents stuff and somewhere a niece came to live with us for a few years.
Five years later I am again making progress. Buying things is fairly easy getting rid of things is a lot harder. I have given items away and have had them recycled. I make regular donations to the thrift shop down the street. Occasionally we leave items by the curb and wait for them to disappear.
The next generation mostly isn’t interested in my stuff. I feel like it is my responsibility to keep it out of the landfill.
Yesterday I was talking to a friend and client who is in the process of getting ready to move. They are down sizing and will need less in their new home. She started the downsizing process three years ago and is happy that she did. She now has fewer items to move and fewer to get rid of.
Most of us accumulated stuff over a period of decades. The best way to get rid of the excess is to plan ahead and pare it down and start getting rid of anything that isn’t needed or that you don’t love.
With my parents stuff I did not have a lot of time to make decisions. Their home had to be emptied and there was a hard deadline and they couldn’t take it all with them.
This year far more has left my home than has come into my home. In fact I try to move two things out for everything I bring in.
If you are over 55 and have not moved for a few decades now is the time to start getting rid of any excess stuff. It is alright to call your children and ask them to move their stuff out of your basement.
At this point I could also post pictures of empty cabinets, shelves and drawers too.