I found today’s article very interesting and I think you will too. The Globe and Mail followed two retirees as they downsized to a smaller space. Gail Shields, a partner at the Downsizing Diva, helped each retiree through the process of downsizing. The article highlights some of the items that each kept, but what I find more interesting is the perspective of each through the process.
The first retiree, Edna, is very attached to her things. She says, “I’m the kind of person who likes everything I have.” She also mentioned as things were being packed up, “The packers are making up their own mind in some cases. Which, of course, I’m not enthusiastic about.”
You get the sense that she knows that she needs to downsize, yet is very hesitant about letting go of her things.
The second retiree, Arden, seems joyful about letting go and moving on. She realized that her two story home was no longer a good fit for her, and that a smaller space would work better for her. She had 40 years of accumulated stuff, and she went through it, selling most of it. She let her family pick out anything they wanted to keep, and she asked her grandkids to pick one favorite item each, that she would take with her to the new space.
With Arden, you can almost feel the joy as she lets go of all the stuff that was crowding her life.
If you are nearing retirement, it’s a good idea to start thinking about what your future living space might look like. If you think downsizing might be an option, then plan to start decluttering before that time arrives.
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Photo is Edna and Arden from the article on The Globe and Mail.