Here’s something practical for us baby boomers: a boomer who works in the business of downsizing, urging you to think about everything you’ve accumulated over the years, and do something about it before it’s too late. Sheree Richnow of West Chester, Pennsylvania, says it’s time to lighten your load.
Look around you. What do you see? Are you one of those baby boomers who’s hemmed in by stacks of boxes, piles of papers, and things that obviously belong in different rooms in the house? Are the kids grown and off on their own? Do you still need that big house? Wouldn’t you rather lighten your load and have some much deserved freedom?
These are questions I pose to my clients each day. Those who are the most receptive are baby boomers. Boomers realize how bogged down they have become with past life accumulations. And, if you have ever endured the experience of processing your parents’ home after they’ve died, you know what is in store for the future and don’t wish to heap the same burden on your children.
I too am a proud member of the Boomer generation. I was born in 1955, a serial entrepreneur, and the single parent of my nineteen-year-old son. ‘Downsizing’ is what I do; for the past decade, I have provided downsizing strategies and services to thousands of people who recognize the need for change and have chosen to act rather than become buried by their belongings.
Lightening your load can mean any number of things, from downsizing into a smaller and more appropriate size home, to simply getting rid of stuff and clearing the space for other uses. For some, the challenge begins with not knowing what resources are available in the community. When it comes to clearing out an entire home, it’s all about finding the right services to get the job done intelligently. For some, the question is not “how,” but “what?” Knowing what might be of value and perhaps sold for a profit, or what can be donated to charity, is often unclear.
These questions and more can lead to atrophy. Piles of stuff continue to grow and it won’t be long before the situation overtakes all enthusiasm and positive intent. One thing is for sure… if you are not proactive and don’t have a vision for a less-cluttered life, your children could end up shackled with an emotional and burdensome task some years down the road.
So if all those empty bedrooms or the backlog of sports gear still lurking in the garage are no longer needed, I have four words of advice: GET RID OF IT, but be smart. There is always someone less fortunate who can usewhat you no longer need.