Reasons to Start Purging When You Turn 50

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Reasons to Start Purging When You Turn 50

When I was in my 40's, I became friends with an Interior Decorator who was in her mid-60's.  One day when talking about the aging process she commented that she wished she could be 50 again.  When I asked why, her response was.... I started slowing down - just a bit, in my 50's. And then I slowed down just a bit more now that I'm in my 60's..... I've never forgotten that conversation. She retired when she turned 70 and is going strong at 82!

eye glassesWhen I was in my 50's, I noticed a slight slowing down.  Now that I'm in my 60's, another, ever so slight slowing down... hence the inspiration for why I think people need to start letting go of their "stuff" in their 50's....

If you purge 10% of your belongings every year, beginning on your 50th birthday, by the time your 60th birthday comes along... you'll have less stuff (along with less stress) and more time to really enjoy the next quarter century of your life!!

Why purge?  Here's a couple of reasons...maybe one of them will strike a chord.

Even though we are still very active in our 60's, I've noticed I'm getting more nostalgic. This is not a bad thing, but that pull to keep mementos is getting MUCH stronger than when I was 50.

When you're gone, who is going to clear out your home?  If you are married - the surviving spouse.  But, think about this for a moment...  Your spouse is as emotionally attached to your belongings as you are! Maybe, even more so.

If you're a widow/widower and you have children - your children will be burdened with the task of deciding what to do with YOUR memorabilia.  And, there is always one child who doesn't want to get rid of anything reminding them of their parent(s).... GREAT, now we have a child who is going to clutter their home with your belongings!

Many children have VERY different personalities.  Some would want anything of monetary value, while others  would want anything of emotional value to them.  And, some would be in the middle, though there are certain items they would definitely want. Already I can see the arguments taking place - not a situation parents want to envision their children in conflict about upon their demise.

If you are single and childless - then what?  Then your siblings, if you have them, would be burdened with the decision making task of what to do with YOUR belongings.

If you are single, childless, and an only child - guess your friends are going to have to dismantle the physical remains of your life. How do they know what you would want done with any of your stuff????

Hope you'll consider purging, decluttering or right-sizing NOW.  Yes, it's a big task, but breaking it down over 10 years will make it easier to do.... And, of course, you can always call PHA/Peggy Hughes Associates to help you make those important decisions NOW!

 

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Tammy Lankford
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I'm a pack rat... maybe I should start NOW. 

June 03, 2011 11:43 PM #49
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Tammy - Starting now is a good thing. I suggest you pick an area, doesn't matter where that area is, set a time for 15 minutes and see what you can organize in that 15 min time period.  If you can do 15 min every day, pretty soon, you'll see clutter is gone!

June 04, 2011 12:10 AM #50
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Not 50 yet, but purge the house serveral times a year.  Sure I have a few momentos I keep, but it all could fit in one large box.  We have 4 children and no luxury of keeping things that are not needed for something specific, just not enough room!

June 04, 2011 01:09 AM #51
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Anna - a very sensible approach!

June 04, 2011 01:37 AM #52
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Cliff Keith
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So true.  Purging is difficult the old one gets.  Not to mention the spunk that disappears every year.  Beside if one plans it right the purging of "stuff" in the right locations can bring extra income for something nice.  Maybe a nice wind fall for the kids would be much appreciated.

Thank you for your insight and wisdom.

June 04, 2011 01:39 AM #53
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Thanks for stopping by, Cliff.  Selling "stuff" to enjoy something else is a good thing!

June 04, 2011 01:55 AM #54
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Peggy ~ every time I've moved in the past 25 years, I've done some major purging ... sorting into donations to charity, giving to friends & relatives, selling, and what I'd keep for myself.  My own pile kept shrinking and each time, I noticed how much better I felt!  It's a real feeling of freedom to get rid of extra "stuff" and it enables you to concentrate on more important things in life. I'd come across an item and say that if it hasn't crossed my path in a year or so, it can't really have that much meaning to me.  So passing those things on to others is a gift for both of us  :-)

June 04, 2011 02:01 AM #55
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Maureen - thank you so much for "getting it"!

June 04, 2011 02:17 AM #56
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Kathleen Vetrano
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Peggy,  I still have a few wonderful dresses that fit my 30 year old frame so well...horrid colors though.  A different time.  Freeing yourself of the things you no longer need frees the mind.  Too many things are held on to during the time passages of our life. Time for them and other items to go, and I am so looking forward to it.  Give me an almost clean slate.  How exciting and revitalizing is that!

A time of accumulation ends and it becomes a time of disburesment.  Life becomes simple & free spirited again!    

I intend to live each decade of my life to the fullest.  Out with the old and in with the new.  I will keep a few very special pieces but that is it.  I'm keeping life good.

Thanks as always for the good advice!  And an excellent plan.

June 04, 2011 02:43 AM #57
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I'll never have that problem with my wife. .   .when I first got married I saw a lot of CD's in the trash. .I asked her about it and she told me. .if she doesn't listen to a CD for a whole year. . it goes on the trash. 

Now we've evolved in giving to charity.. .

 

 

June 04, 2011 07:14 AM #58
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Peggy,

Like BB, I found a move the perfect purge mechanism.  Perhaps there should be a law that all real estate agents must move every 10 years.  We'd stop hoarding and keep sales moving.  LOL.

June 04, 2011 08:30 AM #59
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Jeanne Gregory, RE/MAX Southwest

In the past three years, we have moved my in laws from their house to an assisted living and just finished moving my father in law to a nursing facility.  Looks like it's all gonna boil down to one bed one small closet and a wheelchair.  I'm preferring experiences over stuff a lot more now! 

June 04, 2011 09:23 AM #60
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If you have older items you can always place ads on Craigslist and make some cash for your items.  Vintage clothing and accessory sellers like myself are always looking for stock.  Remember, one person's junk is another person's treasure.

June 04, 2011 09:53 AM #61
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Frank Castaldini
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I can use someone to purge my home office and my work office.  I would gladly let go of so many nostalgic files and property statements and...

June 04, 2011 10:31 AM #62
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Peggy Hughes
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Kathleen - what a refreshing and wonderful attitude!

Fernando - your wife truly understands that we don't need things in our home that are not being used...

Irene - moving certainly does help!

Jeanne - moving the elderly is difficult.  But, I'm glad to hear that you are enjoying life at the same time.

Marge - excellent advice. Thank you.

Frank - would be happy to help "purge"!

June 04, 2011 11:26 AM #63
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Margaret Ullrich

Excellent points in the article!  Thanks for sharing it, Peggy.  Wish I'd read this 11 years ago when I was 50.  Oh, well, better late than never!

 

June 04, 2011 02:06 PM #64
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Peggy - My husband would love it if I would follow your sage advice.  He would love it even more if I didn't wait for 50 ; )

June 04, 2011 07:45 PM #65
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Peggy Hughes
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Margaret... how cool is that!  It never occured to me that you would not only read this on FB, but you would follow through to Active Rain and post a comment.  THANK YOU for all of your support both here and on my website!!!

Christine...I only picked the 50's decade as an arbitrary starting point. As many of the commenters under 50 have said... the time to do it is NOW, regardless of age!  Thanks so much for stopping by :)

June 05, 2011 03:24 AM #66
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Cheryl Seaman

Peg, great article!!   You know me well, so I better get started LOL

June 05, 2011 04:53 PM #67
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Peggy Hughes
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Thanks, Cher... and thanks for clicking through to my AR blog!!

Seriously though... you gotta set a time for 15 minutes every day - it really does help :)  You should see my place - neat as a pin, even if I do say so myself...

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