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!
When 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!