and I hope you will read this, heed this - and DO this!!
Especially if you are over 55-60, there is something you need to do. Start with one closet or storage area of your home each week. Sort, donate, give away, sell or take to a landfill anything that you have not worn, held, read or looked at in the last two years.
You have probably read that advice somewhere, or heard someone say it, several times in your life. I am here to proclaim that it IS good advice and I urge you to do just that.
If you are a pack rat, hoarder-in-training, or just a person who gets so sentimental over family things that you cannot throw anything out - CHANGE! If you don't do it, your family will have to if you are infirm or dead.
I am neither, but I am too old to be doing what I am having to do in order to move to a smaller home. I have spoken in past posts about being a pack rat; following in my mother's footsteps no matter how often I said I would never do that. The fact that I have had 4-5 garage sales since 1975 seems not to have made much of a dent in the numbers of things I have amassed.
I mentioned having a "mini-estate" sale recently. Believe it or not, there were over 347 items taken from my home for that sale. And I still have more than enough left for a garage sale. I am beginning to get disgusted with myself! Our 10 room living quarters will soon shrink to 5, and there is no way I can store or use all the things that have been in this house for so many years. But having to sort through it all now is really hard on my body; feet, back and brain. Added to the physical stress is all the dealing with contractors, painters, etc. such as I mentioned in my last post.
If you are not getting any younger (whoever thought up that dumb phrase?), then you need to do yourself a favor and sort out your belongings while you are physically able, and before you are faced with an imminent move. You'll thank me; of that I am sure.