Cleaning House

Not what you might think but as I write my next book it provides insight into the topic. Who would have thought there is so much to write about getting old. The most important part of it is the learning. Writing these books has taught me there is so much more to consider along the way, and the best part of all is knowing it is not all bad.

My upcoming book is another of those self-help kinda books that talk about what to do with all the stuff we have gathered in our lives.
As it happens all that stuff is not always ours, but we do seem to collect things that we somehow just can’t manage to let go of.

One would think that will all to talk, and even magazines that show how the next generation are into the minimalist look that we too would hop on the bandwagon about aspire to be that ourselves. Well, according to what I see in my friends and family it ain’t’ happening. Sure each one of us thinking about what a good idea it is and how good it would be no only for us but the environment as well. But even those that live in the tiny condos now being sold just cant’ seem to get down to living with the minimum.

As we get older so does the stuff we gather, and I would bet you that half of it is also gathering dust. I remember the days when everything my parents had was constantly used from dishes to bedding, towels and face clothes. Heck, we didn’t even have a linen closet because there was nothing to put in one. And when it came to pots and pans, there was no need for a special drawer or cupboard because what we used was already on the stove.

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Nowadays there are cupboards for dishes an pots and pans, more than what we use or need. Most kitchens have pantries in one form or another, and they are filled with stuff that is rarely used or eaten before there is something in need of shelfroom that is there. There are drawers for dish towels, a closet for towels and more shelves for bedding. I would also suggest that it hasn’t changed much even after our kids leave home. We have developed a “just in case” mentality that really should be reined in as we get older.

So back to the point of the book. The truth of the matter is that as we get older the less inclined, we are even to think about all that stuff. The issue comes when something untoward happens, and someone now needs to get rid of this stuff. Similar to my book The Hardest Conversation, getting rid of our stuff becomes a touchy subject, especially when someone else suggests the need for us to do so.

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