Looking back on 2012 and everything that has happened, I can honestly say that I’m looking forward to starting a new year full of love, hope, good health and less stuff.
You see, my maternal grandparents are aging and for the past six months my mother and her siblings have had to place both of their parents in a nursing home during that time.
I won’t get into the details of it all but rather wanted to touch on how getting rid of clutter doesn’t have to be a painful process.
You see, my grandfather has been somewhat of a pack-rat for what seems like an eternity to me. I think it stems from the “old days” during the wartime and the depression. I vividly remember the cold room where they had shelves upon shelves of sugar and canned goods amongst other items they would find on sale. And, I don’t think they were the only ones of their age group. Maybe your parents or grandparents did the same thing. Or, maybe you do too?
So the process of paring down for them as they transitioned into their new home was not an easy one. What to keep? What to give away? What can be thrown out? As you may know, when you move to a nursing home, you just can’t bring everything. Infact, you can’t bring much of anything. There’s just no room to be had.
It took weeks, if not months for my mom and her siblings to go through 90 years worth of stuff. It wasn’t easy and I’m sure there were a few tears involved along the way.
Today they are both settled in their new home and I’m looking forward to visiting them over the holidays and as I sit here thinking about how we are paring down on our own stuff and trying to make room for what really matters, I’m reminded of all the wonderful moments I’ve shared with my grandparents. How fortunate I am to have them around even at my age and how my children have had an opportunity to know their great grand-parents. Not many kids will have that opportunity.
And so, as you go about your merry way, please just consider this…
At the end of the day, stuff is just stuff
People make memories
We are blessed.
*Update (November 2013) – My Grandfather passed away surrounded by loved-ones. He lived a great life!