Dale Hodgins wrote:A relative of mine saved several televisions and other appliances, a decade ago, because they were too valuable to let go cheaply. Now you can't give away those big heavy TVs and the other appliances are obsolete. This pile of stuff now has a negative value.
Stacy Witscher wrote:Since my ex-husband and I split up, I have been purging more and more stuff. I guess it's seems somewhat extreme to my kids, who have claimed that I'm "throwing their lives away". I think my youngest was being a tad dramatic here, but anyway. I told my ex and the kids, that they are welcome to any of this stuff, but they need to take it with them. It's unreasonable for them to expect me to keep it for them. Clutter (stuff) makes me anxious, and I have no need of more anxiety.
My parents have also been doing this, so hopefully, when they pass, most of this stuff will have been already dealt with. So many people seem to think that it's morbid to discuss who gets what when someone dies, but we are all going to die, denial and unpreparedness aren't helpful.
To this end, I've never had long-term storage, and probably never will.
Michael Cox wrote:
I recent read the book The Life-changing Magic of Tidying by Mari Kondo
Dale Hodgins wrote:
My friend's town house is worth about $340,000. She has use of approximately half of it, and even then it's tight. Her mother died and left her a bunch of stuff that I have generously appraised at $2,000. So, in order to store this $2,000 windfall, approximately $170,000 worth of Real Estate is not available for the pleasure and comfort of its owner. Sounds crazy doesn't it? Just the annual taxes on that much space, are equal to the value of what is being stored. It is piled so tight, that none of it is in use.
Suddenly, every little item that grandma and grandpa used to have, is now a cherished family heirloom, even if it came from Walmart.