So “it’s” been on my list since I retired 3 years ago. 3 years and it took us 3 evenings to accomplish the task. “It” and a few recent events have sent me down a rabbit hole inside my head so bear with me as I twist and turn.
The “it” above (as seen below) is our 1980 to 1985 slides. We got out the slide projector and the screen & ran them all through. The we reviewed which were worth keeping and which to toss. Then they got set aside and low and behold I couldn’t find the notebook with the list in it.
Once it turned up the slides moved to a slightly more prominent location. Then I saw an email that states the local photography place is having a 20% off digitization sale. So they move to sit in the kitchen island (which drives me nuts which is the whole point) with a specific deadline. Now they are thinned out and sitting by the back door for drop off tomorrow – just squeezing it in on the last day!
But then to the rabbit hole. I just finished reading “I’ll Be Seeing You” by Elizabeth Berg. It’s her first hand account of her elderly parents departure from their house. It’s frank, honest and full of pain, sorrow and joy. It made me think as did a post I read recently about downsizing photos. Add in a family death and my mother telling me to take the items from her home that are ear marked for me. Then the thinking gets so loud I am giving myself a headache.
Am I adding to the discard pile or I stockpiling visual memories? I’d put a lot of money on the fact that my other half won’t be in favour of disposing of the slide projector or screen. He’s a bit of a packrat and says “you never know when you will need it”. So did I just add to digital clutter by moving them over? Do I print them and add one a photo album to the pile or leave them in the computer?
Upstairs, in the creative attic space, I’ve got the Scotland England 2019 scrapbook in the “final” stages with a goal of that space being cleaned up by April 12th (guess I should admit this is also winter 3 on this item). But as I am working on it I wonder if it’s worth the time and energy. It will get looked at a few times and bring us joy but once we are gone will our kids and grandkids care that we hit 28 Scotch distilleries or spent time enjoying the scenery in Skye?
Does one think about each and every purchase with an end date in mind? I’m seriously hoping we have 20 more years in our big old rambling prairie four square but what if… Now I am not trying to be morbid but I also don’t want to burden our children with a lot of work. I already know that experiences are better than “things” but I love photos so feel that the scale tips in favour of actually printing them. But what about the old mirror I just removed from the dining room or the miscellaneous vases lying around?
I am certain the 40 days originally came from Lent but social media has appropriated the idea to do the declutter routine. I have never gotten into doing this on a set schedule. Is it a strange thing to be thinking about at 63?
A friend was recently diagnosed with glaucoma and feels she should move to a more central location now so that options aren’t as limited. She’s 63.
My dear cousin demonstrated grace under pressure recently. When she needed it she pulled out a binder that had all the info at her finger tips. She’s an inspiration on many levels and this is just another example.
Due to the above I’ve recently added a binder to the “to do” side. It’s for end of life so that everything that’s needed is in one spot. Which of course has got me thinking….
All these things and thoughts have put me in a quandry. I don’t feel ready to downsize but there is excess “stuff” in our life. At what point do I tackle this? One should live each day like it could be their last. So does that mean I should get all these items organized and decluttered and then sit back and enjoy life? Or do some and put some aside for say the winter of ’29 (random number that seems far away but isn’t)?
- Picture To do list
- Scrapbook trip album
- Slides to digital
- Slide photos to album
- Grandchildren yearly photo books
- Age related To do list
- End of life binder
- Declutter certain areas
- Update wills (?)
- What am I missing??
As I said it feels like a huge rabbit hole and not the internet kind. Any thoughts about decluttering? About downsizing stuff or your living arrangement? Any sage words of advice totally welcome except from the packrat that is!