Clear Space at National Seniors – Adelaide East Branch

On October 16, I was invited by Gary Byron (pictured right) Vice President of National Seniors Australia, Adelaide East Branch to speak at their monthly members’ meeting.

The topic was about Downsizing and Estate Clearances.

It was an interactive, hour long talk in which I gave the 40+ attendees many effective and ready-to-use tips, information, inspiration and anecdotes related to downsizing or needing to clear a home or Estate of unwanted items.

Some of the key points I focussed on were:

  • It’s OK to have amassed a lifetime of belongings, you’ve earned that.  But ask yourself, “how much stuff is enough that I’ll be comfortable or happy”?  As you get older, having people around makes you more happier than having stuff.
  • People will generally fall in to two sides when it comes to their items – you’re a “keeper” or a “chucker”.  So, your personality will often dictate your willingness, ability and time needed to let go.
  • Start making decisions and declutter your home way before any planned move date – and even if you’re not planning to move – otherwise, you may lose control of making these decisions and/or need to make them under duress because of some unexpected, and often traumatic, life event.
  • Your items don’t have feelings and you’re in control of them.  Your love for, or relationship with a person is not going to change if you decide to let go of a particular item associated with them.

  • You’re not a museum for your adult children’s stuff anymore – give them a deadline to come get it.  The same with items you’ve been kindly storing in your home for others.
  • Accept that your children are less likely to want your stuff.  Your 12-person, gold leaf Wedgewood dinner set, collection of crystal decanters & glasses and box of your Great Aunt’s doilies, for example.
  • Don’t have a garage sale to sell items – or let a random person pick through your stuff.  You’ll have all sorts of opportunistic people with alternate motives at your home.  Often buying items for way less than their market value.  I use auction houses on behalf of my clients.
  • Don’t assume charities will want all or any of your items.  They are far more selective these days.
  • How far back dated are the tax records you’re storing at home?  Why?  The oldest I’ve heard from any audience member is 1958!
    Let me know using Facebook, if you’re game, how old your records are.

If you’re interested in having me speak at your next meeting or event,
get in touch by calling 0404 361 386.

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