The passing of family treasures from one generation to the next has been going on for centuries. In many ways, entrusting family heirlooms to our children has been a sacred right of passage. What do we do when our heirs are not interested in continuing the tradition?!
It’s a new day with a new mentality about sentiment and substance. The Millenials say, for them, life is less about stuff and more about experiences. Their priorities may seem confusing to us, but they are blazing their own path and excess baggage isn’t part of that equation.
Perhaps it’s time for us to take a step back and see if this generation is really on to something. How much are we holding on to that has blessed our life in the past, is meaningless in our life today, and could burden our life in the future?
I hope you’ll plan to join us for some good discussion and a few downsizing tips that can be incorporated into your daily routines!
Are you a child of the Silent Generation? A Baby Boomer? A part of Generation X or a Millennial? When you were born and the values you held as you grew into adulthood will certainly impact your vision of the Downsizing process.
This should be an interesting and informative evening as we continue our discussion about scaling down. I’ll share some fun facts about “your” generation. We’ll talk about what’s “hot” and what’s “not” as you think about living lighter, and what housing options are “trending” with your peers.
Maybe you’re not quite ready to consider retirement living, but it’s never too early to start talking about the possibilities of Blessing Yourself With Less. I hope you’ll plan to join us!
If you’ve always thought of downsizing as a final move for the elderly, think again. This life-changing event has taken on new meaning for the Baby Boomer generation and caused a ripple effect in the lifestyles of the Generation Xers and Millennials in ways we never would have expected.
Downsizing has as many faces as the people who are jumping on board. Want to go big? Go small? Or very little at all? That’s what’s happening!
I hope you will join us on Thursday as we begin our fourth and final phase of our book study, Downsizing and Legacy.
Making decisions about a loved one’s estate is never easy. Many times the task is complicated by undefined guidelines, heightened emotions, and overlying grief.
This month we’re talking about Saving Your Loved One’s Memorabilia as we continue our reading of The Mindset of Organization by Lisa Woodruff. Memories are attached to everything we touch, yet reason pushes us to stay in the moment. We find there is no wrong way or right way to approach this daunting charge, but there are some valuable tools that can help us navigate the journey and honor and preserve the memory of the one we love.
I hope you will plan to join us, share your own experiences and help us all to grow.
See you on Thursday!
Moving forward with our reading this month* we will discuss Phase Three – Survival. Our author becomes so relatable in this chapter. We’ve all been there…some days it’s all we can do to put one foot ahead of the other…forget about the housekeeping, forget about getting or staying organized, the operative word here is survival. So, what can we do to off load some of the pressure? We’ll talk about that too. I hope you can join us!
*The Mindset of Organization By Lisa Woodruff
The month of December is generally a “free month off” from the pressures of dealing with our clutter. Holiday responsibilities and festivities have a way of consuming our minds and our lives so completely that just keeping up with daily chores is a home run!
The New Year is met with a spirit of evaluation. We have the opportunity to look back and assess our actions and re-actions to the year we’ve left behind. We don’t have to change direction, but it’s a pretty good time to consider how our life might be enhanced if we did.
I find my inspiration in the tranquility of the moment. The tree, lights, ornaments, garland and whimsy have been stripped from their temporary place of honor and packed away for one more year. In their absence, the sense of new space, expansive walls and unadorned tabletops washes over me like a breath of fresh air. I have been given an opportunity to “experience” the possibility of a house with less clutter.
This month’s book study topic is very timely. We are talking about memorabilia, and nostalgia. What compels us to hold on, when our better judgment says let it go? Will this year be a “new” year or just “another” year?
I hope you will join us!
This month we’re moving on to Phase II in our book study*. This is the Accumulation Phase of life. It spans the ages 21-40. For most in our group, that time of life is now in the rear view mirror, but it wasn’t so long ago that we don’t remember…that’s where it all began.
Marriage, buying a first home, setting up housekeeping, and starting a family are life events that lead to acquisition and accumulation like we have never experienced before. For our author, the addition of a teaching career and a home-based business was enough to throw her into overload. That’s when Lisa began her “Sunday Basket” approach to control the chaos. She says, “everything I know about organizing can be learned with the Sunday Basket.”
Could the Sunday Basket philosophy work for you? One member of our group has already endorsed it as a great tool for getting and staying more organized. I hope you will join us, as we continue to share Lisa’s story and discover that it is much like our own.
*The Mindset Of Organization, Lisa Woodruff
If you recall, the weather forecast for the evening of our October meeting was a bit threatening. Despite the warnings, a few determined souls threw caution to the wind (literally) and made their way through the windstorm that never really materialized.
We covered the introduction to our new book, The Mindset Of Organization, by Lisa Woodruff. This month, we’ll walk through Phase One, Childhood and Adolescence. Is it really possible that the guidelines for cleaning a child’s room could apply to our bedrooms as well? If you’ve ever struggled with discarding a masterpiece created by your child or grandchild, we have an exercise that might help you to see things in a new light.
I hope you will join us as we continue this delightful book. It has the potential to change how we all approach organization.
Labor Day has become a defining mark in our year. We have four months left on the calendar, but from here forward, we will live in the parameter of the 2016-2017 season! From the school year, to concert series, theater packages, TV programing and sporting events, those in charge have declared that we’re starting over, Happy New Year!
Of course our group is following suit! On Thursday we will evaluate several book possibilities for our 2016-17 reading adventure. I think the book study format has given us structure and has kept us on course for some meaningful conversations about our issues with organization. As always, purchasing the book and reading along is optional. The discussion is structured as an overview that will enable everyone’s participation just by being present.
I’m really looking forward to our 2016-17 season, but more importantly, I’m looking forward to being with all of you!
This month we’re wrapping up our reading of The Organizing Sourcebook. Throughout the past year we’ve looked at eight strategies for simplifying our life. On Thursday we’ll look at strategy nine…Evaluate Honestly and Often. This chapter offers invaluable insight for traveling through the seasons of our life.
There is such truth in the adage, “the only thing constant is change”. We can experience a multitude of changes in our careers, families, relationships, finances and health. If we keep our eyes open, and respond instead of react to the ebbs and flows of life, we will have a much better chance of continuing our journey as “reasonably organized people”.
I hope you’ll join us!