Retirement is a perfect time to reduce the stuff that crowds your life – whether it’s your environment, your schedule, or your mind. You would think that the simplest would be to de-clutter your environment. Get rid of the extraneous stuff that has accumulated.
But what do you do when you live life with a hoarder partner who firmly believes “he with the most stuff wins”? Even the simplest of de-cluttering can be a minefield.
So with that mind-field in mind, I needed a personal coaching session for inspiration this winter. So here it goes:
My Blog Is My Life Coach: Winter De-cluttering
Is it beautiful, useful, well-loved? If you don’t love it, if you don’t use it, if it no longer fits your lifestyle, if it no longer fits….get rid of it. You will not begin to love it, you won’t use it, and in reality, if it does fit in the future, you’d rather treat yourself to something new anyway!
You will not use that soup tureen, that silver-plated pitcher & serving dishes, those brandy glasses, nor that punch bowl. You haven’t in 25 years since you got them as wedding presents! It is time to let them go.
Get rid of the former work clothes. No, you will not ever wear those jackets with blue jeans…. no matter how often you look at the Talbot’s catalogue for inspiration.
And old sports gear and dinghy sports attire. Yes, I have 25-year-old skis and I know I will never, ever use them again.
And bookshelves of books, cases of CDs, DVDs, even vinyl – there are not enough years to re-read and listen to all of that.
A garage full of tools and toys – including old tools we inherited. Really, who would ever use a hand scythe on an urban postage-stamp lawn? Why do we have a baby swimming pool? And a basket of old volleyballs that don’t stay inflated?
So which of these items can I get rid of without the minefield of hubby screaming “you’re killing me– I need that – it’s mine”. We shall see… But I’m now inspired to de-clutter this winter!!
What are you de-cluttering from your life in retirement?
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