More than four million retirees moved to a new home last year, and for many of them, that move involved downsizing—part of a process that necessarily involves getting rid of stuff. Often a lot of stuff.
The New York Times recently ran an interesting piece about the joys and traumas involved with deciding what to do with a lifetime of possessions. That purging “typically triggers a range of emotions,” the author wrote, ranging from joy to pain.
“The earlier you do it the better, physically, socially and financially,” Steven Sass, a research economist at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College was quoted as saying.
In my view, downsizing is about so much more than jettisoning stuff. It’s also about habits, relationships, identities and old expectations. The secret is to release MORE than you think you need to—things that will no longer serve you well regardless of how well they served you in the past—so that you have some OPEN space for new things to come in. Releasing “just enough” is like draining the bathtub to just below the rim. As soon as you get in it overflows AND there still isn’t room for anything new.
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