Everyone gets organized at some point, they just might not be around for it.
This true, albeit morbid comment, was one I read several years ago, and it has stuck with me. When we’re gone, someone will be responsible for getting our affairs in order, including going through all our things and purging and sorting.
I’ve seen my fair share of houses that look like this room in the picture. I think about what it will be like for those left behind to sort through it all. I’m at the stage in my life where many people I know have lost their parents, and even when they weren’t hoarders, there is so much work involved with going through a lifetime of accumulations. Most of the things they don’t want nor need, so there’s a lot of packing, purging, giving things away or throwing them away. One person told me it took her almost three months to sort through it all, and she was exhausted and resentful.
I don’t think most people realize the burden this places on their loved ones. Don’t you think we should try to make things as easy as possible for our children when we’re gone? If you have 5 sets of china that you rarely use, why not give them to someone who could use them now? Why not ask your children what they might want, and get rid of the rest on your own, and not leave that burden up to them?
I imagine when I’m gone, my daughter will inherit my jewelry, family photos and maybe some crystal and silver flatware. Other than that, there isn’t much I’m attached to. It’s just ‘stuff’. If you knew me, you’d know you shouldn’t come to my house and leave something lying around unless you want it thrown out, so with few exceptions I don’t have much in the way of clutter or things that don’t serve a purpose…whether that purpose is purely aesthetic or functional, or both.
What about you? Can you relate to the picture above? What do you plan to leave behind? I know it’s morbid, but we need to consider…what will be our legacy?