For years, with both happiness and sadness, parents have sent their children off to college and the children leave a lot of their “STUFF” behind. This “STUFF” has a tendency to “hang out” at the house for a long time. Somehow this gives parents the feeling that “The children will be back because they want their “STUFF”
In a lot of cases, parents whose children left the family home years ago – for college, pursuing a career, or for marriage, left behind “STUFF” that is still hanging around in the basement and attic. When I work with clients I find and I am told; “Oh that belongs to Suzie (or Dick), I have it until they have room.”Fall is when many of us are thinking of clearing out our gardens and preparing them for winter. This would also be a perfect time to start weeding out all the stuff that has been hanging around your parent’s homes that you left behind when you moved on with your lives.Three suggestions on how to begin to help your parents to organize and downsize and get rid of the trash you or your siblings left behind.
- Send a friendly little email to your siblings, telling them what you plan and when you are planning to do it.
- Give them a specific date that if they want anything they left behind to come and take it away.
- Stick to the plan. When the deadline comes and goes, start the clean out process, and donate, sell, or throw out all items that you do not want or need.
You will feel so much better for having done this and so will your parents. Remember this will need to be done sooner or later and NOW is a perfect time to start.