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We all know the saying, "You can't take it with you", yet we all tend to save things as though we can.  Toss while you have the time and energy to do so!

If you're a senior citizen with a lifetime accumulation of "things" like, furniture, picture, old diaries, letters, trip souvenirs, to name a few, then it's probably time to distribute and thin out this stash.  Leaving it for your heirs is doing them no favor.  It's a very painful chore for loved ones to have to sift through knickknacks, old clothes, mementos, papers, documents, and heirlooms after you've gone.  So while you have the time and energy let's get to it!

To help you decide what should go and what should be passed on begin by asking yourself these three questions:  1.) Does it contribute to the family history?  2.) Am I using it now or would someone else be able to use it?  3.) Are these important documents?

Things that will contribute to the family history are old diaries, letters with biographical or geographical information and photos that are clearly marked with names and dates.  It's best to neatly organize, label, and pass them on to the person in the family who is most likely to keep all the material intact.  

Too often items are held on to that are very useful but not to you anymore.  More than one set of dinnerware is a common example since you no longer entertain perhaps handing it on to a young couple in your family might help them as they begin to entertain yet can't afford such lovely pieces.  And, less significant things can go directly to the church bazaar or local charity.  

posted on: 1/24/2012 10:38:01 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side

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