Downsizing for the Baby Boom Generation:
A Better Approach
A story is playing out across the country, in thousands of homes, to scores of people. It goes like this: After decades of living in a big house, big enough to raise a family, baby boomers and some older Gen Xers are downsizing. The kids are finally off the payroll and out of the basement, and it’s time to simplify and reduce space, and ultimately, possessions. And that’s where it gets tricky.
Years of family life, especially in big homes with basements and garages, leads to accumulation of family-life stuff. Boxes of kids’ art and report cards, letters and cards, sports equipment, photo albums, soccer trophies, and crates and crates of Lego and Playmobil that was being kept for “the grandchildren,” all needs to be sorted. Some of it just can’t be discarded, some of it can, but this is not the time to make that decision.
All Change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end.
Downsizing is a life-changing event, and it’s stressful. One chapter of the story is ending, and a new one beginning, and although it’s exciting, it’s also tinged with melancholy that the babies are grown up and out of the nest. There are enough decisions to make right now, and sorting through a lifetime of memories shouldn’t be one of them.
This is where a service like Second Closet can help. It’s wise to leave the sorting and decision-making to a time when things have calmed down. We often reach a point in any move where we foolishly throw things out just so we don’t have to move them, but with that comes regret.
Before moving, during the packing stage, simply place all those precious memories in a Second Closet box, have them picked up and stored in a temperature-controlled storage space, and when you’re ready, take a deep breath and have them brought back to you. Some of it might still get thrown out, some of it will get redistributed to the kids. And maybe some of it will go back into storage for future use – like those crates of Lego and Playmobil, because there are still many more chapters ahead.