Maybe you've been waiting for a chunk of time to:
organize your office
organize your photos
start some serious gardening
create scrapbooks of your travels....
Apr 13, 2010
The key word here is "organization." Of course, we librarians love to organize things. But we also have the tendency to hang on to things. You may find that there are many things on the home front that can use your organizational expertise. You owe it to your loved ones to take an inventory of items in your house that are meaningful and that you'd like to give to your children, other relatives, or friends. Take it one room at a time. My stepmother used adhesive tape on the back or bottom of items designating the person by name that she wanted to give it to. Our children threaten us with holding a big bonfire after we're gone. Years ago I asked our children to go through each room and identify what they would like. The only problem with this approach is that all of them want he same items. I once downloaded a free software program that helps with doing a household inventory. What I really want to do is to identify family heirlooms and other meaningful items and add the history or reason why it is important to keep in the family. You can designate a charity, like the Salvation Army or Goodwill, to give furniture, clothing, etc. that your children may not want to keep. Ultimately the children will decide what they want to keep, but you can help them by documenting items so that they can make an "informed decision" (does that sound familiar?).
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