My mother is now a proud Grandma. In a few short weeks her grand-daughter is coming for a visit and my mom was shopping for some toys at the store. I said to her, “What about all my old toys in the basement she could have those.” Her reply, “ Those are all old and dirty, I want to get new ones.” While I don’t disagree the question begs, why have we been keeping my toys stored in the basement for 30 years? (I love you Mom)
Sure I am partly giving my mom a hard time, but we often keep things “because we might need them” or “so-and-so may want them”. Yet when the time comes along they are out-dated, destroyed, gross or just plain not relevant any more. Make sure you ASK the person you are saving things for if they will want/use them. And really think it through. This can apply at home or work with such things as: magazines, books, reference materials, journals, conference books, old equipment, artwork, toys, clothes, furniture and more.
For example—many of you save furniture for your college kids. With the money/time/effort it cost to store the furniture all those years wouldn’t you be better off just buying them some great used furniture when they need it? Food for thought…..