Combining and Downsizing – Dealing with a Big Change

We are on the move again.  We are going back to the days when families lived together to share the costs of just living.  It will not be easy, but I know we will learn to respect each other and work for understanding.  We are hoping that having the age differences will inspire us all to learn and share experiences that will bring new inspiration and joy to us all.

I am a gatherer.  We downsized several years ago and now I see that I have again gathered too much stuff.  I do not know why it is so hard to let go of “my stuff”.   It is so silly to have so much stuff, clothes, knick-knacks, pigs—stuffed, figurines, mugs—so many pigs and I just like them all.  What to do?  I have been sorting my Mom’s clothes, thinking of the memories that I attach to those clothes.  I know in my head that there is somebody somewhere that could really use some nice used clothes.  I am not very good about letting go and keeping my possessions to a minimum.

My daughters are very good at this—so I am going to have them send me many positive thoughts about letting go of those things that are not necessary to keep.  My wonderful husband is so tolerant of my gathering—I also am so glad he is very gently helping me to let go and get rid of much of my gatherings.

I do hope to learn in this move that I can give away and still be a whole person without all “my stuff”.


About Marilyn

I am a "retired senior" (I've been a school librarian and library tech for a government research facility) who is now pursuing a dream of a home business sewing bags of all sorts, crafting and being the creative person I have always wanted to be. I grew up in the center of Illinois and dreamed of actually living back in the state of Colorado where I was born and lived till the age of 7. That dream came true when I met my husband of 43 years while working together in Estes Park. I am interested in alternative medicine, continuing the good health I've always had, while returning to the pre-processed food era of: eating well, losing weight, and using products that do not harm the environment, me, my family and friends. I am for labeling GMO’s, using sustainable products, organics and finding solutions to everyday problems, like colds and sore muscles, using natural remedies. I have a positive attitude that has helped through a very hard year and will bring forth a life that will be full and happy. My family is wonderful and I am a happy lady, wife, mother, and grandma.

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