There are some good reasons why some grandparents have a clutter problem:
- Most of us have had half a century or more to accumulate things.
- Many of us are still housing some of our kids' belongings, even if the kids themselves moved out long ago.
- We may have inherited items from deceased parents.
- Our kids and grandkids may be enthusiastic gifters. We appreciate the thought but don't always need the objects.
- Many grandparents are frugal, which makes it more difficult for us to throw away or give away items.
Genevieve Parker Hill aims to change our ways with her book, Minimalism for Grandparents. When I finished reading Hill's hints for decluttering, I was inspired to start working on my house immediately. I didn't start, though, because my two grandsons were coming the next day. And then I had a granddaughter's birthday celebration coming up, and I needed to research some travel destinations for a trip we are planning to make with our kids and grandkids this summer.
That's another reason why some grandparents never get around to getting rid of the clutter. They'd rather be with the grandchildren.
Do you have the problem of too many things? If not, how have you tamed the tendency to accumulate too much?
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