Stop Clutter in your Retirement Living
Yes, it is important to stop clutter in your retirement living.
Did you know how taking control of your clutter helps make your life better? Are there too many dinosaurs living in your home.? Do some need to be cleared away?
Will this make any difference? If you have to ask this question, you don’t have control of the clutter in your life. Safety is the single most important reason to stop clutter in your retirement living and start actually getting rid of clutter.
For someone who is organized and has always lived a life of discarding the clutter in their life, congratulations.
For most of us, it didn’t happen that way. Those who were raised in a time of scarcity and scant material possessions usually find that when you reach the time of having more physical possessions, you soon lose your sense of balance. Balancing what you really need to maintain or improve your daily life is an issue for some.
Difficulty releasing items that are no longer meaningful or useful to you is a common issue for most retirees.
The items become more of a reminder of how hard you worked. When you have achieved your retirement years, many things are no longer of value to you moving forward with retirement living. However, they have been a permanent part of your life till now, and letting go is difficult.
Can you become a wise old owl and get that clutter under control?
A Personal Confession
One particular item that comes to mind is a big round red tin storage box that may have held decorated Christmas cookies many years ago. It is now filled to the brim with rusty clippies and bobby pins. There are old clips of different sorts designed to hold towels around clients necks while receiving hair care services.
There is a plastic scrubber full of pink roller picks from days so long gone that the memories are brought back only by great effort.
Old dull scissors that probably won’t even cut paper, and haven’t been sharp enough to work for thirty years.
If the test was applied about the wisdom of taking this bit of trivia that has not seen the light of day in twenty-plus years on move to a deserted island?
Of course not. No need for it.
But it still survives
Yes, that big old red can survives, taking up spaces, and having to be moved out of the way on occasion. Why does something of this sort give one comfort and allow it to survive the many cleaning out times of before? A good evaluation would probably be required to sort that one out.
The fact that the once new equipment has a combined value of over a thousand dollars? It is not worth a dollar in today’s market.
This “red can” will probably survive the next round of elimination as well. The mind is a strange thing and attaches to even stranger things. If my living space grows any smaller, it will quite obviously have to go. If there is no closet to tuck it into, it would have to sit out on the floor in some obscure location where I would surely trip over it.
Like the area and throw rugs that are such much-appreciated accessories that are being worked out. No, those rugs aren’t worth the risk. The small footstool my grandfather built many years ago. The chairs that roll out from under you when you set.
What is your “hidden secret?”
For men, I think this is seen in caps, free gimmie caps. The kind that is given as sales promotions. From service companies and construction companies that no longer exist? Unlike the old forgotten matchbooks, you can not come in and toss them into a basket to take up little space.
So you ever throw a cap away? When they have survived one too many lawn mowings, do they get tossed? What about old magazines? Used up clothing. The list can go on forever for the excess items we humans tend to keep. Then add the age factor. This seems to make us toss less. Soon we live in a space that is crammed with stuff we never use. Things we don’t want to use.
No, caps are not often tossed at our house either. They lay on top of the chest or dresser, or door handle till someone quietly drifts by and quickly drops it into the trash. These are just easy examples of the way our minds work. There isn’t time or room here to talk about Mom’s what-knot collection. Dad’s tools we inherited. You know, the list goes on.
We no longer live in a time of scarcity. There are stacks of brand new caps on the top closet shelf. More than can be worn in a lifetime. So as a retired senior citizen, it is safe to say that you have enough for a while. Toss the used up ones.
As a retired hairdresser who laid down the shears, except for occasional trims, that red tin box is not in danger of being called on for anything. So why not throw it away?
They have a life of their own
See how these useless items soon clutter up our lives to the point that having a neatly organized kitchen is a questionable goal.
Do you have the original rolling pen received in your wedding shower in nineteen fifty-six? Add that to the one my mom kept house with all her life. Then one that was from my kids’ grandmothers’ kitchen.
Remind me again why we had rolling pins?
Does housing these items that we no longer use leave space for the new vegetable spiralizer?
What do you think? How nice would a kitchen be with what we use stored in it? Do away with all the items that you don’t use anymore? Important to “keep a house” in the late fifties and on through the next sixty years.
The bottom of the old pyrex coffeemaker from days before having electric coffee pots that are so technology-based that they come with directions in 4 languages!
Need not continue, there is no end to the collections of life found in our kitchen.
A desirable goal?
So would cleaning out give us a new lease on life? Is it a desirable goal?
What about the cast iron skillets? Yes, there is one that is used for cornbread. The other four?
Believe me, I hear your grunts of indignation at suggesting you get your old useless clutter moved out and make room for what you want and need.
As time passes, and cleaning takes longer because we move slower. Just taking care of less stuff is a desirable goal.
Knowing that you know where everything is and have made using items less difficult because you don’t have so much stuff. You know you have an old-fashioned ice pick in one of the drawers, but which one?
This may help
The method that works for me is plastic storage containers that are big enough to store this clutter. At least the items that you are not able to palm off on your kids.
After all why else did you have children, but to help carry on with family traditions? Preserve your family’s heritage? Yes, this getting rid of clutter and organization subject is a personal and unsettling topic.
With a household to sort out and more than a lifetime of treasures, this will require more than one attempt. However, as with most things since retiring, the 2nd attempt will usually result in clearing out a bit more.
There are rooms in your home with clutter as well as the kitchen, remember?
There will be many runs at getting this place in order. The organizational gurus promise that it will so worthwhile.
Improve the quality of daily life. Make a less stressful retirement living space.
Well, all that is good, the thing that really got me was the safety issue. Finally realizing that our living space needed to be safe to get around in regardless of declining abilities was the kicker for me. The longer we can be safe in our own home, the longer we get to live here.
What will cause you to get to work on this project? Can you share some of your experiences, both positive and negative as you navigate this area of your life? I would love to hear how this time in your life worked for you.
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