Decluttering a Lifetime of Belongings

Wendel and Carolyn Thompson are assisted by Jewel Flick, center, of Let's Move, a downsizing and moving specialist. Credit J.M. Eddins Jr. for The New York Times

Wendel and Carolyn Thompson are assisted by Jewel Flick, center, of Let’s Move, a downsizing and moving specialist. [Credit J.M. Eddins Jr. for The New York Times]

By Elizabeth Olson

The amount of goods a couple can accumulate over 44 years living in the same house can be overwhelming. And that is what Wendel and Carolyn Thompson, of Columbia, Md., have been grappling with since January as they prepare to leave their split level and move to a retirement community this month.

…“One of my recommendations for handling this,” [said Ms. Thompson] “is don’t wait.”

Village members (and volunteers!) may find this article on the opportunities and challenges of downsizing to a smaller home both familiar and helpful. Please visit this permalink for the full article: http://nyti.ms/1tnOX2A

(Originally published Aug. 22, 2014 in The New York Times as “Moving to a Smaller Home, and Decluttering a Lifetime of Belongings”.)

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2 thoughts on “Decluttering a Lifetime of Belongings

  1. Yes! This is so important. I read somewhere that you spend the first (roughly) 40 years of your life accumulating stuff and should spent the next 40 years of your life getting rid of stuff. I guess I better get on that soon!

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