When we start to clear out stuff, these phrases inevitably come out in the conversation, whether it be aloud or in our head.
At first it may be interesting but then for the listener it can become tedious. On the other hand it can also give you quite an insight into the past life of your friend, family member or client.
Everyone has a story – no matter how little or big. Expressing that story to a listener is a vital part of the purging process. It enables us to explain, reminisce and ultimately say goodbye in a feel good, balanced way. Of course it’s more time consuming, but let’s focus on the experience of letting go and savour the trust between you. Otherwise, they would not be sharing the tale of their possessions with you. You then, are also involved and required to be respectful of the memories. Not always easy but extremely crucial. Relax in your efficiency mode and let the experience be a positive one – you will be surprised at the ease and willingness that follows.
Some good music, a nice cup of tea or specialty coffee always helps the ambiance if it’s a big project or a lot of history. If you are going through this with a loved one, consider it time well spent together instead of just another to do item to cross off your list.
Many life changes are traumatic so let’s do our best to minimize the negative and make it something worth remembering.