Dear Baby Boomers,
You are the generation who grew up with thrifty Depression-era parents. I get it. You resent your mom and dad for making you reuse plastic bags, so you are determined to collect lots of things like china, silver and knickknacks; shop at Costco; buy large homes. It’s fun for you. Plus, you plan to pass it all down to your children.
That’s wonderful you thought about us in your purchases. As it turns out, though, we don’t want your stuff. After the 2008 crash, decorating has turned to clean lines, less clutter and smaller spaces. Plus, people are catching on that stuff does not make them happy. Experiences are more fulfilling.
And all that stuff you think is so valuable? It’s not really. Our generation won’t buy it at auctions or garage sales.
I’m not the only one who has noticed this phenomenon. The Washington Post recently wrote about it in, “Stuff It: Millenials nix their parents’ treasures.”
My favorite line is the first: “A seismic shift of stuff is underway in homes all over America.”
So what should you do? It’s time to clean out and purge. Why? For one, you should be traveling the world, not stuck at home with your stuff. Two, it will save you and your children time and stress down the road if you clean out now.
And three, when you hire an expert, it makes the process easy and move a heck of a lot faster than if you were to do it yourself.
I am not saying get rid of everything. Keep the things you love. Keep the things your children love. But let’s get it down to the items that really bring you joy.
I recently cleaned out a baby boomer’s home to get it ready to stage before it went on the market. The client took what he wanted to keep, and then on clean out day he was not even there. We handled it all in a matter of hours. I worked with a junk removal service that took items to charities and got the client a tax deduction. I also worked and an auctioneer, who sold the more valuable items for the client.
Here is stuff from many rooms piled into the living room for easy removal.
After and ready for staging:
The garage before:
The garage after: