Morgan Hill Today 2014 12 Winter - Page 64

Downsizing… Rightsizing? Finding The Next Right Home By Larry J. Mickartz 64 M O R G A N H I L L T O D A Y W I N T E R 2 0 1 4 “We all eventually reach that point in life when ‘downsizing’ is the most rational alternative. But, alas, there is often much emotion tied to the experience once the rational decision is made. We accumulate so much in life which contributes to the memory bank of experiences with family and friends. When we have the space to store, we just continue to accumulate and defer decisions on disposition of the collected memorabilia. Once we bite the bullet and actually downsize to a smaller living space we must make the tough decisions on disposition; should we retain, should we provide to a family member or a friend, should we sell or donate, or should it just go to the dump? My wife Elaine and I have been implementing a major downsizing in the past 6 months. As difficult as it is, we have had a positive experience sharing what we have accumulated with family and friends and/or providing to someone who can put it to better use. All in all it has been a positive experience, which has allowed us to relive and share many past memories while shedding a very large number of storage boxes, which we would otherwise be tripping over in our new ‘downsized’ living space. To downsize is a rational decision. To implement a downsize decision can be an emotional roller coaster. Always look on the positive side, relive and share the memories and get rid of those storage boxes.” Dana Ditmore