Possessions & Time – Series for Downsizers

Helen Flynn May 24, 2018

In 2018, the Seniors Solutions Team within the Eric Stewart Group began.  Eric Stewart and Helen Flynn, two certified Seniors Real Estate Specialists (SRES®), realized their combined knowledge and passion for helping seniors navigate real estate and downsizing.  They’ve been conducting multiple seminars and classes on how to Rightsize your Life, Age in Place, and help you answer the question: what is your preferable future?  Over the next few months, we’ll be introducing Helen with portions of her books with valuable information for your mental, physical, and intellectual well being.  This month is from Jewels for Boomers.

 Seniors with assurance man at home

Possessions ( Pearl)

Pearls and possessions

can be associated with

tears and luminescence. 

You can’t take it with you. Isn’t it amazing what we accumulate in our lives? I know there are some disciplined people who purge regularly and live simply.  Most of us, though, are savers to one degree or another.  In my days as a REALTOR®, I would feel a twinge of sadness to see left-over Christmas decorations, knick knacks, and toys abandoned in a sold house. It is sad to think of how hard we have worked to accumulate stuff it costs money to get rid of.  It is interesting to look back on stages of our lives and what was once important.  Remember building your china and silver patterns? 

There is no time like the present to think about what possessions – tangible and intangible – are most important to you, whether you are downsizing or not.  I’ve always said that if we had a fire, my husband would first rescue the mahogany grandfather clock given to his grandfather for his years of service at Kodak.  It’s not just the things; it’s the meaning behind it. 

I have moved things more than once only to dispose of them eventually.  Sometimes we just are not ready and that’s okay!  Sometimes taking pictures of things and putting them in an album preserves the cherished memory.  

What have you put on your Scarlett O’Hara list to think about tomorrow?  Tomorrows seem to pass a little quicker now and they are limited.  What are the things you always meant to do and never did?  Who are the people you need to reconnect with; reach out to?  Who are the people that need to know you love them, are proud of them, or appreciate them?  

Know that things are not

the source of happiness. 


The Seniors Solutions Team consists of certified Seniors Real Estate Specialists (SRES®)  within the Eric Stewart Group.  These members are dedicated to serving the senior population with any questions they have about downsizing, rightsizing, and home buying and selling.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out today.   Drop us a comment, register for one of our classes, or call 800-900-9104, option #5, and let us know who you are and how we can help.  Tune in Sunday mornings at 8:30AM for the Seniors Solutions show on WMAL!  We look forward to speaking to you soon.  Download our Rightsizing Guide by clicking on the link below!

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