A Three-Step Process to Take It All With You, by Shirley George Frazier. All rights reserved.

A Three-Step Process to Take It All With You

To me, legacy is defined as “Save nothing!

I don’t think my daughter wants any of my possessions when my life is done, and I’m not upset one bit.

She has her own style and doesn’t prefer the antiques with carved legs that I adore, furniture made solidly at a time when crafting was an art.

I respect her choice, and she respects mine. Because of that, I’m exercising care to savor all I have and be frugal with purchases from this date forward.

  • I’m wearing everything. There will be no clothing, jewelry, or footwear in my closet with tags that represent my purchase without it ever being worn.
  • I’m sitting on everything. Every chair, stool, couch, and horizontal surface will have supported my butt numerous times.
  • I’m touching everything. All of my possessions will show wear. At the end, it will be tattered, frayed, and worn down to the nub.

This goal didn’t just begin, but it has been magnified since reading several articles about how young people want their own style choices and not hand-me-downs from family members.

I recall my family claiming treasured items that were owned by deceased loved ones, and I believe that practice still occurs today without media reports about the transition.

Instead, published articles such as this one and this one (video included) focus on legacy’s climate change and how young people idolize particle board furniture rather than what we more-mature individuals consider as goods made with quality workmanship.

Some of the comments beneath the articles are insightful, explaining that younger generations live in smaller dwellings that do not accommodate the home furnishings once coveted as “must haves.” That’s a valid point to consider when your lifestyle is much different than theirs.

Like you, I’m grateful for my possessions. Nothing I own is taken for granted. Spending has decreased because I have all that I want in the possession column unless something unexpectedly breaks or wears down so much that it needs replacement, and in most cases, the replacement will be a well-taken-care-of, second-hand item.

I’m not saying that I don’t deserve brand new stuff. Washing machines, stoves, and refrigerators are in that category. What’s new and what’s not is subjective, a decision you make based on your lifestyle. I know my preferences, and so do you.

Take a look around your home. What do you own that you appreciate but rarely find time to touch, access, or wear? Is this the time in your life to take inventory of your wonderful possessions to ensure that you enjoy every one of them right now?

At the end of my journey, everything I own will bear scars, holes, and other evidence of a well-lived life. What’s your plan?

About the Author

Shirley George Frazier

Shirley George Frazier is an author and speaker on small business, marketing, and creative industries. She is the world's expert on the gift basket industry, assisting manufacturers and retailers seeking to add this lucrative revenue stream to their businesses. Call Shirley at 973-279-2799 or email Shirley@ShirleySpeaks.com to schedule a gift basket consultation or have her speak at your next event.

4 Comments

  1. Shirley,

    I got a chuckle from reading this post because it echoes my feelings to a “t”.
    Long ago when my kids were hitting their teenage years, they’d always rush to the door when I returned from shopping to see what I had for them. In those days I began to realize that it wasn’t all about them, so I always made it a point to get something for “me” each time. I also made it a point to immediately “wear” or “use” whatever I bought. I often joked to my husband that if I predeceased him, he’d have to buy his next wife all new stuff since mine would be worn out.

    As the years have gone by, however, I’ve realized, like you, that my kids and even grandkids who are all grown up now, aren’t going to want the stuff I value. So, one day as I was admiring my teapot collection, it occurred to me that it would be smarter to give those pots away now to people and organizations who would appreciate them rather than leave them for my kids to toss. Besides, it would give me fewer things to dust. So, I gifted my teapots to a few people and a charity.

    Wow! Your post resonated with me so much that looks I’ve written my own post here.

  2. Hi Flora,

    You’ve made wise and wonderful decisions about how to part with items now that you know will not be coveted by your family.

    I’m glad you’ve shared your thoughts about this. In the articles I sight, young people gave their opinions. This is where we, the mature set, get our say!

  3. Dee

    Hello Shirley, your post resonated with me so much. I feel the same way…everything will be lovely used. And I try my best to share and send a few of my favorate things to others to enjoy as well. There’s something about giving/sharing that does the mind, body and soul good.

    1. Hello Dee!

      I wholeheartedly agree and am so glad the post was inspiring. I’m still on track to wear and use everything I own, and I’m enjoying every moment!

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