Saving Fifty Years Of Bakery Receipts
Recently, I relocated my dad from Florida to the Northeast. I am still airing out his damp and smelly file folders which seem to be casualties of poor climate control (dad never used his air conditioner....in FLORIDA!
Rescuing Old Wedding Albums
When dad's boxes were shipped up North, I unpacked loose wedding pictures that were missing their album cover and I wondered where the rest of the photos were ? It was fun to see my mother and dad so young at the same age in the photos as my children are now, but these photo album pages were fragile and I'm glad I rescued them in the nick of time.
Downsizing Mom And Dad
organizing old stuff. If your parents are in their 80s, it time to think about the next chapter in their lives.
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Besides buying clear storage boxes, I would suggest also buying an assortment of different sized clear plastic storage bags with good slider seals. They even make a giant freezer bag which is great for storing very large photos. I would also buy a permanent marker (Sharpie) that can write on plastic so you can label your boxes and bags with categories, i.e. "Florida photos" as well as where these organized containers or bags are going "Steve's basement" or "Mom's new apartment".
Be Gentle With Mom And Dad's Memories: Use A Little Psychology
Most families hold onto photographs, but what about collections of seemingly silly papers such as old bakery or grocery receipts? While it may seem to you a simple matter to toss out old bakery receipts it is still difficult for parents to let go of memories. Try saving one receipt instead of boxes of clutter. The task of downsizing goes smoother when you use some psychology in the process.
And when you decide that indeed there are boxes of papers that need to be dumped.... it is best not to carry on about this task in front of your hoarding parents. Be gentle when "organizing" mementos...they may be junk to you, but they are keepsakes to your parents.
Getting Help From Grandchildren And Family Members
In theory it sounds like a good idea to recruit grandchildren, siblings and others when you are dividing mom and dad's collections of papers and momentos into keepers and tossers. The thought of team work is a good one but it is also a fairy tale. Buy some rubber gloves, roll up your sleeves and start your Mitzvah (good deed) on your own. At least you know YOU will get the job done in an organized fashion.
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C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists